Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
and Daniel V. Klien
What's it about
A pair of lesbian filmmakers cast people in their fetish films only to brutally kill them later in a snuff film starring supercreep Maskhead.
Is it good movie?
Hereís a claim I can go ahead and make. Iím not into snuff films. Thatís right. I said it. Go ahead and sue. Now as shocking as a claim as that is, Iím not going to change my mind. I donít find them intriguing. They donít peak my interest. As much as I love horror, the thought of taking it to the next level to watch real people suffer and die is crossing a line. Yep. Iím a guy who can a strong stance.
However, you knew thereíd be a however, I think it can be a subject worthy of film. I thought Nic Cageís 8mm did a good job in diving into a world that no one wants to consider. Itís not the best flick, but the topic kept me interesting. Itís about as dark and as taboo as plot devise as someone could create.
So hereís another entry into the fictional snuff movie genre: Maskhead by Toetag Pictures. It takes us into that world and shows us snuff films in great detail, showing the behind-the-scenes (so to speak) and the motivations of this type of filmmaker. But this is where the movie makes what in my mind is a fatal flaw. It takes us into the perceptive of killers, into their world without a view from the so-called normal world to balance the perspective. See, Maskhead is told from the very cute two lesbiansí point of view. Theyíre heartless bitches who live to entice both men and women into their fetish movies, only to kill them later by having their big buddy Maskhead come in and do some killing. He absolutely reminds of baddy from 8mm, but maybe all guys in snuff movies dress like the Gimp. I donít know. Regardless, the film just becomes an exercise in gore and chaos. Maybe thatís good enough for some, but not for me.
Now let me stop there. Iím not saying a movie has to be told from the good guys point of view. No, no. One of the most effective serial killer movies ever made, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, stays in his world. But with Maskhead, every character is utterly unsavory. The women, beyond the fact theyíre attractive, offer no real reason to watch them. Theyíre not scary. Theyíre just bad girls doing very, very bad things. But itís just not enough to make a complete movie of. And speaking of bad, Iím not sure how folks get into fetish films either. One of the fake movies the lesbians create is of a girl dressed as a clown popping balloons. Really? If thatís what gets people off, well, itís wrong. Itís like having an ear wax fetish. Doesnít really make sense. But don't let me spoil the fun.
Video / Audio
Video: A grainy Widescreen presentation. (It helps to feed into the docu feel the movie has.
Audio: Presented with the power of Digital Surround (Iím assuming. It wasnít listed.)
I had a screener, but it appears it has behind-the-scenes and a blooper reel.
So as this review winds up, remember a few things. For one, if strictly into the gore, youíll dig this. If there's a love of soft core fetish, youíll dig this. If you really love snuff movies, you need rehab. However, if you require a story and character development to go along with the usual horror elements, allow me to suggest looking in other places to get your horror fix.