Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

söndag 20 januari 2019


Directed by: Emanuele De Santi, Giulio De Santi
Written by: Emanuele De Santi, Giulio De Santi
Stars:  Emanuele De Santi, Patricia Rodriguez, Valeria Sannino... read more

Country: Italy
Style: Action | Crime | Sci-Fi
Runtime: 1h 24min

In 2011 I managed to find Necrostorm, an Italian movie company founded by Giulio De Santi/ directed by Giulio De Santi and Tiziana Machella. Together these guys constitute and produce extremely violent movies and video games, and it's obvious they want to capture our realistic world and formulate it to a distorted world view of the Earth's massdestruction.

Same year I ordered their debut-movie Adam Chaplin, which rumore was it would be the first movie that blends extreme measures in anime with the realism of horror. Well, it isn't the first of its genre though - 'Story of Ricky' and 'Tokyo Gore Police' is among a series of titles based on extreme violence in same manner. Anyhow, despite this attempt to assert the above I gave it a try and I didn't regret it at all.

Adam Chaplin is set in the fictional landscape of Heaven Valley and speaks about Adam (Emanuele De Santi), who after his wife's suspicious death begins to investigate the murder and discovers the local mob boss Denny Richards (Chiara Marfella). In this neighborhood you can't trust the police - they are corrupt and controlled by Denny. Meanwhile, Adam is consumed by anger and summons a demon who offers him superhuman strength and dark powers. The demon follows him during his journey, promising to lead Adam to the murderer on one condition; if he does all the things that the demon questioning him to do. This will unleash a bloody war that brings Adam to the police with their dark allies - the fight begins and it will be completed in a very extreme way.

The story about Adam Chaplin is narrowly based on James O'Barr's series 'The Crow' and the drama around it seems to come from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's 'Faust'. If we mix all this up with the violence from 'Riki-Oh' and the live-action scenes from 'Fist of the North Star', then we have a simple description of how Adam Chaplin looks like.

It seems that director Emanuele de Santi borrowed freely from many of these above favorites and made something completely own out of it and I have to say that they've worked diligently with this unique production. Adam Chaplin is an independent film, but might as well could've been a big production. The special effects are below the mark (Hyperrealistic Anime Blood Simulation) and is a relatively new effect which hasn't been used too much in this sort of genre. The splatter effects are hand-made, but a lot of the buildings, firearms, storms and rain is constructed with help of CGI. It gives a mixed contrast that captures us into a kind of living comic-book.

What disappointed me the most though was how they took advantage of all the slow-motion effects in wrong contexts. It worked really well during the fights, but sometimes they threw these effects into completely disjointed scenes that destroyed some of the film's good mood.

The environment and the atmosphere looks like a Italian post-apocalyptic decay straight from the 80s. We find some of the most bizarre characters I've ever seen. It's like a cross between the characters in Ryan Nicholson's 'Hanger' and Jim Van Bebber's 'Deadbeat at Dawn'. Almost all the characters look like degenerate freaks and it's very cool done.

I think Adam Chaplin is really good, but it's over-hyped to call this 'the world's bloodiest movie ever made' I was expecting a non-stop violent movie, but there's actually a 30-minute sequence only consisting dialogues. Sure, it's important to tie together a good story in front of the violence, but I wished they could've slapped it all together better so it didn't became too lengthy.

Anyway, If you like extreme movies filled with sharp-charged action sequences, fountain-escalated bloodstains and fancy moves, then this is definitely a movie for you. Some scenes are nicely done and doesn't stop to surprise anyone. The electronic music composed by Emanuele de Santi helps put the very last position. It's really made for the movie and matches each crunchy detail.

Previously they released an extended version of Adam Chaplin containing new scenes where the blood's escalated double as much. I believe it has seven minutes longer duration than its original release. Both of these are available on DVD and Bluray via their official website at

My rating: 3.5 out of 5


Produced by:  Emanuele De Santi, Giulio De Santi
Cinematography by: Emanuele De Santi
Editing by: Emanuele De Santi
Special Effects by: Emanuele De Santi
Music by: Emanuele De Santi
Language: Italian
Color: Color



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