Directed by: Arthur Cullipher
Written by : Nathan Erdel
Starring : Shane Beasley, Kelsey Carlisle, Ellie Church, Dave Parker, Kaden Miller, Brian K. Williams
Synopsis: In this "lost slasher film from 1978," a masked killer wages an unrelenting spree of murder, cannibalism, and necrophilia. But when his tortured past comes back to haunt him, he plunges to even greater depths of madness and depravity, consuming the lives of a young woman and those she holds dear.
Review: I have recently became a huge fan of Brian K. Williams, Scott Schirmer and Ellie Church so it was a no brainer that I would check out this film.
Headless started out as the movie within a movie segment of Scott Schirmer’s Found. Later on, after much begging from fans, Headless was expanded into a full length movie with special effects master Arthur Cullipher at the helm.
This movie is horribly brutal. Just some of the things you will see are: severed heads(human and animal), legs, penises and breasts, penetration via machete, eyeballs torn from their sockets and eaten, graphic child abuse and necrophilia.
I’m a pretty seasoned gore hound and honestly this film was a really hard watch for me. I don’t handle sexualized violence well and this definitely has some of that. That being said, this movie is far from just a brainless gorefest. The killer in this movie is a victim of extreme child abuse. He is forced to spend all his time as a child in a cage. He is fed severed rabbit heads and urinated on by his sister. He is treated as less than human and your really hope to see him get his revenge, which he does, but it just sets him on a path to an endless cycle of violence and skullfuckery.
I actually like alot of the characters in this movie, which is rare for me when it comes to a slasher film. None of the victims in this movie, besides the killer’s mother and sister, we’re unlikable. Even the douchebag boyfriend and asshole skating rink owner were amusing. This leads me to a major issue I have with the movie. I can deal with this level of sadistic brutality as long as I see the killer get theirs. I want to see a hero emerge and survive or at least die taking out the killer.
Jess, our final girl, is a character that felt like a real person. She’s dating an asshole. She works a shitty dead end job. Her boss sexual harasses her on a regular basis. I honestly felt bad for her. Then she gets kidnapped by the killer along with her boyfriend. She is forced to kill her boyfriend and you are lead to believe that the killer is going to let her go. She’s goes to walk out and she’s almost there and nope, our killer grabs her, pulls her back in, and severs her head. I yelled “are you fucking kidding me?” at my tv screen. I was so angry.
Honestly I still don’t know what to make of this film. It’s been 2 days since I watched it and it’s still on my mind.
Most films you watch and they become favorites or you forget about them. Good luck forgetting the imagery on display here.
Now comes the point where I would usually give a score. I’m not going to do that here. I honestly can’t say it was an enjoyable experience watching Headless but it definetly left an impression and I am glad I watched it. How often does a horror flick get you thinking about the victims of child abuse and the impact it has on their life. Some people are able to move on with there lives while still bearing scars from the experience. Some people snap and become monsters.
So I will say this: if this sounds like something you can handle, give it a watch. If you want a movie that’s going to stick with you afterward, for better or worse, then check it out. If you have a low tolerance for sexualized and graphic violence and disturbing imagery, proceed with caution.
Headless is a graphic, disturbing trip to hell that will leave it’s mark on you. You have been warned.
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