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FLESH FOR THE INFERNO (2015)
Published by David Carter on 2016/4/17 (417 reads)
Directed by Richard Griffin
Review by David Carter
Released by MVD Visual/Scorpio Film Releasing
Running Time: 79 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Color format: Color
Audio/Subtitles: 2.0 Stereo English
Region Code: 1, NTSC
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
16:9 Enhanced: Yes
Special Features: Two commentary tracks
Trailer Online: Yes
Rhode Island’s Richard Griffin and his Scorpio Film Releasing have quickly become my favorite players on the indie horror scene. His films strike the perfect balance between innovation and nostalgia; at once feeling familiar and brand new. Utilizing the same troupe of actors for each of his films has contributed positively to the success of his works and the talented group always displays an impressive range and mastery of comedy, sci-fi, and (primarily) horror. Griffin has been making his way through the various genres of horror, and he’s tackling the style of one of our favorites – Lucio Fulci – in his latest shocker, FLESH FOR THE INFERNO.
Father Renault is confronted by a quartet of nuns when they learn of his inappropriate activities with parish’s children. To their shock, the unrepentant Renault attacks the sisters, killing one and sealing the remaining three in the walls of the basement. There, the sisters renounce their vows and pledge their souls to Satan in order to exact the revenge they desire.
Flash forward to the present day when the now-dilapidated building is being renovated by a group of reluctantly do-gooding teens. Awakened by the presence of good, the now-evil supernatural nuns appear to drag their souls to hell in gory fashion. The teens, none of whom get along with the others, must find a way to work together to escape from the nuns but surviving may mean going through hell itself.
Griffin has synthesized 80s slasher films with the “Gates of Hell” trilogy from Fulci to create a film that is funny, bloody, and infinitely watchable. Thematically derived from Fulci’s otherworldly Catholic nightmares, FLESH FOR THE INFERNO features villains that would be right at home in a NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET-style horror, as they put the expected ironic twists on their murders. Griffin wastes little time getting to the blood and guts, which are in ample supply here and feature some of the better special effects I’ve encountered in his films. As now is expected, the characters in the film are far more than mere bodies, as the actors and Michael Varrati’s script give you well-realized characters that you might (gasp!) actually care about.
Griffin’s dedication to accurately and loving reproducing the feel of horror classics extends to the smallest details. Even the score is evocative of Italian supernatural horrors; more evidence of Griffin’s dominance in the nostalgia-horror subgenre. This is verified in the DVD’s dual commentary tracks, which feature cast and crew citing their influences for the film. FLESH FOR THE INFERNO is another strong entry in Griffin’s oeuvre and one of a handful of modern films able to successfully recreate the feel of Italian supernatural horror. Highly recommended for fans of Fulci, Argento and Bava, and also of Richard Griffin, who doubtlessly has a growing number of fans of his own.
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