CHAOS - ReReviewed

CHAOS - ReReviewed

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CHAOS - ReReviewed

"Angelica has died a very unnatural death...and the worst hasn't happened to her yet."

I've been writing movie reviews for almost a year now in various places. I wrote for another horror site (Horrorwatch.com), MySpace, and now, ultimately, here at Cinema Eulogies, my final resting place. Of all the reviews I've written, this is the first time I have ever gone back and re-reviewed a film. I stand by all of my reviews, and this review for CHAOS is no different. I stand by my original review, but after viewing again and watching the special features of the official release, I want to go back and add to my original review. This is definitely a film that has had many, many mixed reviews; I want to give director David DeFalco the credit he deserves for such a powerful and moving film. The following is the original review along with my original rating. I will add my additions after that. Without further ado, I give you my review and my thoughts on CHAOS:

"Angelica has died a very unnatural death...and the worst hasn't happened to her yet."

Angelica comes in from LA to visit long time friend Emily. Looking for a night of fun, they travel deep into the woods to attend a Rave. Being earlier, they ask around, looking for some ecstasy. They run into Swan, who says he has some killer ecstasy, and they should follow him to his house where his friends are. Reluctantly, they follow Swan. Once they get inside the house, Angelica and Emily are jumped by Chaos, Frankie, and Daisy, who are a trio of criminal degenerates. Tied up and taken deeper into the woods, Angelica and Emily are unaware that they aren't even close to the worst that can happen. Finally, Angelica sees the opportunity to escape, and she and Emily take that chance. Thinking they have a better chance of escape going separate ways, they decide to split up. Eventually, both are caught, unaware of what happened to the other. Chaos shows them both the meaning of sadistic fear. Our sadistic criminals then decide it is time to hit the road. Their van doesn't start, so they head out on foot. They soon stumble onto a home. Little do they know this is the home of Emily, where her parents sit in fear, wondering what happened to her. This is where the last stand takes place, but who will come out as the victor?

"An average of 100 young adults are abducted and murdered each year by strangers. Most of these victims are women. The primary motivation for these killers is sexual assault. Most of these criminals have had prior arrests for serious, violent crimes."

Said to be an extreme graphic depiction, based on true events, this is loosely based on Wes Craven's "Last House on the Left." This film is said to be made to serve as a warning to parents and potential victims, and is intended to be as disturbing as the subject matter it depicts in order to educate and perhaps, save lives.

After viewing this, I was left in a sort of awe. I wasn't sure what to think. If you have seen "Last House on the Left", as I have, you will have an idea of how the movie progresses. If you have not seen that film, then "CHAOS" will shock and disturb you. Some of the scenes are very hard to watch. To me, the film was extremely scary and disturbing in the fact that things like this happen everyday. It can happen to anyone at anytime. Its movies like these that are real eye openers. This is the type of film that shows the sadistic side of human nature. Although not as brutal as I thought it would be, it is still brutal in its own way.

The acting was above par for an independent film. Especially the character of Chaos, played by Kevin Gage, who is the sadistic leader of these degenerates. He brings a certain evil and uncaring brutality to the character. He looks like a slightly smaller version of Goldberg, only ten times more demented and evil. Also, the characters of Angelica and Emily, played by Maya Barovich and Chantal Degroat, and very believable as the helpless victims. You have to keep telling yourself that this is a movie. Their cries, screams, and general attitude are so believable, that you almost think this is actually happening to them.

The camera work is also done very well. Especially in some of the scenes when Emily is running through the woods, you get some nice use of a first person point of view. Also the shots of each of the girls, after they are recaptured, being tortured, bring out a truly scary and eerie feeling. These scenes are very hard to sit through, given the realism of them.

Although there is not a lot of blood at all, that still doesn't make the brutality any less. There is really only one bloody scene, but this film still slaps you in the face. This is the type of film that doesn't have to be bloody to be brutal. It still scares the hell out of you.

Again, this is loosely based on Wes Craven's "Last House on the Left" but still has it's own feeling to it. Especially the end. This has one of the biggest twist endings since "Haute Tension (High Tension)." This does not end as Wes Craven's film. It is something you would not expect. That's all I can say without giving it away.

All and all I liked the film. Given the nature of the film, I cannot say I enjoyed it, but it is still a good film. I would rate this a 7 out of 10 nipple slicing, sadistic degenerates.

Now my re-review:

I pretty much stated my thoughts above, but would also like to add a little more. The first thing I want to add is that, yes, this may loosely be based on Last House on the Left. The similarities are undeniable. BUT, it was also based on a true account. Of course, if two films are based on the same true event, would they not have the same content? Would they not have the same similarities? Yes, yes they would, but I still say CHAOS is it's own stand alone film. CHAOS and Last House on the Left may still have the same storyline, but CHAOS still has its own feel to it.

Based on two of the most brutal murders of all time, CHAOS brings you the doings of the 70's serial killer, Donald "Pee Wee" Gaskins. The special features contain a tour, for the first time ever, with film director David DeFalco, through L.A. County's Coroner Crypt, where the bodies of the two young ladies passed through at the time the actual crimes happened.

Again, I stand behind David DeFalco and this film. It really opens your eyes to the things that go on around you, that can't be denied. There is no avoiding this film when viewing. It smacks the reality of evil right in your face. I applaud David Defalco and the entire cast and crew for such a realistic glimpse of reality.

This is one director that is going to hit the horror scene like Hellfire. I will definitely be watching his progression in filmmaking. I am now awaiting and anticipating his next installment of evil.

The official release also contains a commentary track along with the whole Roger Ebert Controversy. Just a little comment on the controversy, Roger Ebert makes no sense at all. With both reviews he did, he totally contradicts himself throughout his entire second essay.

I HIGHLY recommend seeing this film. I liked it so much more after watching again, and watching the special features. I liked it so much more that, in fact, I have actually been going around the web defending the film. Again, I stand by my review and my opinion of the film. I liked it so much better the second time around that I change my official rating to a 9 out of 10 nipple slicing, sadistic degenerates.

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Blood Dragoness's picture

Wow!! Thanks again! Another one I've not heard of,but want to see,these kinds of movies really intrest me.

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This is one of those love/hate films. Ya either love it or hated it. I first reviewed it when I got the screener. Then Stephen Wozniak (plays Frankie in the film) saw my review, and loved it. He sent me the official release with the extras, so I reviewed the extras for them. He has now since, become a good friend of mine.

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This is one of those love/hate films. Ya either love it or hated it. I first reviewed it when I got the screener. Then Stephen Wozniak (plays Frankie in the film) saw my review, and loved it. He sent me the official release with the extras, so I reviewed the extras for them. He has now since, become a good friend of mine.

This is coming to me hopefully tomorrow from my Netflix list,I've also just purchased Murder Set Pieces,August Underground one and Mordum.Until I read your reviews I hadn't heard of these films.I like your taste in horror! Do you have any other reccommendations??

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"DO NOT MEDDLE IN THE AFFAIRS OF DRAGONS FOR YOU ARE CRUNCHY AND GOOD WITH KETCHUP"

Dinger's picture

Thanks

You can check some of my reviews on the Cinema Eulogies site for more reviews. Others I recommend are:

Shallow Ground

Evil Aliens

2001 Maniacs

Boy Eats Girl

The Descent (Euopean Version)

Real Killers (Killers)

Venom (2005)

Dead Meat

Haute Tension (High Tension)

BrainDead (Dead Alive)

Mark of the Devil

Severed: Forest of the Dead

Forest of the Damned

Just off the top of my head

Blood Dragoness's picture

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Thanks

You can check some of my reviews on the Cinema Eulogies site for more reviews. Others I recommend are:

Shallow Ground

Evil Aliens

2001 Maniacs

Boy Eats Girl

The Descent (Euopean Version)

Real Killers (Killers)

Venom (2005)

Dead Meat

Haute Tension (High Tension)

BrainDead (Dead Alive)

Mark of the Devil

Severed: Forest of the Dead

Forest of the Damned

Just off the top of my head

MANY THANKS!! Going to check out your Cinema Eulogies Site tonight.

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"DO NOT MEDDLE IN THE AFFAIRS OF DRAGONS FOR YOU ARE CRUNCHY AND GOOD WITH KETCHUP"

Blood Dragoness's picture

Holy Shit! I just watched this last night,it WAS BRUTAL!! And the ending was a complete surprise,so it worked.

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"DO NOT MEDDLE IN THE AFFAIRS OF DRAGONS FOR YOU ARE CRUNCHY AND GOOD WITH KETCHUP"

Dinger's picture

Glad ya liked it I can't wait to see what comes next. David DeFalco has alot of promise as a director.

Blood Dragoness's picture

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Glad ya liked it I can't wait to see what comes next. David DeFalco has alot of promise as a director.

LOVED IT BABY!!! KEVIN GAGE WAS ONE BMF!!

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"DO NOT MEDDLE IN THE AFFAIRS OF DRAGONS FOR YOU ARE CRUNCHY AND GOOD WITH KETCHUP"

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