Freakshow Apocalypse: The Unholy Sideshow
Matthew Broomfield (executive) for West Philth Productions
directed by Matthew Broomfield
starring The Enigma, Frank Walsh, Barry Silver, Eric Broomfield, Jon Cobb, Roger Hammer III, Carrie Brown, Elisha Caplan, Jay Mozzilla, Han Salzman, Nicole Alexander, Rob Newman, Nick Lerman, Ju-Yeon Ryu, Joe Tiberino, Mike Dombrowski, John 'Red' Stuart
music by F!, A Philth Deth Collective, Ghengis Tron, Total Fucking Destruction, War Turtle, Mayhem, special effects by Chris Carlucci, Ed Stites, Justin Berger, Naomi Littell
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The Order of Mystery is a secret society of freaks dating back
to ancient Sumeria, and as savage and barbarian they seem on the outside,
they serve a higher purpose: They have to sacrifice a carefully chosen
bunch of victims every 200 years to keep the dead from rising. And guess
what, 200 years are just about up, and this time around, Lazari (Frank
Walsh), the Order's de facto leader, has chosen to sacrifice Malerkus
(Eric Broomfield) and his Unholy Sideshow, pretty much a circus of
freaks putting on a gory yet harmless show on the outside, but actually a
gang of ruthless serialkillers - well, at least they won't be missed much
once they are gone, right?
But what looks like good an idea on the
outside is not so good an idea on closer inspection, because Malerkus has
long grown wise to the Order's mischievous plans and mobilizes his gang of
killers against the Order's gang of killers and starts an all-out war.
Rebecca (Han Salzman), a rather ordinary young girl who has developed an
unhealthy fascination for the Unholy Sideshow, somehow gets caught in the
middle of the freakwar - and then there are those on both sides who are
more than willing to betray their masters, who are of course utterly
insane. Oh, and above all that, the dead rise because they got tired
waiting for a sacrifice to come by.
Inspired by Herschell
Gordon Lewis' Wizard of Gore,
the weirdness of David Lynch and Frank Henenlotter, bad circus clown
humour, and of course the aesthetics of real life sideshows (several
sideshow acts are actually incorporated into the film), this movie is
above all one thing: Utterly weird! The plot of this movie is in fact
pretty difficult to follow thanks to rather inconsequential editing, but
one just can't shake the feeling that this was actually intended. Likewise
many shock scenes seem to come out of nowhere, but again this might be
purely intentional. And if you allow yourself to be sucked into this world
of weirdness and don't pay too much heed about being actively confused,
you will find yourself entertained, actually.