It’s a little known fact that the month of May’s name is originally derived from the word Mayhem. Ok, that may not be strictly true, but with those masters of madness, morbidity and murder – Mayhem Film Festival – returning to Broadway for a night of terror, it sure does feel like it.
This Friday, Mayhem, in association with All Night Horror Madness will be presenting a special double bill for those that wish to gambol in all things gory. With two of the sickest, slickest and sauciest films to come out of the early seventies, the night promises to be full of gore and giggles, with a healthy dash of gross thrown in.
Read on for a quick rundown of the films that will be churning our stomachs:
Flesh for Frankenstein is a tongue in cheek blood-fest presented by Andy Warhol, directed by Paul Morrissey (Trash) and starring Warhol’s protégé and Factory’s notorious sex symbol Joe Dallesandro that was once described by Playboy as “The most gruesome epic ever unleashed”. Baron Frankenstein is dissatisfied with his sister-wife and their two children, and dreams of creating a super-race that he can call his own. Being Frankenstein, he somewhat unsurprisingly goes about his plan by creating a couple of very attractive zombies, in order to mate them. What Frankenstein doesn’t bet on however, is that the male zombie would be asexual, and have little to no interest in procreating for the good of his master’s nefarious plan. In the meantime, Mrs Frankenstein flips the proverbial bird at her disinterested husband and goes about trying to get her own procreation on, with stable boy Nicholas. Will Frankenstein succeed in his despicable plan? Will Mrs Frankenstein cause trouble of her own? And for the love of all things holy, what about the children?
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Directed by David Durston (Stigma) and shown in 35mm, I Drink Your Blood promises to disgust even the most hardened horror fan. After a band of Satanist hippies cause mayhem in a small town, a kid decides to teach them a gory lesson, by feeding the group rabies infected pork pies. As you’d expect, the plan backfires somewhat as the now zombiesque Satanists indiscriminately rape, pillage and infect everything in their path. Expect new and imaginative ways of slaughtering the innocent and not-so-innocent, with the trailer proclaiming “You will ask yourself, what kinds of sadism will this electric knife be used for? What horrors will be performed with this hose?” before laying down a gauntlet to those with a strong stomach to make it through the whole film. Challenge: Accepted.
Double Bill of Flesh and Blood will be screened at Broadway on Friday 11 May from 9pm.
Mayhem Festival official website