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A Few Screws Loose

USA 2008
produced by
Craig McIntyre, Damon McCarthy (executive), Brian Petre (executive) for Moss Stomper Productions
directed by Craig McIntyre
starring Randy Tobin, Michael Adrian Palermo, Jack Spralja, Aurelia Scheppers, Jesse Lincoln, Trevi Williams, Stan Yombo, Dan Jablons, Brian Catlin, Dan Fryback, Nuchlynn Bunnag, Ava Rose, Mike Odd, Marna Kay, Evangeline Barron, Holly Demers, Darle Parsen, Chase Monroe, Aimee Macabeo
written by Craig McIntyre, special effects by Craig McIntyre

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Extreme Eric (Michael Adrian Palermo) is a porn director, producer and distributor known for his rather extreme content - but his latest shoot goes a bit too far when the father (Stan Yombo) of his lead actress (Trevi Williams) storms onto the set, kills one of his male actors (Jesse Lincoln), hacks off the hand of Johnny (Jack Spralja), the regular stud in Eric's films, then threatens Eric with a machete - but luckily, Eric is packing heat and shoots the angry dad before he can do him any harm. Then he shoots his actress too, because she could testify against him. When the sirens signal the arrival of the police, he gets Johnny and they make an escape ...

This experience has somehow changed Extreme Eric, because from now on he's no longer content with shooting extreme porn, he now wants to shoot snuff - and really ugly snuff too, films filled with full-on shots of guts and dismemberment. And Johnny, his longtime sidekick through his porn career who now wears a hook for a hand, becomes a willing accomplice.

In a seemingly unrelated story, we meet Stuart (Randy Tobin), a loser if there ever was one. He works in a dead-end job at a hamburger joint and isn't even good at that, is being bullied by pretty much everyone, and the closest thing he comes to having sex is watching porn, including films by Extreme Eric of course. Stuart falls in love with Ember (Aurelia Scheppers), a girl he only knows from Eric's movies, and he is so serious about this that he writes her a love letter. To even his own amazement, she calls him back and wants to meet him. The date ends with the two of them fornicating in Stuart's bed, but the next day she's gone, and is eventually found murdered in some park.

Extreme Eric and Johnny catch up with Stuart and beat him up, basically because Ember was Johnny's ex. Eventually, they stab Stuart and leave him to die ... but Stuart survives, and once his wounds are healed, he takes martial arts lessons to exact his revenge ... and ultimately, he kills Johnny and Extreme Eric in just the same gruesome way they have killed all those girls (and almost him as well).

 

Definitely not a film for the faint hearted, A Few Screws Loose is a gritty tale from the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles and its film industry, where the road to success leads via porn and ends at snuff - and while A Few Screws Loose might in no way be pornographic, it doesn't shy away from extreme violence: In best Herschell Gordon Lewis tradition, we see characters being dismembered, guts pulled out of open corpses, and faces being beaten to a pulp (literally) in every gory detail. And the film's ending isn't carthatic either since it only shows its protagonist having grown just another wheel in a clockwork of violence. So no, the film isn't for the faint-hearted, but if you are into extreme gore and  can take this films rather bleak worldview, this one might be just for you.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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