Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

onsdag 14 mars 2018


Directed by: Lucifer Valentine
Written by: Lucifer Valentine
Stars:  Ameara Lavey, Pig Lizzy, Maja Lee... read more

Country: Canada
Style: Extreme
Runtime: 1h 11min

Lucifer Valentine, whose real name is still unknown, is indeed one of the most notorious directors in the current state of artistic underground extreme film. This is due to his controversial way of distributing cinematic art through his production company 'Kingdom of Hell Productions'. With this company, his Vomit Gore series was born together with the former pornmovie-actress Brandy Petrie 'Ameara Lavey' (R.I.P 2017).

It has been speculated very much about who Lucifer Valentine really is and it has been lots of discussion about his way of spreading his amazing and dubious stories online, but I can not answer if it's true or not. But one thing is for sure, just like Marian Dora, he goes under several psydonyms, one of which is Edward Thompson, and it's quite understandable why he wants to stay as secret as possible.

When I first heard of Lucifer Valentine I'd only received a lot of negative statements. Really flimsy reviews that just scratched on the surface of his creativity and from those who found themselves deeply provoked or became annoyed by his approach in its narrative. But as a newbie as I am when it comes to this kind of movies, I think this series is easier to accept if you know a little about its background, and it may form a better understanding before you entering into this nightmarish hell. Therefore, I have decided to produce some captions before continuing my review:

Slaughtered Vomit Dolls is Valentine's first official film which came into force in 2006. His interest in filming has never been to make any real feature films in the usual vintage of horror. He likes to experiment alot with the documentary and reality-based elements of his installations. His main inspirations are coming from Harmony Korine (Gummo, Mister Lonely, Spring Breakers) and Vincent Gallo (Buffalo '66, The Brown Bunny) who seem to unabashedly dig in themselves to find their personal expressions in the creation. He has never had any film-ambitions at all, but has just shot home-videos together with his sister Cinderella and his closest friends.

Before SVD, Valentine met his former partner Ameara Lavey (whose real name was Brandy Petrie), which she chose to retain as an artist's name from her previous working conditions in the porn-industry. By that time, she struggled with drug- and alcohol abuse while suffering from bulimia, which soon led to the creation of what would become Slaughtered Vomit Dolls.

In this series we become familiar with the nineteen year old bulimic runaway stripper-turned prostitute Angela Aberdeen (Ameara Lavey) and her downward spiral in a hellish and psychotic personality disorder. Even if you think the movie lacks a real plot, It's all about her demonical delusions, forced vomiting and her distorted memories from her incestuous family relationship which was the main reason for her escape from reality.

So what do I personally think about the movie then? Firstly I have to say that I may be a bit crazy who actually found this sort of content fascinating. I'm not an emetophilia who enjoy vomiting, but I'm interested in the more in-depth topic and the psychological aspects behind her behavior pattern. Because if we dig a bit deeper, SVD is not just about vomiting, gore and pornography as the first subject. The extreme parts of its violence represents the destruction of human form and turns the human state to show that you can overcome the terrible traumatic parts of life by completely embracing and immersing in the hellish sphere.

That being said, the archetype of Angela Aberdeen is the lost teenager and the traumatic circumstances in her life are thought to be an eradication - both physically and mentally. In SVD we see different sorts of mutilations and beheadings as different aspects of her mentally image, and that's the way we have to look at the series to have an understanding of its truly content.

I love the authenticity of his creation, everything feels so close and truly heartbreaking. The image, just like the sound clip, creates an atmosphere that I thought was only found in our most strangest and haunting dreams. It's a bit outrageous though, but which in the end is forgiven.

My only negative view about this debut may be put on its blurry plot. But I understand if Lucifer wanted to front the movie as difficult to understand, that's probably the most controversial with his perception of openness. I don't want to spoil everything too much, but this is about pure criticism of religion. It's about suppression of human minds and destructions of concepts like happiness and morality. Desillusated by religious moral and religious norms, Angela is left behind the christian community with a sense of impotence that is so commonplace and as so many of us can feel familiar with. She is therefore looking for herself in her own anxiety and fear, to find a strength coming from within, thus rejecting all forms of divine strength.

As an ordinary horror movie enthusiast, I know that movies like these can be hard to understand and that's why it has been so criticized and downgraded on different forums. I believe that is because you haven't learned, or had a greater need or interests to go further into the expressive and suggestive form of art and that's the only key you need to appreciate such movies like this.

But what I've learned after actually having to watch the movie three times to get a grip on it; SVD is like a puzzle of life, you have to find the right pieces to solve your own identity. But everything is not meant for everyone, it requires an deeper understanding, or perhaps an experience that points in the same direction as Ameara Lavey who where destructively destroyed by the evilness that exists in our world.

This was my first visit in Lucifer's world and although it wasn't as strong as I wished, I'm looking forward to what is offered in the second part of the Vomit Gore-series. I look forward to it with a good deal of transparency.

My rating: 2.5 out of 5


Produced by: Lucifer Valentine
Cinematography by: Lucifer Valentine
Editing by: Lucifer Valentine
Special Effects by: Lucifer Valentine
Language: English
Color: Color

DistributorBlack Lava Entertainment | Unearthed 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.