DEATHGASM (2015) Reviews and overview

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‘Evil is cumming…’

Deathgasm is a 2015 New Zealand comedy horror film written and directed by Jason Lei Howden.

The movie stars Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, and Kimberley Crossman.



New kid in town Brodie and bad-boy Zakk quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal rock music. But when these two metal-heads unwittingly summon up a demon known as The Blind One, their dreams of stardom may just have to be put on hold


“Practical effects are front and center and they look wicked good. The effects crew didn’t reinvent the wheel, but they obviously had a good time bloodying up time honored traditions like gaping eye sockets and seriously wild blood splatter. And slo-mo double-sided dildo fights, of course.” Bloody Disgusting

“In between the rampant four-letter words and the occasional partial nudity are likable attempts at humor — some sweet, some saucy.” The New York Times

“The humor is crude, and not quite as funny as it thinks it is, but the horror scenes are fun, and Deathgasm never drags. It’s been hailed as a new classic by metalheads, but I still think there’s an even better heavy metal horror film waiting to be made out there.” Paste magazine

” …loads of great practical gore and splatter effects, along with some nice makeup for the look of the demons. The movie has above average production values for an indie flick and the comedy works (for the most part). It also does a decent job fleshing out key characters, so you actually care what happens to these people.” Upcoming Horror Movies

“Brodie is the every man metalhead that we can all relate too, and Medina is the girl next door that we’ve all lusted after. It’s the familiar aspects of Deathgasm that draw you in. I think if you ever listened to metal, you’ve had a friend like Zakk. Yet it’s the gory fun that keeps you watching all the way. It captures both the awkward reality and the powerful fantasy of the metalhead mindset.” UK Horror Scene

” …this amiably dumb feature debut for New Zealand writer-director Jason Lei Howden could have used some additional polish on the scripting side to bump its bad-taste humor up from the routinely to the inspirationally silly.” Variety


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Deathgasm is brutal, bloody, fanatical fun on levels that deliver exactly what’s expected. Howden cranks the slasher genre to 11, and hypnotizes horror audiences through an onslaught of demonic mutilation that would have Dethklok themselves cheering with joy.” We Got This Covered

“The pacing of the film kind of falls apart a bit towards the end with the plot seeming to not really go anywhere, the finale was too predictable and cliched for me to really get into. Despite the faults, there is a lot good going for Deathgasm, the humour is worth watching it for as are the amazing practical effects…” The Rotting Zombie

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” …Howden goes practical-heavy for gory, glorious, ridiculous, and comedic effect. It also doesn’t hurt that he clearly knows his metal, mocking only what he loves. Shamelessly low-brow, reaching a beer-fueled gleeful high with a zombie-vs.-sex toys battle, it’s a very metal tribute to the grand tradition of Kiwi splatter comedies.” The Austin Chronicle

” …while the special effects makeup shows great skill, the writing displays little maturity. While it’s enjoyable to see enormous dildos and other sex toys used as weapons, it’s a shame the only woman in the film (Kimberly Crossman) is essentially treated as a walking trophy. There’s sticking to original tropes and there’s just being lazy.”  The Guardian

“Limitations are disappointing but somewhat understandable, as Deathgasm tends to play loud and hard for most of its run time, successfully achieving an anarchic energy before it fatigues too soon. However, its appreciation for metal and horror shines through with encouraging authority.”

Cast and characters:

Milo Cawthorne … Brodie
James Blake … Zakk
Kimberley Crossman … Medina
Stephen Ure … Rikki Daggers
Tim Foley … Vadin
Sam Berkley … Dion
Daniel Cresswell … Giles
Nick Hoskins-Smith … David
Colin Moy … Uncle Albert
Jodie Rimmer … Aunt Mary


Deathgasm has its World Premiere at SXSW in March and was released in the USA on October 2, 2015.

In the US, Dark Sky Films released a Blu-ray on January 5, 2016.

A British DVD release by Studio Canal was released on 4th April 2016.

Film Facts:

Walmart insisted on changing the title to Heavy Metal Apocalypse. This is the same Walmart that sells guns. Guns can be used to kill people. Movies can’t. Walmart censorship sucks.

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