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April 2011

Someone's Knocking At The Door

cast: Noah Segan, Ezra Buzzington, and Elina Madison

director: Chad Ferrin

80 minutes (18) 2009
widescreen ratio 2.35:1
4 Digital Media DVD Region 2

RATING: 8/10
review by Ian Hunter

Someone's Knocking At The Door

'Absolutely deranged' screams the quote on the cover of the DVD and you can't say fairer than that. It is drugs, sex, and shock and roll time. Consider yourself on your first warning, a yellow card, so to speak. Don't worry there's going to be plenty of red to follow.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the Linda Vista Community Hospital, well, it really, really isn't. Not after the antics of serial rapists and murderers, John and Wilma Hopper, back in the day; and certainly not after the death of Ray, played by Jordan Lawson (from anal rape, no less - I'll never look at a clapping teddy bear the same way again). A drug-fuelled session down in the depths of the hospital among the piles of records, reveal the story of the Hoppers' crimes, and lead to an unexpected side-effect of the experimental drug, Tolden. Namely, that it actually brings the gruesome twosome back into the present.

Pretty standard fare you might think, but our murderous duo use sexual organs rather than the usual variety of sharp, pointy things to kill their victims. Add into that already strange mix Chad Ferrin's direction (he previously directed The Ghouls, and something with the delicious title of Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill!), tricky camera work, some disgusting make-up effects and a chilling, jolting score, along with understated performances from a cast that was largely unknown to me, and you have something 'refreshingly' out of the norm. The film is also certainly helped by layers of dream sequences and hallucinations that vary from the bizarre, creepy to the downright odd. Not to forget buckets of blood and outrageous sexual violence as the resurrected Hoppers continue to commit their signature crime of rapes that kill.

I do have a slight problem with the ending - no spoilers here - but suffice to say it will either leave you with a satisfied grin on your face or a dissatisfied grimace, but to reach there you have to endure an assault on the eyes and ears that is worth the journey, I particularly enjoyed the autopsy scene - best use of a paper cup, and the intense graveyard scene which seems straight out of a lesser-known spaghetti western or a really cheap mobster movie, and while the scene in the woods looked a bit like every other running through the woods in the dark scene, it certainly ended like no other. I'll leave it to you to discover the delights of the chase through the hospital corridors, but I suppose having people running around with giant penises, peni, whatever, intent on raping you to death, can be a disturbing and scary thing although the merchandising spin-offs are going to be pretty limited.

Just to put some icing on the cake, or make that bloody-looking ketchup, the extras include a couple of audio commentaries, deleted scenes, a mini behind-the-scenes featurette, trailers and poster galleries and some footage of the drug Taldon being trailed on a test subject. Amongst those you'll learn that Ferrin originally intended to write some standard teen slasher fare (although perhaps keeping the slightly misleading original title) before deciding to give us something completely different, and out there, for which we should be grateful, I think. As far away from 'normal' horror fare as you can get. Heh, heh, heh...



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