Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

onsdag 28 februari 2018

OFF{AL} (2016)

Directed by: David Chopping
Written by: David Chopping
Stars:  David Chopping

Country: Australia
Style: Arthouse | Short
Runtime: 14min

Aussie madman David Chopping delivers this evil little deity of a short film upon the underground masses. Chopping is a long time supporter of underground films and associate of Extreme Horror Cinema who are a group who share the latest extreme horror news/reviews/interviews. This short was also featured on Volume 4 of Yan Kaos Underground Gore Shorts Anthology which is a sick compilation of international gore short films digging up only the most vile shit for true underground gore freaks to feast upon.

This version of Off{al} is a bit different from the release on the gore shorts compilation I believe. This one is in black and white and the other one is in color with a couple of other differences in editing. Off{al} is a dank ass down and dirty trip into the deranged mind of a baby mutilating maniac who lives a tormented existence as a sick dog of society.

The plot is very simple and there's basically no dialogue, but the atmosphere and the music really strike a nerve in your subconsciousness with the sheer feeling of dread and darkness it displays on the screen. The little bit of dialogue there is has the maniac playfully commenting on how cute the dead babies eyes are as the wretched and broken fetus is suffocatingly disposed of in a transparent plastic bag. What makes it even more twisted is the showing of the familiar saying that comes written on the bag commenting how the bag can be harmful if it comes in contact with children and how it can suffocate them, a rather twisted bit of content which also brings to light some sick ass satire here.

The beginning of the short has the character bothered by nonstop crying from what would be clearly identified as an infant. I'm not sure if its his infant or not but later on he dons a nightmare inducing mask and we see the baby is dead in a bag which he has placed in a bathroom sink. He then proceeds to mutilate it with a pocket knife and we get some fucked up visuals of the infants severed head detached from the carcass laying in the sink. Some other sick shit ensues including a self inducing vomiting session.

I think this a great and moody little short, a one-man project which delivers some chilling visuals, atmosphere and a great haunting soundtrack. Contact Yan D.I.Y. on Facebook to check it out with a bunch of other great shorts, or contact David Chopping on Facebook where he has a link where you can watch it for free. Cheers and support from Canada, throw another dead baby on the bar-b.

My rating: 3 out of 5


Produced by: David Chopping
Cinematography by: David Chopping
Editing by: David Chopping
Special Effects by: David Chopping
Music by: David Chopping
Language: English
Color: Black & White

Distributor: Mentalhead Trauma Films


Owner of and writer for Twisted Minds. Combined his love for underground films, music and comics with writing in the 90's. Started tape trading the good stuff around that time when originals of Italian classics by Fulci, Argento, Deodato, Castellari and Margheriti were hard to find. Then came German gore by Ittenbach and Schnaas, Mondo movies and Japanese gore such as Guinea Pig and Men Behind The Sun. Written for Violent Maniacs Cage, Mortados Pages Of Filth, ZFE Films With Attitude, Severed Cinema, Goregasmic Cinema, Pophorror & Extreme Horror Cinema.