This Day in Horror

19 April 2015

Headless 2015 - REVIEW


Here we have another blind buy of mine after hearing all the rave reviews of this indie film that was coming in.  The company that put this one together was at Horrorhound Weekend this past March and had a slew of copies for sale.  Considering this is a spin off of the movie Found that is one of the best indie horror films out there in my opinion.  This is sure t be a slam dunk, right?  It really is amazing what filmmakers are able to do with a limited budget.  I mean if you have a good story and some decent acting you got a pretty good shot.

This film takes place in 1978 and pretty much goes right into it.  To sum it up this is about a man who was abused as a child and kept in a cage and is now a serial killer that has a lot of different interests.  Namely chopping off heads and fucking the chopped off head.  He is also accompanied by a younger version of himself that directs him in his behavior.  What you are in store for is a roller coaster ride of brutality, cannibalism, necrophilia and a lot more.

To be honest with everyone it took me 3 viewings of starting it over and over to get through the whole film.  I had to tell myself to stop being such a cunt and just watch the damn thing.  The end result is that underneath everything I am about to say I really did like this movie and admire the originality of it all.  Headless is very over the top with gore but I kind of like that.  The story is fucking disturbing and demented as anything I have ever watched.  I don't even think Rob Zombie can make something this fucked up.  The main thing that bothered me was the necrophilia.  I am not a big fan of it and while it oddly went with the story of this film I just don't like to watch that.  Getting past that is what I considered to be the hardest but if you can you are in store of one hell of a ride.

I wasn't really overly impressed with the acting in Headless but it wasn't bad.  Ellie Church does a nice job in the lead and I look forward to seeing her in more films down the road.  The other performance I really enjoyed was the part of the masked killer played by Shane Beasley.  I thought he did a standout job acting with the mask on.  Just like Jason Voorhees you have to act and show emotions all without words.  That's really not an easy thing to do.

If you are looking for something different, dark and sinister I highly recommend this one.  Headless is not going to be for everyone but I can see now how it has gotten all the positive reviews.  I would have to give this one 7 out of 10 stars.



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