Saturday, April 11, 2009


Donkey Punch 2008
Director: Oliver Blackburn
Writers: Oliver Blackburn and David Bloom
Starring Robert Boulter. Sian Breckin, Tom Burke, Nichola Burley and Julian Morris

Films that have a night of wild partying that goes horribly awry are a subject for many films. Two great examples are Very Bad Things by Peter Berg and Night of the Demons by Kevin Tenney. Donkey Punch is another of these types of films and I believe it deserves to go up there with these two and also has similarities to Dead Calm and Shallow Grave as well.
The plot is fairly simple a group of young people decide to go out to do some yachting and have some fun. It starts just with drinking and dancing and then progresses to Crack and a orgy. Earlier in the film a few characters talk about weird sex acts and they mention the Donkey Punch, and while they are having the orgy one of the guys eggs on another to do this and he breaks the girls neck with his punch. Then things just go from bad to worse as the guys want to cover up the problem while the girls want too report it. Then as the evening progresses people start going crazy and killing each other off till just one survives, but the question is should she have.
This was a brutal film that starts off like a teen sex comedy but very quickly goes horribly awry. Their is a pretty graphic sex scene toward the end of the first act, you see swinging dicks and lots of naked chicks, but the ending to the scene is the volcano that sets off the remainder of the film. Blackburns's direction was top notch, this was his first film and he is a director people should be keeping an eye on. The story is simple but tight and you really get to know all the characters, particularly interesting was Julian Morris as Josh, he was likable but cruel and vindictive. The girls were great as well Burley as Tammy and Breckin as Lisa. The kills are quite affecting and shocking, with lots of blood and the last one is really done quite ingeniously. It is one of those films that takes place in one setting just like Dead Calm and it is just as suspenseful and gripping as that film. This is a shocking and brutal horror film although it is a much more reality based one, but still pulled off marvelously.

I give this one 4 out of 5

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