"We smoke this marijuana in your honor, Satan."
I just finished watching this. It's not often a movie scene will actually disturb me even slightly, but this one succeeded towards the end. It's got a lot of the hallmarks of an underground B-movie, but the unnerving atmosphere and insistent grittiness is supreme. Iron Maiden t-shirts, Ozzy tattoos, FREEDOSESFREEDOSESFREEDOSES, ritual sacrifice in a graveyard, a brutal murder carried out by a vengeful psychopathic metalhead, and a ridiculous number of memorable quotes for an under-20-minute movie round out the entertainment value. Although there's no actual death or black metal I could discern, apart from one rather annoying song played on a boombox in the middle of a forest, death heads will instantly recognize several of the shots of medieval engravings. Also of note is that this is based on an actual person, Ricky Kasso. This was made by Jim van Bebber, better known for The Manson Family
and Deadbeat at Dawn
, the latter of which is also a great ride and was effectively sampled by Impetigo on "I Work for the Streetcleaner." "Satan approves."River's Edge
is another, feature-length, fictionalization of a true murder, committed by Anthony Jacques Broussard. This one contains a few well-known actors (including Crispin Glover at his best) and little violence. In contrast to My Sweet Satan
, this aims to be a more pensive movie exploring the disenchanted attitude of youth living in a time when social values are disappearing quickly, if not already entirely absent. A kid murders another kid, tells his friends, and nobody seems to care - or at least, does anything about it. Lost and confused products of the baby boomer generation, showing a desire to find meaning in a world that they know has none inherent. This one also has a more recognizably metal soundtrack, although it's hardly a focus of the film. Regardless, the proposed ties between nihilism and metal are very palpable. Disclaimer: contains Keanu Reeves, although this was before he got super famous and annoying; he doesn't even get a mention in the trailer. Even bigger disclaimer: ignore the music in the trailer, which makes this seem like a goofy comedy. It's a very somber film with nary a trace of joy.