Description (from the box, translated from Spanish):
Roger Franco is a director of “class Z” cinema, and is rolling out his fourth feature film, full of guts, blood, and women harassed by murderous monkeys, assassins, and rapists. The filming is chaotic since Cantiano, a graduate of the school of cinema of Subiela makes his life impossible because he doesn’t understand the film’s wild style.
The film is full of the problems of the filming of the cinema; leaders for Franco, they can face the problems for the good of Gore and the Mother country.
GOREINVASIÓN is the fourth feature film by Germán Magariños and the first movie for Argentina to be recognized by TROMA (creators of The Toxic Avenger) with the “Dogpile 95” certification surrendered to movie independent gore.
Ezequiel Hansen as Roger Franco, Fernando Giangiacomo as El Duche, Diego Cagide as Cantiano, José Luis Paruolo as Uri Geller, Ezequiel Piñeyro as Rolando
English Subtitles, Trailers for other Gorevision films
Written by Germán Magariños
Directed by Germán Magariños
Goreinvasión is obviously from people who love Troma. I love Troma. So you’d think, with a little basic philosophy that if Goreinvasión loves Troma, and I love Troma that I would love Goreinvasión. Flawed reasoning, unfortunately.
Goreinvasión sports a Dogpile 95 certification (which, if you didn’t know, is Troma’s poke-in-the-eye to Lars von Trier‘s Dogme 95 certification), even though I could not find any reference to Goreinvasión on the Dogpile 95 page. But it certainly would qualify under the Dogpile requirements. This is a no-budget gore flick shot on cheap digital cameras and mostly without the use of lights… or good microphones… or good gore effects… or…
Maybe this is because I’m a stupid American that knows very little about Argentinean culture, but I didn’t get most of this movie. I mean, cool, so we’re doing a picture within a picture comedy along the lines of Living in Oblivion, and the filmmakers in the film are no-budget just like the actual filmmakers. Great. We get lots of chances to do really low-quality stuff and then try to get away with it by pointing out how low-quality it is. Personally, I feel that this is just a cheap way to get around trying to create production values of any sort – with good planning, pre-production, and some help form your friends, decent looking production values are possible, even within the no-budget world, but Goreinvasión would rather just joke about the fact that it looks very cheap.
Goreinvasión begins with “Dr. Uri Gellar” (in front of a cheap, possibly seizure-inducing blue-screen fill in) telling us about the filmmaker Roger Franco (which is also a pseudonym for the director) and how much his movies suck. We then get clips from some these Roger Franco films (which are actually Germán Magariños films) – LSD Frankenstein and Holocausto Cannabis (aka Cannabis Holocaust: Mutant Hell). Great titles, but they also appear to be on the same quality level as Goreinvasión. So from the beginning of this film, you are being told by the filmmaker (in his script) how much he sucks and how much you shouldn’t watch Goreinvasión. This would be really funny if it didn’t ring so true by the end of the movie.
From the beginning of Goreinvasión we are introduced to what we should expect for the rest of the film – hockey-masked killers randomly popping up and murdering people who appear to have kool-aid blood. The gore effects are ridiculously bad in this film, and mostly consist of a shot of a random killer stabbing / punching / shooting / whatever off screen and being sprayed in the face with some fruit punch. Sometimes actual gore will surface, and it is obviously gore procured from the local supermarket (as is confirmed by a scene in the movie-within-the-movie). Some of the gore is so laughable that it pretty much destroys any offensiveness intended – for example the baby murder / rape scene. Sounds really offensive, huh? Well, once you see a kitchen knife stab into a hollow plastic baby up close enough to be painfully aware that the baby doll used could be found at any dollar store, it begins to become a bit ridiculous. This is followed by a dildo used to rape the baby in a head stab wound. This scene goes on about 10 times longer than it ever should (if there was ever any need for this scene at all), and is shown in such painful detail that it is not offensive, it is just repugnant to think that someone thought to write and shoot this. If this scene were done well, it would be completely disturbing and frightening… too bad it was done this way.
The scene described above gives you an idea of what is going on in Goreinvasión. The movie goes from no-budget filmmakers making fun of the film they are in, and then randomly being slayed by hockey-masked killers that pop up out of nowhere. This film is so hard to follow that it wasn’t until the last few minutes that I finally was made aware of the fact that these killers are actually aliens, invading Argentina. What the hell?
In the movie-within-the-movie, the director tells his assistant (who actually cares about making a good movie) “people who watch this kind of movie doesn’t look (at) those details, or continuity, or lighting.” Well Mr. Roger Franco, you are quite incorrect. Just because movie is no-budget does not require that you forget about the creature-comforts – lighting, decent sound, decent effects, etc. The very best of no-budget films can make up for their low production values through a good script, or decent effects, or good physical comedy, or in one of many other ways. Goreinvasión never makes up for its lack of budget in anyway except by flaunting the fact that it has no production value to speak of.
Don’t get me wrong, Goreinvasión is not all bad. There are some funny bits within the film, especially if you are a filmmaker. I felt so bad for Cantiano, as I could feel his pain at seeing what was going on within this movie. There was a great joke about how Cantiano, even after killing himself out of frustration with and hatred for the production, would have wanted them to “cut (him) up,” because “he loved this movie…” I might be incorrect here, but other than the obvious Troma influence, I also felt a little bit of the Low Budget Pictures spirit in this film; this is probably from the use of dildos as jokes and the monkey with crazy hair and a sport coat on. However, this monkey is no Teen Ape.
While there are a few redeeming elements within Goreinvasión, overall I felt that the film was a pointless, plot less juxtaposition of cheap gore and self-depreciating parody (which really didn’t feel like there was much actual parody involved!) While the film was not so bad that I would automatically dismiss any other Germán Magariños films, I know I wouldn’t give him a third chance unless the next Gorevision film I see is leaps and bounds above this one. But again, maybe I just don’t get it because I’m an American that knows little about the culture of Argentina. I don’t think that’s the problem, but maybe.
Overall 3 / 10
Goreinvasión on the imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0430149/
Goreinvasión for sale: http://www.gorevision.com.ar/
Goreinvasión official site: http://www.goreinvasion.tk/