Last House On Dead End Street [DVD] 
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Notorious cult horror from director Roger Watkins. When drug dealer Terry (Watkins) is released from prison, he decides to take his revenge on society by creating a series of horrifically violent snuff movies. Recruiting a team of psychotics and sadists to help him work on the films, Terry lures his unsuspecting victims to his 'studio', where he films them being subjected to brutal tortures involving branding, amputation and dismemberment.
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Tartan's release is showing its age with its lack of extras and throwaway booklet notes, but under £10 (ideally including p&p), it's worth it. Still, I'd love Arrow Video to release a Blu-Ray of this in the future.
Oh boy I'm glad I did, because this is proof-positive of the failure of modern technology to transfer something this "low quality" to DVD.
If you like your films to appear as if the negative has been used as the lining of a canary's cage, then this one is for you!
The plot is nothing short of non-existent, basically it goes like this....
First time director makes "extra-real" horror movies that turn out to be real,
That'll do me!, what exactly do you expect from a film entitled "The last house on dead-end street"
I loved it!, from begining to end non-stop weirdness, total gore, bad script, face masks for no apparent reason and to top it off!!! I can hardly contain myself,
A woman in black & white minstrel makeup being whipped by a drunk guy in a plaid suite doing a Quasimodo impression!!!!
Does it get any better!!!!!!!
OK CALM NOW!
Anyway and so to the actual DVD...
Barrel Entertainment have done an absolutely exceptional job with this film, given the "laughable quality" of the negative, but if you don't mind that and you consider that apparently the origional ran to about three hours and this is all they could find at the bottom of the canary cage (about one-hour thirty minutes worth)it's OK
What makes it worthwhile and an absolute essential to any slasher-mongers collection are the extras, rare interviews with the deranged director who appparently made the film to fuel his drug habit, TV spots from the 70's(I can't believe they profiled this movie on TV)and even a dodgy music video dedication by some shamefull thrash metal band from the deep south called (sorry I can't be bothered to remember their name!)
See this movie!!!!!!!!!
In the words of Michael Weldon (Psychotronic Encyclopedia)
"Have you ever heard anyone even admit they saw it?"
Terry Hawkins (played by Watkins), is a pornographer, who wants to film something new, something different. He settles on the idea of making a snuff movie. It would be quite an epic, as Hawkins finds a derelict mansion, with many empty rooms, decaying and dank. He invites friends over to 'make a movie' - albeit people who had f****d him off in some way. They are humiliated, abused, and many don't survive. Hawkins is the "snuff" movie director, barking a vicious hate from his very soul (this is quite tense and realistic acting from the actor). You can believe these excruciating scenes seem painfully real, as Watkins/Hawkins genuinely excretes animosity, to the other actors, to the audience. At moments during the filming, another cameraman would move the lens of his 16mm camera towards the screen we see. The audience is almost made implicit to the horrific torture played out on screen, the camera now staring into your eyes, watching you viewing gruesome terror.
The film has many of these harsh and morally contentious moments. You do question yourself whilst watching. It actually does appear to have been made by a psychopath. In one strange sequence, a man is forced to suck on an animals hoof that is protruding from the unzipped trousers of a woman. There is a lot of pseudo-Grecian mythological iconography here. Masks and mild symbolism can be seen in the 'rituals' of the torture/killings.
It is an exercise in sadism, much more gruesome than modern day torture- porn (also known as gorenography) such as Hostel, or the Saw franchise. This is because it gets under our skin with its deep-rooted malevolence, and its ability to almost scrutinise us. The amateurish style of the film really adds to this. The original cut of the film, has been authorised by Watkins, was nearly 3 hours long. Not sure if could handle the 'directors cut' for this one. Filmed in New York, it could almost have been an Andy Warhol film, before Paul Morrissey started directing movies for Andy Warhol Productions. I'm doubtful that I will ever watch this film again.
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