THE TAINT (2011) Reviews and overview

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The Taint is a 2011 American comedy horror feature film directed by Drew Bolduc (Assassinaut; Science Team; special effects on Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 and 2) and Dan Nelson from a screenplay written by Drew Bolduc. The latter stars, alongside Colleen Walsh, Cody Crenshaw and Kenneth Hall.

Picked up for distribution by Troma, The Taint has been compared to an over-the-top version of the early work of Peter Jackson (Bad Taste; Braindead), or Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case; Frankenhooker).

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The water is tainted. The Taint poisons the minds of men. It turns them into raging misogynists: brainless monsters who want nothing more than to crush women’s heads with rocks (or other objects).

When society is transformed into a land of sadistic violence and horrible brutality, it is up to Phil O’Ginny and his friend, Misandra, to combat the horrible evil that is The Taint. Can they survive?


“Utterly crude and rude, if you’re looking for an unapologetic gross-out film, you need to look no further than The Taint. The level of disgust this film achieves is truly epic. You’ve got to have a pretty iron constitution to stomach a lot of the stuff that goes on in The Taint…” Ain’t It Cool News

The Taint is micro-budget bliss […] Although it’s definitely not for the easily offended, I can’t help but recommend this feature to anyone with even a passing interest in grue-encrusted, 80′s-flavored cinema.”  Beyond Hollywood

” …for a certain type of viewer, it will be a completely winning gross-out experience. The special effects are actually pretty well done for a film of this obviously lo-fi approach, and in fact, there are several pretty gruesome shots which crop up with a fair degree of regularity that may have some viewers joining Bolduc in the real vomiting department.”

“What this movie lacked in acting and story, it more than made up for in overall character and technical production. In that respect, it reminds me a lot of Rubber.  It’s impressive to see what can be accomplished with a low budget.” Terrible Movies for Terrible People


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“Scene after scene of manhood mutilation and absurd levels of gore —  all with no real context — begin to wear thin extremely quickly. If as much creativity was put into a coherent storyline instead of inventive murder methods, there might have been something that resembled an intriguing plot somewhere in The Taint.” Vile Reviews

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” …there is some serious talent behind the camera and that saves a lot of the movie. It’s not a great movie but everyone should see The Taint at least once in their lives if anything, just so you can say that you’ve seen it. There isn’t anything out there quite like it…” Film Bizarro

Cast and characters:

Drew Bolduc … Phil O’Ginny & Drew
Colleen Walsh … Misandra
Cody Crenshaw … Houdini
Kenneth Hall … Ludas
Gabriella Herzberg … Sandy
Richard Spencer … Bob
Ariel Canton … Gina
Joey Tran … Boss
Patrick Gaskill … Drew’s Dad
Will Towles … Alligator House / Nazi Soldier / Caveman Misogynist
Mister Lobo … C*ckzantium Spokesperson
Giancarlo Agar … Machete Misogynist
Mike Baker … Misogynist #1
Natalie W. Baker … Morphina
Frank Bergaeimer … Misogynist #2

Technical details:

75 minutes

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