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LITTLE DEATHS
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Andrew Parkinson & Sean Hogan & Simon Rumley

Starring:
Scott Ainslie
Mike Anfield
James Anniballi

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What's it about
Little Deaths is a horror anthology that tells three tales.
Is it good movie?
The first film, House and Home is about some well-intended Christians who are rather friendly are trying to help the homeless. Now, they're not exactly good Christians. Instead, they're rather rotten individuals.

This one is gory, mean and arguably the story that carries the most weight as it peers into the class system we live in. The husband is a particularly nasty fellow and is played well by Luke Delacey. The payoff is pretty good with this one too, as the couple realizes they've invited the wrong homeless gal into their home.

Next up is Mutant Tool, an entry that deals with a woman who's desperately addicted to drugs. She ends up in a weird drug/rehab study as a guinea pig of sorts where she literally deals with a drug made of load. Yeah, cum pills (from a giant zombie penis..I kid you not). It tries to be nothing but disgusting, but it runs too long at almost a half an hour. But hey, if you love shots of a giant mutant wiener dripping into a container, this is for you!

This one is wayyyy off base and seemed to have a lot of potential but ends up going nowhere. It's hard to even really piece together what's going on sometimes. It tries hard, but it isn't enough. Yes, even with a psychic link to an undead Nazi, this sucks.

Bitch is the final entry in the series and it is super weird. It's about a weirdo named Pete who really likes to dress up like a dog. As if that isn't bad enough, he loves relieving himself on his lover Claire's underwear (as a part of their S/M relationship), and to be punished by getting it up the rear. Both people in this relationship are pretty nuts, and this one is all about the power struggle between the sexes. Of course, things start getting turned around when the dog gets tired of being punished.

This one is admittedly fairly well done too. The whole dog phobia thing works and it's a bit of a sick love story until Claire oversteps her bounds. The movie effectively communicates real sorror and heartache, especially with the performance of Tom Sawyer as Pete. This one's twisted.

Ultimately, I feel like this movie was designed to try and push the envelope and impress hardcore horror fans. Instead, I felt like it came off a little pretentious, in a sort of art house style. I mean, I get it. The movie tries to push taboos and saddle right up to the gross side of life. Ultimately, it didn't feel organic to me and came off a bit too "cool" for my liking. It's also a bummer that there was no common thread that weaved these tales together, like stronger horror anthologies.
Video / Audio
Video comes in 2.35:1 and isnt overly good looking. These films are low budgeted and don't get a very good treatment on disc. The result is somewhat blocky and grainy, unfortunately.

Audio is presented in Dolby DTS 5.1 and sounds far better than the video looks.
The Extras
There really isn't much on this disc at all, besides a Behind the Scenes featurette which runs about 25 minutes (featuring a lot of effects stuff and candid interviews) and a trailer.

Last Call
I feel like this could be a somewhat controversial review, because I think this could go either way. You're either going to think this stuff is twisted and cuts to the bone, or you might feel like I did- like it's a little silly, muddled and somewhat ineffective. I wouldn't discourage anyone from watching it, but the audience for this seems like the type of people who like to talk for hours afterwards about symbolism and metaphor so they can tell their friends how cool they are.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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