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How did it get through UNCUT?
, 29 July 2010
This review is from: Meat Grinder [DVD] (DVD)
Thai horror has come on in leaps and bounds over the last few years, which probably explains why we seem to be watching so many of them these days. With that in mind, lets see what's on the menu for tonight. Directed by Tiwa Moeithaisong, 2009 Thai horror hit Meat Grinder serves up a sumptuous feast of murder, mayhem, dismemberment and cannibalism, taking the "torture porn" sub-genre to the giddiest of heights. This gory yet beautiful tale stars Mai Charouenpura (Suriyothai) as a deranged woman in 1970s Thailand running a noodle stall and hearing voices in her head - colour her crazy indeed. When she finds a dying man in her stall one night, she comes up with the idea of chopping him up and grinding the body parts for her noodle soup. I know - that's the first thing I thought of as well. It turns out to be one of her most popular dishes, and as the stall generates more business, she realises that she needs more bodies to cater for increased customer demand. A banquet of horror to tantalise your taste buds then, the table is booked and your seat at the table is reserved, Meat Grinder is coming to UK shores uncut and incredibly uncomfortable.
Fans of Dumplings and Sweeney Todd will know what to expect, it seems that food equates to horror more often than not these days, kind of puts you off eating out if you ask me. Bus (Mai Charouenpura) takes to killing people in the most gruesome of fashion, and Tiwa Moeithaisong's camera lingers on every open wound. It's a hard watch at times - legs are torn off, fingernails are hammered hard, bodies are hung out to dry on meat hooks, you know the drill. There isn't a drill from what I remember but you get the point. Despite the regular bouts of violence, Meat Grinder remains captivating throughout courtesy of a compelling performance from Mai. No matter how many times she slices and dices, the nature of the plot ensures that you side with her all the way. There are plenty of twists and turns along the way, not just at the hands of our favourite chef, but the tragic back-story provides plenty of meat to pick at too. There's a love interest as well, adding romance, desire and hidden truths to an enticing recipe that surprises with its effectiveness.
Tiwa Moeithaisong gives his film a vibrant feel, incorporating several filmmaking techniques along the way. Colour filters, scratches and old film stock are incorporated to give the film its unique taste. Edgy is probably a good word to describe it, and that's without taking into account the copious torture and violence. If you have a hard time watching somebody nail a human hand to the floor, this latest assault on the senses isn't for you. Meat Grinder comes on like a horror film when Bus lets loose on the crazy, but there's a lot more to it than that. We're safe in the arms of human drama for the most part, a film in which violence and tragedy breeds yet more violence and tragedy. Performances are solid throughout, the score is striking and Meat Grinder impresses with every mouthful. Gore hounds will adore the lashings of violence, and fans of Asian drama will find plenty of spice to keep them hooked. So if you grew up on a diet of Freezer and Art of the Devil you should all ready be licking your lips at the prospect of yet another mouth-watering delight. 24framespersecond
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