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Day Of The Dead
Eaten Alive
The Evil Dead
Flesh For Frankenstein
House On The Edge
Of The Park

Island Of Death
I Spit On Your Grave
Men Behind The Sun
Re-Animator
Street Trash
The Texas Chain
Saw Massacre


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Welcome to the Sick-Films.com Reviews section. Here you will find a number of specially-written reviews of our favourite films - call these a starting point - each with links to discover more about the films, should you be so inclined. Scroll down for a list of our reviews, or use the links to the left.
Click to read our posthumous review of George A. Romero's Day of the Dead (1985)
Street Trash (1987)
SYNOPSIS: A close-knit group of New York bums discover a bottle of booze that makes them explode when consumed.
SICK LOWLIGHTS: People melting in a pool of pus and snot; naked woman gang raped by tramps; a guy deliberately vomits on another man's head; sharpening leg bone into knife; decapitation.
Bumfights (2002)
SYNOPSIS: Underground film-makers show the violent and seedy underbelly of a bored US middle class. Jackass times 100.
SICK LOWLIGHTS: Real fights. Tramps throwing themselves through plate glass windows, and down steep hills. Crack dealer shitting on the pavement. Chicks fighting. Pranks. "Wanna duckie?!"
Island Of Death (1975)
SYNOPSIS: Young couple go on the rampage on a small Greek island, torturing and killing the locals.
SICK LOWLIGHTS: Man has sex with goat. Man crucified to floor with nails. Junkie forced to OD. Golden showers. Woman gets face burnt off. Leading lady raped by shepherd. Then leading man!
House On The Edge Of The Park (1980)
SYNOPSIS: Sadistic rapist holds a party of yuppies hostage in their own home, only to have the tables turned.
SICK LOWLIGHTS: Immediate rape. Man repeatedly bashed into table. Girls forced to kiss. Humiliation at knife point. Girl repeatedly slashed with straight razor. Accidental disembowellment.
The Evil Dead (1982)
SYNOPSIS: A holiday weekend in a remote log cabin turns into a bloodbath when teenagers accidentally raise undead monsters.
SICK LOWLIGHTS: Sharp pencil stabbed into ankle. Woman raped by thick tree branch. Multiple dismemberment with axe. Gouged-out eyes. Decapitation with spade. Multi-coloured demon spew.
Cannibal Holocaust (1979)
SYNOPSIS: Documentary film crew go into jungle to film cannibals and don't come back. Discovered film footage shows why.
SICK LOWLIGHTS: Live animal killings. Ritualistic abortion. Three-man Rape in deep mud. Woman impaled on stake. Decapitation, castration, disembowellment and mutilation beyond recognition...
Re-Animator (1985)
SYNOPSIS: Mad scientist invents a drug that brings dead people back to life - as insane zombie murderers.
SICK LOWLIGHTS: Syringes. Popping veins. Exploding eyes. Bone saw through chest. Decapitation by spade. Severed head goes down on naked woman! Flailing intestines...
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
SYNOPSIS: Hapless teenagers stumble upon house full of redneck cannibals. Only one gets out alive.
SICK LOWLIGHTS: Self-mutilation with straight razor. Woman impaled on meathook. Off-screen dismemberment. Man cut down middle with chainsaw. Old man fed human blood from live girl.
Flesh For Frankenstein (1974)
SYNOPSIS: Mary Shelley's infamous monster story gets a splatter make-over, featuring lashings of blood and semen.
SICK LOWLIGHTS: Bodily experiments. Decapitation with shears. Fucking death in the gall bladder. Old woman disembowelled.
Heart removed with a barbed spear.
Battle Royale (2000)
SYNOPSIS: Unruly schoolchildren are shipped to a deserted island and forced to fight it out to the death.
SICK LOWLIGHTS: Switchblade between eyes. Exploding neck collar. Crossbolt through windpipe. Throat slit with sythe. Teen Uzi bloodbath. Severed head stuffed with grenade.
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Funny, sick and stylish low-budget splatter

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Wes Craven's first film: still uncompromising
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House By The Cemetery (1980)
DIRECTOR: Lucio Fulci, Italy
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A young family get more than they bargained for when they buy a big house next to a New England cemetery.
SICK LOWLIGHTS: Woman stabbed hard in back of head, through mouth. Ridiculous bat attack. Woman skewered repeatedly with poker. Maggot-ridden body parts. Kid scared by severed head.
OUR VERDICT: Unintentionally hilarious, but great Italian cheeseball horror fun. If you can put up with the paper-thin characters constantly shouting out names you'll eventually be rewarded with some of the best splatter FX from the Fulci era (courtesy of Gianetto De Rossi). Defintely worth a watch if you've never seen it.
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The Toxic Avenger (1986)
DIRECTOR: Michael Hertz & Lloyd Kaufman, USA
SYNOPSIS: A wimpy gym cleaner turns into an avenging monster when he's knocked into radioactive waste.
SICK LOWLIGHTS: Teen has head driven over by car. Girls teased with hard drugs. Head split with bench press. Man's hands fried in deep fat frier. Blind girl's guide dog blown away with shotgun. Little old lady is squashed in a trouser press.
OUR VERDICT: This absolutely outragously over-the-top superhero comedy, though marred by poor sound (not to mention poor production values), is a must-see for any self-respecting gore hound. One scene, in which a gang of hoodlums attack a blind girl in a fast food restaraunt, is sure to go down in history as one of the sickest scenes in motion picture history.
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Braindead AKA Dead Alive (1995)
DIRECTOR: Peter Jackson, New Zealand
SYNOPSIS: The bite from a rare monkey turns people into uncoordinated flesh-eating zombies.
SICK LOWLIGHTS: Dismembered ear eaten. "Your mother ate my dog!". Multiple decapitation and dismemberment. Face punched out. Everyone liquidised with an upturned Flymo.
OUR VERDICT: Blood-drenched and super fun, Peter (Lord Of The Rings) Jackson does zombie fans proud with this cross between Monty Python and Zombie Flesh Eaters. The ending is a tad on the over-silly side, but the build up to the final Flymo bloodbath is gripping and hugely enjoyable to witness. A must see.
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Eaten Alive AKA Death Trap (1979)
DIRECTOR: Tobe Hooper, USA
SYNOPSIS: Crazy hillbilly hotelier kills his guests and feeds them to a giant pet alligator.
SICK LOWLIGHTS: Girl skewered with a rake. Lots of ranting and screaming over insane country soundtrack. Decapitation with sythe. Dog eaten. Man bitten in half. Little girl terrorised.
OUR VERDICT: Slow, but terrifying serial killer yarn with a grating country and western soundtrack and lots of screaming. Thankfully, scream queen Marylin Burns provides the yells, which makes the relentless misery of this shocking movie more than worth it. Look out for Robert (Freddy Kreuger) Englund in his acting debut as a rapist.
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Re-Animator (1985)
DIRECTOR: Stuart Gordon, USA
SYNOPSIS: Mad scientist invents a drug that brings dead people back to life - as insane zombie murderers.
SICK LOWLIGHTS: Syringes. Popping veins. Exploding eyes. Bone saw through chest. Decapitation by spade. Severed head goes down on naked woman! Flailing intestines...
OUR VERDICT: A HP Lovecraft adaptation and one of the best horror movies to come out of the States in decades. Featuring the ample talents of Barbara Crampton (at one point fondled by a decaptated ghoul), this zombie splatter epic has been re-released with loads of extras and in the definitive director's (un)cut. Re-Animator is a must-have for any self-respecting gore hound.
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
DIRECTOR: Tobe Hooper, USA
SYNOPSIS: Hapless teenagers stumble upon house full of redneck cannibals. Only one gets out alive.
SICK LOWLIGHTS: Self-mutilation with straight razor. Woman impaled on meathook. Off-screen dismemberment. Man cut down middle with chainsaw. Old man fed human blood from live girl.
OUR VERDICT: One of the eeriest, darkest, scariest movies ever made, TTCSM is a triumph of low budget film-making and it still packs a heavy punch. When the killing starts things get really tense, and when scream queen babe Marylin Burns starts flexing her tonsils the viewing becomes a tad uncomfortable. Don't let anyone tell you that this film is not scary. They are wrong.
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Cannibal Apocalypse (1982)
DIRECTOR: Antonio Margheriti, Italy
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Vietnam veterans acquire a taste for human flesh after years in captivity - with gruesome consequences.
SICK LOWLIGHTS: Cannibalism in captivity. Explicit shotgun wound to the chest. Prolonged bodily dismemberment by grind saw on garage floor. Tongue torn out. Disembowellment by shotgun.
OUR VERDICT: John Saxon lends this movie some gravitas - as do Gianetto De Rossi's excellent gore effects - though little else does. A bunch of Vietnam vets fall foul of the law when their urge for blood overtakes their senses. The ensuing cop chase produces a few shocking lowlights, including a garage mechanic torn apart by the vets and (partially) eaten. The final chase in the sewers is standard fare, except when lead veteran John Morghen takes a shotgun shell in the guts and the camera gleefully peers through the cavity to show his friends escaping. Fun and gory, but very low grade.
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Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974)
DIRECTOR: George Grau, Spain
SYNOPSIS: 70s Manchester, England, gets a rude awakening in the form of flesh-eating zombies. Weird!
SICK LOWLIGHTS: Teen has head driven over by car. Girls teased with hard drugs. Head split with bench press. Man's hands fried in deep fat frier. Blind girl's guide dog blown away with shotgun. Little old lady is squashed in a trouser press.
OUR VERDICT: This absolutely outragously over-the-top superhero comedy, though marred by poor sound (not to mention poor production values), is a must-see for any self-respecting gore hound. One scene, in which a gang of hoodlums attack a blind girl in a fast food restaraunt, is sure to go down in history as one of the sickest scenes in motion picture history.
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Nightmare City (1995)
DIRECTOR: Umberto Lenzi, Italy
SYNOPSIS: A radioactive spill causes thousands of people to become blood thirsty maniacs.
SICK LOWLIGHTS: Stabbings. Knivings. Hackings. Decapitations. Explicit headshots. Flesh eating. More knivings. Limbs hacked off. More stabbings.
OUR VERDICT: Though laughable in many places, Umberto Lenzi's Nightmare City is at least enjoyable in it's relentlessness and audacity (the zombies almost becoming rapists in some scenes...) The special effects are crude, but the gore is inventive and non-stop. As a fun zombie splatter romp Nightmare City is worth checking out - just don't expect a masterpiece of horror...
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Return Of The Living Dead (1985)
DIRECTOR: Dan O'Bannon, USA
SYNOPSIS: Gas leak causes out-of-control zombie rampage in a small US town.
SICK LOWLIGHTS: Head skewered to floor with pickaxe. Bodies dismembered. Brains eaten. Chunk bitten out of head. Unstoppable hoards of flesh-eating zombies.
OUR VERDICT: An excellent zombie movie spoof, with lots going for it. A bunch of foolhardy kids happen upon an accidental gas leak at a medical supply store and end up having to fight running, screaming (even talking) zombies. Dropping like flies, the desperate kids battle their way to a nearby mortuary where they enlist the help of an eccentric embalmer. The film's got a terrific ending too.
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The Burning (1981)
DIRECTOR: Tony Maylam, USA
SYNOPSIS: Camp caretaker comes back to take revenge on a bunch of kids that accidentally burnt him alive.
SICK LOWLIGHTS: Man burned alive. Nurse skewered with scissors. Fingers chopped off. Garden shears in throat. Raft full of dimembered body parts. Various killings. Axe in head.
OUR VERDICT: A classic one-off (thank God) slasher film that is played for scares, rather than for laughs. It's surprisingly gory too - with kids dying at the ends of various garden implements at regular intervals - previously earning the film banned status in the UK. An uncut version is at last available on DVD - allowing us to savour the unique squirms this great US slasher movie has to offer.
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Contamination (1980)
DIRECTOR: Luigi Cozzi, Italy
SYNOPSIS: Un-manned cargo vessel brings alien eggs into New York - with gut-exploding consequences.
SICK LOWLIGHTS: Exploding heads. Exploding ears. Exploding chest cavities. Lingering, slow motion shots of flying intestines. Man crushed and eaten by alien monster.
OUR VERDICT: This relatively interesting cheapo, sci-fi horror rip-off has been lovingly restored by Blue Underground DVD. Fans of 80s Italian horror will lap up the Goblin soundtrack, and titter at the ludcrous dialogue - not to mention the over-the-top cheat-bursting body explosions (which are fun the first time around)... though the rest of us will wonder what all the fuss is about. Nevertheless, Contamination is eminently collectible and worth a look.
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