Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

söndag 11 mars 2018


Directed by: Arthur Cullipher
Written by: Nathan Erdel, Todd Rigney
Stars:  Shane Beasley, Kelsey Carlisle, Ellie Church... read more

Country: USA
Style: Slasher
Runtime: 1h 25min

To begin with and to get a deeper understanding of Headless we must go back to Scott Schirmer's' debut 'Found' from 2012. Schirmer's film was based on a novel, written by author Todd Rigney, who combines horror with coming-of-age. Found tells us about Marty (Gavin Brown) growing up, confronted with bullying, puberty and his brother Steve (Ethan Philbeck) which is a necrophiliac mad men - One of the worst out there. In addition to a sawed-off head, Marty also finds a stolen VHS-tape in his brother's horror movie collection titled 'Headless', which says to be a lost slasher movie from 1978. In this movie, Steve finds his inspiration for his macabre performances and that movie has now got its very own presentation.

That being said, Headless is simply about the stolen movie in Found which Marty and his friend David (Alex Kogin) are watching together. Headless is written by Nathan Erdel and directed by Arthur Cullipher and It's about this crazy cannibalistic killer (Shane Beasley) with a certain specality of eating his victims eyes and fuck their eyesockets. A surreal nightmare where we see the killer's constantly fighting his own demons, remembering his childhood locked inside a cage and his mean sister urinating on his head. And sure, you totally gets why he loves to slice the tits of young innocent girls.

These two films differ far apart from each other story-wise. While Found is a family drama, Headless is a stylistic slasher movie of the extreme grade, and I thought Headless fell quite flat in its comparison since I really love the psychological parts and the coming-of-age theme in Found. But its strongest advantage was the acting and the great effects though, which is much better in Headless. And what I liked most was the cool introduction of Skullboy (Kaden Miller) which clearly symbolizes the killer as a child who is guiding him through his miserable life.

Another thing to note is that you can see the killer in three different stages; one as a child, another as a teenager (Matt Keeley) and the third part as an adult and you get to know his family also. There's very much of details that's being presented during such a short runtime, and one is almost hoping for a sequel to developing his own little crazy world.

The environment feels authentic and it really gives us a real kick back in time somewhere as it's said it takes place in the late 70's. It doesn' t feel like the movie has been recorded in the present time, because it's very grainy and everything feels so dirty and overdue as in a typical grindhouse movie...

I recommend you to give it a watch if you like depraved torture at it's best. It's a slasher movie in an approximate style with Doug Gerber and Caleb Pennypacker's 'Crazy Murder' (2014) or Joe Stauffer's 'Pieces of Talent' (2014), so if you are looking for something similar with Found you can go look for Justin M. Seaman's 'The Barn' (2016) or something, that's my closest recommendation right now.

My rating: 3 out of 5


Produced by: Shane Beasley, Timothy J. Bowen, Nick DeCarlo, Kara Erdel, Nathan Erdel, Christina Land, Scott Schirmer, Sam Sturgeon, Leya Taylor, Jason West
Cinematography by: Leya Taylor
Editing by: Scott Schirmer, Arthur Cullipher
Special Effects by: Shane Beasley, Kirk Chastain, Arthur Cullipher, David Hancock, Christina Land, Scott Maus, Cole Nicoson, David Pruett, Yeats Roahrig, Evan Stauffer, Sam Sturgeon, Leya Taylor
Music by: Mike Anderson, Arthur Cullipher, Magician Johnson, James Nash
Language: English
Color: Color

DistributorForbidden Films


Owner of and writer for Twisted Minds. French Canadian weirdo, lives in the past, afraid of the future, but curious about what to come. Beginner in extreme horror and visual arthouse, and finds it exciting to discover the world down under. Growed in the 80's and discovered cheesy classics, among others John Carpenter, Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, Stuart Gordon. Live for electro, rock and metal music and have a long story full of concert memories. This is the first time he takes the interest in writing about what he is experiencing.