Thursday, January 8, 2009

100 Tears

For those who love creepy clown flicks...
Genre - Horror
Year Released - 2007
Running Time - 92 minutes
Directed by Marcus Koch (who also directed the extremely low-budget 1999 flick Rot)
Written by Joe Davison
Cast includes: Joe Davison, Georgia Chris, Jack Amos, Raine Brown, and Norberto Santiago

Rating: 4 Skulls

Plot Summary:
When ambitious investigating reporters Mark Webb and Jennifer Stevenson get a hot tip about the identity of a serial killer, they see it as their big break and set their sights on infiltrating a community of carnival performers to get the scoop. Unfortunately for them, their search lands them in the hands of the bloodthirsty psychopath, and soon they find themselves at the center of their own horrifying story.

Review:
When I attended Florida's ScreamFest Horror Convention, in 2007 - director Marcus Koch [and crew] were there, premiering this film. However, as is such the case at many a convention, I had to pick & choose against conflicting schedules. This film premiered against David Arquette's The Tripper, and David Arquette just happened to be on hand, introducing his film, with a Q & A afterwards - so, I chose to see The Tripper [another 4 Skulls movie, by the way] instead, and so I had to wait for this one to arrive on DVD - and finally it did, just last month, I believe. . .

Marcus Koch has certainly come a long way since his debut film Rot [not to be confused with ROT: Reunion of Terror] Honestly, all I remember about Rot was when a punk, with a mohawk, was decapitated and his friends duct-taped his head back onto his neck - HA! :-)
Growing up in Florida, I had the pleasure of being very good friends with William Cassinelli, who worked in the independent horror film industry. Being friends with Bill, I was introduced to others in the business, such as veteran B-movie actor Joel D. Wynkoop and directors Mike Hoffman and Tim Ritter, as well as others. . . [I mention this only to give an understanding as to why I did not see this film at ScreamFest]

I have a picture of me & Gurdy, somewhere, but I can't find it - so here's a picture of Gurdy killing B-movie-actor Joel D. Wynkoop instead :-)

This film is rated NC-17 [for extreme horror violence] and for good reason! Marcus [who also did the f/x work in the film] didn't hold back on the blood & gore in this film, that's for sure!

This film tells the story of Luther Edward Baxter [aka Gurdy the Clown - aka The Tear Drop Killer] Gurdy has been slicing & dicing people [with the biggest meat cleaver that you have ever seen!] for nearly 20 years, when tabloid newspaper reporters Mark & Jen [who just so happen to be writing an expose on serial killers] stumble across the case. . .

This film definitely has enough killings & gore to appease any gore-hound out there! When the kills happen, they happen fast & furiously! In the beginning of the film, Gurdy goes on a killing spree, wiping out an entire half-way house [at least 10 people] in mere minutes! [this scene probably has my favorite kill in the film, one where a girl, in her pajamas, is running from Gurdy. Gurdy catches her in mid turn/stride, slicing her [with his HUGE meat cleaver] across her abdomen - blood splatters the wall, and the girl's intestines just spill out of her vicious wound] This is definitely a sick & brutal film! [not for the squeamish!]

I was going to post the "gore" trailer for the film - but it showed too many of the killings - so here's the original trailer:



With all of the re-makes, etc out there right now, this one is definitely an original and refreshing flick! [In my opinion, Gurdy is right up their with our other iconic slasher figures!]

Also, if you watch through the credits, [did I mention Voltaire's "When You're Evil" plays during the credits?] at the very end of the credits, the title 100 Tears turns into 200 Tears! Definitely a sequel that I will be looking forward to!

Jason

9 comments:

cirquemacabre said...

Alright you sold me, it's getting added to the NetFlix Queue once I finish writing this sentence...

thebonebreaker said...

Cool :-)

Stop back by and let me know what you thought, after you have seen it!

J

Lisa Bee said...

Who doesn't love creepy clown flicks? No one, that's who. And very nice review I might add.

Te* said...

When you described the disembowelment scene I knew it was for me, Ha. So totally plan on seeing this, thanks for the info.

thebonebreaker said...

Thanks Lisa! :-)


Te, definitely a gory little flick!! Be sure to let me know what you thought, after you've checked it out!

J

jenn said...

That clown is enough to make me run in the other direction:)

thebonebreaker said...

Yes, especially with his Gigantic meat cleaver!!! ;-)

J

fxguy said...

Jason,

Thanks for the shout out! Marcus is also a bud of mine (I got to sit in on the DVD commentary for ROT, with Joel).

100 Tears was a great movie, and hopefully others will take note of it, too.

Bill

thebonebreaker said...

Cool Bill :-)

As much as I enjoyed The Tripper, I would not have been disappointed, either way, had I chose to see this one instead. . .

Later!

J