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ON EVIL GROUNDS
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Peter Koller

Starring:
Aleksandar Petrovic
Birgit Stauber
Kari Rakkola
Faris Rahoma

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What's it about
A couple of kooks named Romeo and Juliet have decided to move into a loft which is located in an old abandoned factory. Only it's not really abandoned- the factory owner and his real estate agent have been running a plan of their own, killing young couples. Unfortunately for them, they didn't count on dealing with people who aren't exactly as innocent as they are!
Is it good movie?

I've got to be on the level with you people here, my loyal readers. Believe it or not, reviewing DVDs is not my only job. I wish it were, but it's not. I'm a university student taking his graduate education degree, so I’m really busy all the time. Unfortunately for On Evil Grounds , it has been pushed aside several times- I just can't process a foreign flick after being pounded by educational theory all day.

Unfortunately for me, the longer I waited, the longer I was missing out on what turned out to be an awesome experience. On Evil Grounds is absolutely nuts, a frenetic fever dream that will make you shake your head in disbelief several times. It's a dark film that is absolutely unrelenting and brutal in its violence, but leans more towards the comedic side of things than the terrifying.

The whole thing is crazy- you've got an insane couple who have murdered someone and decided to bury them on their new land, only to be confronted by an insane factory owner who decides to make life hard for them. Romeo (Aleksandar Petrovic) spends just about the whole film buried up to his neck with Juliet as his only saviour.

The violence is way too over-the-top to be disgusting and the film is not taken realistically at all. The whole thing is best described as watching a cartoon, except a little more adult themed. I mean, it doesn't carry any real 'moral message', and you certainly won't care about the characters much, but the visuals are well done and believe it or not, the acting is good.

I think director Peter Koller accomplished what he set out to do, certainly he had a set style and tone in mind and I think he probably nailed it. With that being said, you’re not exactly going to list this film as your favourite of all time, but as far as low budget films go, I was very pleasantly surprised.
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On Evil Grounds is simply different. It's wacky and zany and pretty nuts, and not another 'girl with long black hair mysteriously appearing' flick which I’m so tired of. I absolutely recommend it, and I believe it's part of the Fantasia Film Fest this year- if you're anywhere near that festival, please go, they produce some awesome, innovative stuff, and this fits right in.
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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