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URBAN FLESH
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Alexandre Michaud

Starring:
Martin Dubreuil
Mireille Leveque
K.M. Lavigne

Movie:  
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Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
Four friends with a fondness for violent killings and eating the remains are being hunted by a duty bound cop with a mustache almost as cool as mine. As the bloody reign pours entrails, the cop and his chickadee get a bit too close to the action.
Is it good movie?

Alexandre Michaud loves gore, and he proves it with this re-edited version of Urban Flesh. The story about a bunch of cannibals who just love to chow down on human flesh. A more appropriate title could have been “Urban Entrails” because there’s a whole lot of it. It revolves around a group of morally corrupt foursome who find victims and kill them and finally eat them. It is amateurish, it is oftentimes disgusting with a few actors with a little bit of talent and for the first half, it is kind of dull. In the opening scene as a couple get their groove on, the sexy young lady leaves for a moment and bring her friends. They poke of the guys eyes, she bites his dick off and the open him up and pull out the chewy center. There are so many shots of chewing on innards that it seemed a bit tedious, but still at least this guy knows what he is making. This is an exploitation film that revels in gore, yet after that opening sequence of blood and guts, we follow around a few characters that really weren’t all that interesting.

But the last half of the film seemed to suddenly start looking like “exploitation”. When the group descends on the final victims, including a pregnant woman, it begins to feel a bit like Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left. Brutal, repugnant and really the kind of film it was meant to be. The story of brutal criminals and a police officer bent on revenge is told in chapters including “American Nightmare” (ironically, it’s Canadian), but frankly, the build up failed to react much enthusiasm from someone with a love for gore. It wasn’t until those final moments of bloodshed, chewy human parts and a messed up would be victim is where it gets raw and dirty.

I also was surprised by the lack of sex and nudity. I mean total lack of it. There is none. Even when the lead psycho chick takes a bath, she is dressed. COME ON… It’s a bathtub and it’s a chick in a bathtub… A PSYCHO CHICK in a bathtub… Hell, even Sheri Moon Zombie showed a little sump thin’ as “Baby”. When I see an exploitation movie, I want it all, I want gore, nudity and massive violence. But we were left with nothing but taste like chicken, human meat. Although, Mr. Michaud did serve it up with a few tricks up his sleeve directing wise. He used some visual tricks that made me smile and feel like I was watching more than a cheapie, no-budget horror flick about cannibals. He also used a pretty kick ass heavy metal soundtrack. Rock on.
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The Extras
The copy I watched was “Screener Copy” that included a few Goofs, you know, outtakes and a Trailer. But wait, who is that guy interviewing Alexandre? Could it be… the one… the only… the ARROW himself, Mr. John Fallon. Fellow Deaden star Deke Richard also stops by for a brew and an introduction. It’s a very casual yet interesting interview as ARROW IN THE HEAD talks to URBAN FLESH. Fun stuff.
Last Call
Urban Flesh ends it’s bloody rampage on the right note with brutal acts of torture, cannibalism and revenge. It was pretty f*cking insane as the awesome soundtrack pounded the violence in just right. That final half hour or so blew other so-called “torture porn” (including Hostel and SAW) away. But until then, it is fails to generate any interest with it’s amateurish script and okay acting. This was a good try at exploitation with bloody goodness, violence, and tons of nudity… Wait, I’m sorry, I mean absolutely no nudity… AT ALL. It may just be a satisfactory start, but at least Mr. Michaud made almost exactly what he set out to do.
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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