Saturday, March 19, 2011
August Underground's Mordum (2003)
Directed By: Jerami Cruise, Killjoy, Michael Todd Schneider, Fred Vogel, and Cristie Whiles
So while most of the world was being completely freaked out and disgusted by the original August Underground, Fred Vogel and company had already started work on it's sequel, August Underground's Mordum. That film would be released in 2003 with Fred not being alone in the director seat, with credit also going to Jerami Cruise, Killjoy, Michael Todd Schneider, and Cristie Whiles. While pretty much using the same format as before, Mordum would actually add a little bit more of a plot into the whole situation and also up the shock. As a matter of fact, some would go as far as to say the bar there was raised so high that this film might very well be THE most disturbing film ever to be made and released. And after seeing it for myself, I may be forced to agree.
So two killers (one once again being played by Fred Vogel and the other I'm not 100% if he's the same dude from the original or not) once again go on a murdering spree and film all that they do with their trusty camera. However, this time around they welcome a third member into the group in the form of one of the killer's (played by Michael Todd Schneider) sister (played by Cristie Whiles). Now the thing here gets a little more complex and tricky when a bit of a love triangle develops between the three. Yes, a brother is nailing his sister, and they shockingly don't live in Alabama. What this all gives us is my pick for most f'd up film I have ever seen..Congratulations ToeTag pictures!!
While on the surface it's more of the same as we saw with the original, the addition of Cristie Whiles (who is strangely hot here) keeps you from becoming bored as she has the acting chops to match and keep up with Fred Vogel, as he once again gives us another grand "ape-sh*t" performance. If you thought just Fred was scary to watch last time, just imagine how it comes across when she is mixed in with him this time. And while Michael Todd Schneider does do a fine job in own right, and I give him much respect, I think anyone who sees this will remember Fred and Cristie from a performance level. But fear not for Michael Todd Schneider, he'll be remembered as well, but for some far FAR worse..more on that later.
The gore has once again been kicked into high gear as it goes out of it's way to top what we saw last time, and with the better video quality it does a great job keeping the real look, as I'm sure it was harder to do with a sharper picture. And if that doesn't get you the film incorporated a lot more puke to the fold as well. Now I can handle blood, no gore ever really gets to me. But when people start puking, and puking on one another, and using said puke for other nasty acts, your humble movie reviewer becomes sick to his own stomach. I also have no indication that the puke her wasn't in fact real, and if it was then I assume Cristie Whiles has the ability to barf on command. That's a hell of a woman right there, folks. There's one scene I won't spoil, but I'll be damned if Toetag didn't once again make me nearly lose my lunch once again.
Now when I said I think this may be the most f'd up movie I have ever seen I wasn't at all joking or trying to over hype it. It's what I believe. You see August Underground's Mordum doesn't just once again dive head long into murder, vomit, and gore. This time around the plot takes a belly flop right into necrophilia with a scene you'd just have to see to believe involving actor Michael Todd Schneider. And unfortunately it goes into pedophilia as well, a subject matter I will never be comfortable at all with. That scene takes place in the last portion of the film, and it drives home the case of this being the most disturbing movie ever made. Once again that scene involves Michael Todd Schneider, and while I know it's not real and I'm pretty sure it wasn't even a real child being used, it's still just makes you feel horrible when it comes on the screen. I keep hearing people talk and talk these days about A Serbian Film, this makes A Serbian Film look like an episode of Sesame Street. I won't let that one scene determine my score for this film, but I must admit I do wish it wasn't in there. Everything else up to that point is just pure sick fun.
It probably contains the most morally wrong scene ever filmed, and that may make most of you want to burn this one out in the streets, but it does also contain two VERY solid performances. Now it falls just short of the original because, well, the original is THE original and once you've fooled the public once and lead them to believe it's real, you just can't capture that same magic the second time out (see for example Paranormal Activity 2). But it does once again give you something to haunt you and if you see it first (and the one scene doesn't make you want to break the disc), you may even rank it personally above the original. However, I still gotta take the original over this one by a slight margin.
The Rating (6/10)