|MORITURIS (director: Raffaele Picchio; screenwriters: Gianluigi Perrone/story by Raffaele Picchio &Tiziano Martella; cinematographer: Daniele Poli; editor: Daniele Martinis; music: Riccardo Fassone; cast: Valentina D'Andrea, Andrea De Bruyn, Désirée Giorgetti; Runtime: 83; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Vincenzo Manzo/ Raffaele Picchio; Synapse Films; 2011-Italy-in Italian with English subtitles)|
|"The pic prides itself in being
by Dennis Schwartz
horror film, filled with rape and gore, was banned
in Italy. Italian filmmaker Raffaele Picchio directs
from a story he wrote with Tiziano Martella.
The screenplay is by
opens with found footage from the early '80s. A young
girl and her family flee to the hills. Her uncle is
about to rape the girl when alone with her, but is
then observe three Italian guys in the countryside
pickup two Romanian girls. After befriending
the girls, the guys invite them to a rave, located in
a forest in the nearby hills. It turns out that
there's no rave. It was just an excuse for the guys to
get them in an isolated area so they can rape them
that wasn't enough to consider, some zombie gladiators
appear at the site and start killing everybody and
then leave. There's no explanation of why the zombies
are there and why they are so interested in killing,
and no back story to the current situation.
atmosphere is menacing, the fright scenes are indeed
frightening and the pic prides itself in being so
tasteless. It serves as a model for aficionados of
trashy sex/gore pics. The best thing I can say
about the hardcore exploitation film
is that it at least is well-crafted .
It's inspired by a true incident that took place in Italy about forty years ago.
REVIEWED ON 9/15/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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