August Underground (2001) – Review, Rating and Synopsis
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August Underground (2001)Rating:
- Dylan = 4 / 10;
- Ronan = 4 / 10;
- IMDB = 3.2/10;
- Rotten Tomatoes = 4.4/10.
August Underground (2001) Synopsis:
Two serial killers go on a spree of terror and murder while one of the films the outcome of it all through a video camera.
August Underground (2001) Review:
August Underground is the second film that has the idea of combining serial killer and found footage type theme (“Man Bites Dog”, 1992, being the first). Either way, what makes it so special is not the theme, but its truly shocking and offensive content. It begins with two unknown characters that, after a minute of the film, are shown torturing and tormenting a woman, degrading her in the cruelest ways, covering her in excrement for example. The rest of the film is filled with similar grotesque and sadistic scenes, with occasional insights into the lives of these sickos. The camera is in awful quality and the rest of the movie shaky, with poor quality of both visuals and sounds. Given the fact that it was made with little to no budget, this however understandable.
The most interesting part of the film is brilliant special effects. Very realistic scenes of gore and blood will surely please horror/gore fans! The poor editing and home video style footage makes it appear very realistic, much like an actual snuff film. Other than that, you won’t be finding much more. Thereee is no real story or plot. I couldn’t see much character development either. It gets quickly annoying because of all the screaming and shouting, and the shaky camera.
Fred Vogel set out to make a movie that shows serial killers in a ‘negative light’ rather than showing them as idealistic killers like in ‘Natural Born Killers’. He portrayed them to be monsters, doing what they love doing. I recommend this movie if you are interested in the found footage genre and disturbing films. Other than that, I do not recommend this at all.