Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Blu-ray Review: ATROZ (2015)
Directed by: Lex Ortega
Distributed by Unearthed Films / MVD Entertainment
I have seen some brutal movies in my time, but ATROZ probably stands alone at the top as the most brutal film I have ever seen. Here is the basic plot from the film's imdb.com page:
A woman has been brutally struck down by a car and the two drivers have been obtained by the police. The unorthodox commander-in-chief decides to check out the assailant's car for himself and makes a gruesome discovery on a camcorder. The video recorder features the relentless torture and murder of a prostitute. The police decide to deal out some justice of their own -- justice that would make even the criminals cringe -- by interrogating their perpetrators, they discover more videotapes exposing even more sexually deviant torture and murder.
If I had to compare this film to another, I would say it most reminded me of the AUGUST UNDERGROUND TRILOGY. Those films were basically home videos of a killer torturing his victims. ATROZ is basically the same thing, except much better done with a bigger budget and a better story line.
The acting in this film is pretty remarkable, it was extremely realistic which really added to the unnerving feeling of the film. Also worth noting area the gruesome special effects. ATROZ has some of the most realistic looking blood and gore that I have ever seen put on film. Some of the effects are so real looking that I actually questioned rather some of this was actually real or not. Now I know that is a silly thought, but the effects were that good that I actually had that thought for a split second. That is a huge compliment coming from me, as I have seen tons of gory films in my lifetime!
ATROZ won't be for everyone, but if you are a fan of the "torture porn" movies such as the aforementioned AUGUST UNDERGROUND films, or such films as the GUINEA PIG series, or even the HOSTEL films, you will definitely want to check this one out for sure. It's extremely brutal, vile, and downright disgusting in some parts, so take this as your warning!
ATROZ is available now on an awesome Limited Collector's Edition DVD/BD/CD combo pack, and contains the following special features:
* ATROZ: ORIGINAL SHORT FILM
* CROWDFUNDING VIDEO
* BEHIND THE SCENES: MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN
* BEHIND THE SCENES: PRACTICAL FX
* BEHIND THE SCENES: PRODUCTION
* UNEARTHED TRAILERS
* BTS IMAGE GALLERY
* CD SOUNDTRACK
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the BD/DVD/CD combo pack