Director: Jason Lei Howden
Notable Cast: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman, Sam Berkley, Daniel Cresswell, Delaney Tabron
What happens when you take high school bullying, an immense love for metal, Satanism, tongue in cheek humor, and several doses of complete carnage and stick it in a blender? You get ninety minutes of Deathgasm. Being a complete New Zealand production, the country as of late has been churning out quality that Hollywood could only dream of. The booming film industry has been shining light on the country’s actors, writers and directors including Deathgasm’s Jason Lei Howden. Having dabbled with WETA, the veteran special effects workshop that worked on more films than one can count; Howden was well experienced in working with special effects which Deathgasm shows off in spades. But how does this love affair between metal and horror show its head? And even better, is it a worthwhile ride? It’s probably best to buckle your seat belt because this is going to be one hell of a ride.
Our lead, 26 year old Milo Cawthorne, plays Brodie, a metalhead who unwillingly moves in with his uncle, aunt, and his jackass cousin. Being an outcast without a break, things seem to change for the better when he runs into fellow metalhead Zak. Along with two friends that Brodie shares his likelihood to get his ass kicked with, the quartet form a new band called, you guessed it, Deathgasm. Cue in Medina, Brodie’s cousin’s girlfriend who takes a liking to Brodie quite quickly. Things suddenly take a turn when Zak and Brodie decide to break into a metal legend’s hiding spot and uncover some ancient pages with notes to a mysterious song. When the two metalheads barely escape after a hostile stranger breaks in after them, they decide to play the song. Well someone better tell these kids that not all songs are meant to be played.
Written By Elise Holmes
Elise Holmes is not your average writer. Dedicated to her Evil Dead fan site The Deadite Slayer, she is doing Fantasia Fest coverage this year for Blood Brothers! Check out her site HERE!