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August Underground's Mordum (2003)

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> August Underground (2001)
> August Underground's Mordum (2003)
> August Underground's Penance (2007)
Genres / Traits:
Horror, Sadistic Horror, Slasher Film, Cinéma Vérité
Directors:
Jerami Cruise Jerami Cruise
Killjoy Killjoy
Michael Todd Schneider Michael Todd Schneider
Fred Vogel Fred Vogel
Cristie Whiles Cristie Whiles
Starring:
Cristie Whiles Cristie Whiles
Fred Vogel Fred Vogel
Michael Todd Schneider Michael Todd Schneider
Jerami Cruise Jerami Cruise
Killjoy Killjoy

4.3 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Christopher
Added: February 05, 2005
Three persons in their mid twenties take it upon themselves to kidnap and break into others houses to brutally beat, molest, rape and kill random people. The three killers are Fred Vogel, Cristie Whiles (which are a couple), and Cristie's brother Michael Schneider. The film starts off with Fred catching Cristie and her brother having sex. When the couple starts to fight, they resolve the problem by going to a junkie's home and beating his head in with a hammer. While Fred continues on that guy, Cristie walks around the house to find another junkie laying underneath a stairwell. His arm is completely trashed from shooting up so much and his mouth is foaming from an overdose. He's dead. They go back downstairs to finish the job with the first junkie.

Back at their home, they have a guy and a girl tied up and locked in homemade caskets in their basement. With all three of the killers in attendance, they start to torture the girl by cutting her and eventually raping her. They open the guy's casket to hand him a pair of scissors. They tell him if he doesn't cut off his penis, they are going to kill the girl. As the girl begins to scream louder and louder, the guy has but no choice to do so. After slowly cutting it off, his casket closes and the scene cuts to the three of them terrorizing a local video store. With no customers and only one store clerk, they don't say long.

Returning to their basement with two new females, Cristie is the one in charge of them as Fred stands in the background masturbating and Michael operates the camera. This scene takes up most of the film and mainly revolves around Cristie fondling the two girls, then throwing up on them. Afterwards, the girls meet their doom. One has her stomach cut open and her guts ripped out. Michael then proceeds to have sex with the guts hanging out of the newly cut wound. The second female is slowly suffocated with a plastic grocery bag. After some short scene killings and arguing, they meet a man that has an even sicker mind than them.

Killjoy, a man who keeps a large amount of corpses in his garage, along with a few people that remain alive that he tortures. As the younger three walk around his garage, Cristie and Fred start to puke. Michael ends up being totally in to it as he finds a fetus with its head chopped off in a garbage can and starts to eat the worms that are crawling in its neck. After leaving Killjoy's house, they find themselves breaking into a family's home. Fred has a woman tied upside down with a sheet over her head, screaming at her while he hits her in the head with a hammer. Cristie has a man tied to a door that seems to already be dead. Michael has a little girl in the bathtub he's raping. She also seems to be dead. After Cristie checks on Michael, Fred starts to lose his temper which leads up to an unexpected death.

Not one thing in this entire film looked fake. All the slaps, puke, rape, cuts, murders, and everything else was created to perfection. The acting was dead on as well. All they had to do was be complete lunatics. I can't imagine there being much of a script. The dialogue that takes place is usually just the killers yelling at the victims, then the victims moaning. Not much of a story either. It's mainly these three people torturing others to get themselves off. Which works with a film like this because you don't really want to try and follow a story line while someone is having sex with anothers guts.

This is a more modern attempt at the style the first Guinea Pig film was shooting for. But this went a little deeper in every place. Its video quality is so terrible that it gives the film an even more realistic effect. The picture looks like is was shot on a handycam. The video is always being held by one of the killers and is shaky. No double angles are used or anything like that. More only grief with the film is the scene where they were torturing the two females after the video store attack. It was just an on going mess of Cristie saying nasty things to them, throwing up on them every other second, sitting on top of each of them and fondling their breasts. Had that been cut to less than five minutes, then skipped to the killing scene, that part would have been fine.

Lastly, there was a random scenes that had no purpose of being in the film. One would be when they are walking around the neighborhood and they see "Boobies! Yay!" written on a wall. Cristie goes over to it, lifts up her shirt, and says what's written on the wall. Very pointless. They also attend a concert. The band is shown, the kids jump around a bit, then they're at Killjoy's home. It would only make sense that they met him there, but that was to be figured out on your own. The video store attack was about as lame as the scene after it. They run the store in masks, don't ruin anything, the clerk yells at them, then they leave to a restaurant. At the restaurant they each zoom in on one anothers mouths while they are eating. Had the film stuck with only the killing and the occasional arguing, it would have been perfect.

Final Conclusion: 8/10
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Kari Byron's Sex Cyborg #1: Kari Byron's Sex Cyborg - added 01/27/2007, 04:11 AM
Man, this movie was vile. I cringed, I became nauseous, I was repulsed...
and for that, I generously commend the makers.
7.2/10
Ginose #2: Ginose - added 07/25/2007, 07:53 PM
Not a movie I found disturbing or even necisarilly disgusting, but, is is nasty, for certain. There is not a redeeming quality about the three we follow throughout this movie, and yet we are driven to watch them continue on and on with what they do... why? Who knows. Maybe because you don't want to feel like you wasted your time/money, maybe your a cik bastard, or maybe (like myself) you just found it genuinely interesting.
I have a great respect for the cast and crew of all three of these movies, they're certainly having fun with their projects and are still making some of the most... eh... memorable movies you'll ever see. Really liked the garbage-can scene... I really didn't see that one coming. 7.7/10
billie #3: billie - added 04/17/2008, 11:04 PM
i just watched this. it was all sexually gory and absolutely beautiful
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