Thursday, 13 March 2014
Coming to the UK and Ireland on May the twelfth is a great little film called Murderdrome, which successfully combines Roller Derby, comedy and horror to great effect, recalling the more quirky horror films of the eighties, bathed in neon light and with strong female characters who are as quirky as they are beautiful.
Roller Derby sensation Cherry Skye loves nothing better than competing in her favourite sport. When Skye catches Brad's eye, sparks fly. Unfortunately, she also catches the attention of Brad's ex, her Roller Derby nemesis Hell Grazer. If that isn't bad enough, the heat generated by this romantic rivalry arouses a malevolent demon-spirit, hungry for human souls. Trapped between the wrath of Hell Grazer and damnation at the Gates of Hell, Skye has no option but to throw down and sort this mess out the only way she knows...on eight small wheels.
Managing to blend the world of Roller Derby with gory horror and a great story, Murderdrome gets so much right, it is impossible not to fall in love with it's 80's sensibilities, splatter and attractive alternative women. Everything in the movie looks incredible, and each character is played with such an over the top passion that again, it is virtually impossible to dislike. The fights, the violence, the characters, everything is filled with such a passion, that it is easy to see everyone had a great time making the film, and it really shines through in everything, from the performances, the special FX right down to the camera work.
The story grabs you right away, making you vouch for Skye from the get-go, whilst also doing a great deal to make you dislike Hell Grazer. The demons look incredibly cool, like members of an all girl black metal band complete with spikes, corpse paint and some very nice weaponry indeed. The way they dispatch their victims will have slasher fans clapping with glee!
All of the women in the film wear Skates for the duration of the film, and this lends it a kinetic energy that propels the movie ever forward. The camera work is breathtaking, framing the action and conversations well, and letting the viewer take in the neon lit surroundings. The dialogue is fantastic, and got many laughs from me, especially for using the term "Duck butter" (You are going to have to watch the film to see what it is).
If you want well done blood and gore, hilarious dialogue, a great story it is easy to get behind and women on skates, then look no further than Murderdrome. It might very well be your new favourite movie. It has certainly managed to find it's place in mine.
You can pre-order Murderdrome from Amazon UK by clicking HERE.