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This review is from: Combat Shock [DVD]  (DVD)
Whats really cool about Arrow's releases of cult titles,goo flicks,cheesy horrors is how by buying one title it can introduce you to another.I first came across director Buddy Giovinazzo in an interview segment on the Street Trash dvd where he was standing by a bin.I had seen Arrows release of Combat Shock whilst i was plunging amazon for more former vhs marvels but kinda overlooked it thinking it was a Rambo knock off.
What it actually is is a gritty,cheap movie concerning an ex vietnamsoldier character based on the band Suicide's terrifying number Frankie Teardrop off their classic debut album.Released in 84 by Troma its a meandering,grubby movie.Put it this way it starts off with flashbacks to Vietnam with half exploded bodies to only get even MORE bleak.
Frankie lives in a filthy apartment with a nagging wife and screaming deformed baby,its all very kitchen sink stuff with a great big nod to Eraserhead,the place literally hums with paranoid claustrophobia.Frankie embarks on a day wondering the streets looking for a job bumping into junkies,pimps with the backdrop of a beautifully dilapidated Staten Island,i mean the screen virtually stinks.No one looks like they have seen the inside of a bathroom for a year or two.I really liked the soundtrack....the clamped out car alarm style synths.
Buddy made this movie whilst still a film student so it is very basic but what redeems the film is the potency of the story,its rather serious subtext of what traumatised soldiers come back to and where they go.Its a film that whilst there are wars can stay relevant.
Some of the narration is hamfisted but i always try to see the ideas rather then the execution.Especially in a movie with budget limitations.I would say the deformed baby may have been a mistake,it would have been infinitely more powerful if the baby wasn't.Arrow have added a few nice extras,i really enjoyed seeing Buddy's early shorts including Mr.Robbie with Maniacs Joe Spinell and Jonathan Of The Night.You got a really good documentary that unfortunately is only half an hour but i love seeing the assorted film fanatics rave and seeing the inimatable Jim Van Bebber chainsmoking.
You will already know if you will like Combat Shock.For me it was a curiosity piece which has its place.I like Buddy Giovinazzo hes a cool bloke,i recently read a novel he wrote called High Times In Crack City which was cool.More please Arrow...
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Initial post: 21 Sep 2012 21:25:16 BDT
Nelson Viper says:
Big fan of this. You get a real sense of New York before it became gentrified. Good review.
Posted on 21 Sep 2012 22:42:13 BDT
I'm another fan of Combat Shock, amazing what they achieved on a budget of $40,000.
Posted on 28 Sep 2012 19:44:52 BDT
mister joe says:
Can someone when negging please explain?I am not saying i write perfect reviews by any means but i would like to know why the mark down?I am re reading the reviews thinking have i been offensive?Factually incorrect?Or is it a spite neg?Like the pathetic bunch i recieved for writing a Peppa Pig review.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2012 10:40:50 BDT
Colonel Decker says:
Wasn't me. But the clue is probably in your user name, perhaps?
Posted on 4 Oct 2012 04:28:58 BDT
mister joe says:
Alright Decker,nah its not the awful,infantile user name i was getting my bottom kicked before when i was using mister joe moniker.The worst thing on here is when people complain about negs,i know it invites a further torrent of negs,but i understood it more when i first started reviewing as i thrived on rubbing people up the wrong way.
More recently i have tried to actually try and write better reviews...but hey ultimately i am just whingeing.The negs i believe 90 percent of the time are used tactically,to possibly annoy or people have taken a dislike to me.Fair enough.I suppose its rather niave of me to even ask for people to "explain".
I took on YourMum a few months ago when i decided to retire from communication on amazon in a fit of petulance,so i thought i would have a crass,puerile name.My breaks never last long anyway.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Oct 2012 08:03:01 BDT
Colonel Decker says:
For what its worth I think you give a fair and balanced review of the film. The fact you give the film 4 stars is good enough for me. Since most people will never hear of this film let alone see it. So you have good taste.
I have 3 people giving me negs on In the Mouth of Madness, because I dared like it.
Now it could be me, but I believe there is also a conspiracy against John Carpenter. First Hollywood turned their back on him and now his fans have. Ah oh well life goes on.
Just one question about this film. Is the baby death scene graphic? Don't worry I'm not crazy, I just need to know. Stuff like that gets me down. Thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2012 12:56:14 BDT
I bought Frankenhooker purely because I loved the Frank Hennenlotter interview on another Arrow disc (The Exterminator, maybe?). It was a good decision.
Also, In The Mouth Of Madness is great!
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