Sunday, June 13, 2010

Manhater (2005)

Vonda has suffered through her last abusive relationship when she receives an elixir from a New Age holistic medicine woman, an elixir that summons all of her rage and anguish into the demon Enyo. Enyo goes on to seduce and eliminate each of the men that caused Vonda harm, but once they have each been killed, what will it take to stop Enyo's murderous rampage? While its tiny budget is clearly evidenced in much of the film's acting and production, MANHATER makes an honest effort at masking its limitations with ambitious effects and a strong social conscious. Few Horror entries have attempted to tackle the issue of domestic abuse head on, let alone in such a violent manner. MANHATER includes a great deal of bloodshed, nudity, and savagery that is contextualized into the plot rather than becoming gratuitous, which is refreshing in a genre built on sensationalism. One can't help but notice a hint of irony in the fact that the film condemns domestic violence yet depicts numerous scenes of graphic gore, but those who are willing to suspend disbelief will revel in the carnage on screen. As a unique revenge film that crosses the Southern Gothic classic PUMPKINHEAD with Eastern influences like JU-ON, MANHATER is able to mold its heavy theme into a workable Horror movie.

Rating: 5/10.
Gore: 5/10.
Number of views: 1.

If you liked MANHATER, check out:
TAMARA, PUMPKINHEAD, JU-ON.

MANHATER is currently available for direct purchase at the film's homepage:
http://www.manhatermarket.com/

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2 comments:

  1. A violent, anti-violence movie? Quick- call Wes Craven!

    As a side-note, if you want to see a very different take on this tale, check out 'Dangerous Seductress.' It's an Indonesian fantasy-horror film released by Mondo Macabro. It tackles the same themes...but with magic.

    It's really not a terrible movie, despite what you might think. It's just ridiculous- that's all.

    It is good to see people supporting low-budget films like this, especially if they actually turn out to be good.

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  2. I will be sure to check it out, Im all for anything thats magically delicious!

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