Reviewed by: Dave Murray
What's it about
Two tabloid reporters might have stumbled across the story of the century: The Teardrop Killer, who has been carving up people for almost 20 years! As the trail leads the pair to some crazy carnie folk connected to the killer's past, the killings increase. And in this movie, boy do they ever increase! Get ready for blood, guts, and even more blood and guts, and get to know Gurdy the Clown and his huge f**king meat cleaver! As if we didn't need another reason to be terrified of clowns...
Is it good movie?
Hell yes, and for the sheer amount of blood and entrails alone! Not since Braindead have I seen, and thoroughly enjoyed, a movie that was so gleefully gory! I was floored, cut up, and mopped up by this bloody bad boy, and it was all so brutally good that the only thing my poor gorehound brain had to grapple with was who was going to get sliced and chopped up next. I've seen a lot of independent movies that try to bring the goods in terms of creepiness, scares and gore, but where hundreds have failed miserably, 100 Tears rocks with a vicious grindhouse groove that had me nailed, drawn and quartered.
Starting off with a top notch, well written story, with some excellent flashbacks and a twisted family ties take on killing, this movie starts off strong and never lets up. What could have been just another tired "killer clown" flick turned out to be a well thought out and finely executed gorefest. The cast did a fine job, and I loved the performance by co-writer Joe Davison, who struck me as a guy with a Nick Frost level of comic timing in the making. Jack Amos did a fine job as the silent killing machine Gurdy the clown, and the gorgeous duo of Georgia Chris and Raine Brown kick some acting ass as well. I especially loved Brown's turn as a psychotic chickie whose past is connected to Gurdy. This girl knows how to get seriously bloody!
And blood is what it's all about here folks. There are so many severed heads, chopped limbs, ripped open stomachs, tortures, splittings, slicings, gouges, blood sprays and just sheer f**ked up death scenes that it's clear that director and FX guy Marcus Koch brings some serious talent to the extreme horror game. I don't know what they are putting in the water down in Tampa, but now I'm not sure I want to know, but I like what I'm seeing. The kills are numerous, as Gurdy slays an entire halfway house and a whole party full of college kids after they break into his lair. And to top it off, the effects work is all done very nicely, laid out before us with brutal realism and gut-grabbing fun. These guys set out to give us gorehounds what we've been wanting, and what has been sadly lacking from the pathetic "torture-porn" poseurs currently releasing "horror" flicks, and let me tell you, they do not disappoint! My only gripe: the sound on this one was spotty at best, and didn't do the excellent film justice.
So when this badass bastard of a slasher flick gets released, eviscerate yourself and get out to see this one. It's a gore lover's dream come true, with a great story and a wicked ending to boot! Now I need to go shower, cause I've just been pleasantly violated....
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen - 1.78:1.
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1).
With some great actors, quality writing and some absolutely killer effects work, 100 Tears is one gory f**ker of a movie, taking the independent slasher to a new level of brutality that I have yet to see from any of the so called lame ass "Splat Pack". Despite it's small flaws in cinematography, sound and anything else that may have been buried under 100 buckets of blood, this one brings some kickass toys to the horror treehouse, and for a gore fan, it's like being a twelve year old boy and discovering Penthouse! Spooky and bloody, with some talent that rivals any of the piss poor PG13 dreck that studios pass off as horror today, this movie is one to watch, and it will be wicked to see what these folks come up with next. I get all giddy and shit just thinking about it, and I think you will too.