The Stink of Flesh (2005) (RePost from the old Ryan’s Reviews site)

Description (from the box):

Wandering a zombie wasteland, Matool survives by his wits and animal instinct, often employing his trusty hammer and gigantic nails to fend off the ravenous hordes of flesh-eating undead.  But when he is kidnapped by a mysterious couple, Matool must rely on an entirely different weapon in his arsenal to survive…

Written & directed by Scott Phillips (screenwriter of DRIVE), THE STINK OF FLESH is a no-holds-barred splatterfest featuring non-stop action and buckets of gore.

Special Edition Features: *Audio Commentary with Scott Phillips *Audio Commentary with the Cast & Crew *”Dead Sexy: The Making of The Stink of Flesh” *Bloopers & Outtakes *”Rainville: The Early Years” Short *Opening Night Premier Featurette *Production Still Gallery *PDF Screenplay *Scott Phillips’ Short Films *Tempe DVD Trailers

Major Cast: Kurly Tlapoyawa as Matool; Ross Kelly as Nathan; Diva as Dexy; Billy Garberina as Mandel; Devin O’Leary as Vega

Written by Scott Phillips

Directed by Scott Phillips

DVD by Tempe DVD

The Stink of Flesh was shot in Albuquerque for a budget of approximately $3000.  Not that you could tell.  What I think is amazing about Stink is that this film is low-budget by anyone’s standards – checking in at about 1/2 the price of El Mariachi – but looks as slick as most studio productions. Yes, granted, this was not shot on 35mm Arriflex cameras or anything like that, and yes, there wasn’t a ten million dollar effects budget.  Neither of these facts takes anything away from Stink.  The picture is crisp the colors vibrant, and lighting is well done, the audio is EASY TO LISTEN TO (not too common for low budget films), and what’s even cooler: the actors can act!  And more than that, the director can direct!

As the box describes, Stink is the story of Matool (Kurly Tlapoyawa), a zombie-killer in a world filled with undead.  Matool’s weapons of choice are his fists and his hammer & nails.  Matool “meets” Dexy and Nathan – and Dexy’s sisters – when Nathan, after knocking Matool out, brings him home as a present for Dexy.  Nathan and Dexy have a very strange marriage; Dexy likes to do other guys and Nathan likes to watch. However, in the undead world in which the characters live, it is hard to find new playthings.  Then things get weird.

There are well planned zombie fights throughout the movie, and the action is brutal.  This film is gory, but it’s not as heavy as the box makes it out.  If you are looking for gore, you won’t be disappointed in Stink; if over the top gore is a problem for you, you also won’t be disappointed. The zombies themselves are not overly intricate – most are just a cadaverous blue-grey spattered with blood – but the gore effects are well done, including the “digital squib” effects.

Overall I feel that The Stink of Flesh is a standard many other low-budget films should look up to.  Without a heavy budget, this film looks good, sounds good, and is well shot, acted, and directed.  It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, as it does deal with what some might call “deviant sexuality” (in a few different forms), it does have its share of gore and language, and it is pretty different from most entries in the zombie sub-genre, but I think most will agree that Stink is a really well made low-budget film.  I enjoyed this film immensely (I like zombie movies a lot) and would easily recommend it to anyone into the zombie sub-genre, anyone looking for some fun gore, or anyone looking for something off the beaten path.

Overall 8.5/10

The Stink of Flesh on imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0378808/

The Stink of Flesh for sale: http://www.tempevideo.com/
The Stink of Flesh for sale on Amazon

Exhilarated Despair Site: http://www.exhilarateddespair.com

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