Thanatomorphose (2012)

Thanatomorphose

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After seeing a lot of posters and a chilling YouTube preview video this heavily anticipated film took forever to be fully released and then immediately disappeared, but I eventually found a copy and for me this is a masterpiece of dark sexual gore horror.

Initially it starts out as a muted drama, a few friends are over for a few drinks the couple kick them out, get it on and go to sleep, the next day  Laura (Kayden Rose) wakes up with a few bruises but just assumes it’s from the love making the night before but things get worse, much worse, she starts to get more bruising and then her body gives up and she starts rotting. Things don’t end there as she also gets horny as hell during her descent into hell.

Everything about this film is skin crawlingly dark, it doesn’t make any attempt to cushion the blow and explores every detail of the human body and enters into the psyche of someone who is experiencing something new and disturbing about their body.

Despite it not taking off or picking up a lot of fans it has influences a host of movies that have copied many aspects of it but without really travelling as deep into the darkness and  Thanatomorphose has done, which makes the copies a little more “approachable”.

Instead of being approachable this film is stark and brutal, for a debut director it’s astounding that he, Eric Falardeau, has managed to create something so en point.

If you’re into films that really go that extra mile and refuse to pay any attention to the safe word and will carry on to the bitter end then this might be the film for you. It’s also worth checking out Halley (2012), A Spanish film that take a similar stance on this morbid and creepy subject.

10/10

Full film review to come…

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