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December 2009

Taste Of Flesh

cast: Nathan Todaro, Mary Avelis, Ashley Brightwell, Cory J. Grace, and Ricky Scott Hall

director: Christopher D. Grace

78 minutes (18) 2008
widescreen ratio 1.85:1
Brain Damage DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 4/10
review by Sandra Scholes

Taste Of Flesh

In Taste Of Flesh, women run around an abandoned warehouse at night half naked and scared out of their wits as someone or something is lurking in the shadows hunting them, but that is only where the movie starts. Four girls have fun at a house for summer vacation but their fun is about to be interrupted.

Two undercover police officers are on a stakeout and mention they are going to find out the goings on at a local warehouse one night, but they are in for a nasty surprise. Then again, so are the four girls on summer vacation who go to the same warehouse for a rave on the same night. The girls think they are going to indulge in some wild, illegal activities, sex drugs and trance music but the rave is just a front for a more illegal and deviant activity.

Taste Of Flesh starts out as it means to go on with tense scenes and dark dramas in it, as is in many horror films, but it makes sure it gets the point across about the level of bloody horror and violence. The four girls at the venue are the main course of a meal prepared by the deranged Chef (Nathan Todaro) who has another guy wandering around to trap the girls and bring them to him ready to make his speciality.

The film will leave the viewer wondering if the girls will all be killed or will some of them be able to escape and flee the scene. One thing is sure though, they won't get out without blood being spilled on their account. The acting is rather good but more noticeable on the Chef who doesn't even blink at the cruelty he has done to his victims and the amount of blood he has spilled. He acts with all the charm and dignity of a connoisseur. It's the psychopathic personality that he puts across really well which fans of this kind of genre film will enjoy.

The film's other good idea is of the girls going to the venue like that as a group and finding out they have been conned into being the only ones there. It is easy to see the fear in their eyes at what will undoubtedly happen to them in the next few hours.



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