To promote the crowd funding campaign of my feature film IMPOSSIBLE HORROR (www.impossiblehorror.com) I will be madly reviewing horror films till the campaign ends and everything culminates with a 24 hour ALL HORROR telethon that will probably kill me. Until then, eat up!
ERASERHEAD is a fever dream filled with disturbing images. COMBAT SHOCK is a nightmare that you can’t wake up from. Both of them are slowly paced, have lost male protagonists, and feature creepy mewling babies, but ERASERHEAD formed a midnight movie cult while COMBAT SHOCK made people want to take a long cold shower. ERASERHEAD takes place in the nowhere. COMBAT SHOCK is neck deep in the filth of New York in the early 80’s. Neither of them have a plot nor a fast pace. They hypnotize their audience through sheer visual and aural grinding. Both of them are genius, but for absolutely different reasons. COMBAT SHOCK is TAXI DRIVER with all the cinematic flair chopped out. All that’s left is bleeding desperate heart with nowhere left to go. It’s sour milk. ERASERHEAD is composed, it's imaginative, it's disturbing. COMBAT SHOCK is cheap, it's dirty, it's horrifying. ERASERHEAD is the film you show your friends to open a weirdo cinematic door. COMBAT SHOCK is the film you show your friends if you don’t want to come around anymore. Both of them are horror films that can't be missed.
BONUS ROUND: Jim Van Beeber's DEADBEAT AT DAWN looks a little like COMBAT SHOCK, but it's actually a great low budget action film. Instead of a lone vietnam vet at the end of his rope, it's about a bad-ass anti-hero taking taking nunchuck filled revenge on the punks that killed his girlfriend. Shot on 16mm by a lone star/writer/director/stun performer/editor - It's trashy, it's fun, and it's a perfect grimy picture to double up with COMBAT SHOCK.