Monday, 3 September 2012

Review: Bordello Death Tales (2009)

First I´d like to thank James Eaves for providing me with a DVD-screener.
An anthology film set in a brothel, Bordello Death Tales incorporates three shorts by young horror directors, linked by a sinister venue: Madame Raven's bordello. The bloodletting begins in James Eaves' The Ripper featuring a mild-mannered psychopath. The second story, Stitch Girl, is Al Ronald's homage to Bride of Frankenstein.  The final short is Pat Higgins' Vice Day showing how a politician has developed a way of keeping his private life away from the prying eyes of journalists. The three directors share a love of old-school portmanteau horror like the Amicus films (Tales From The Crypt). Bordello Death Tales is written and directed by James Eavers, Pat Higgins and Alan Ronald. The first story, The Ripper, is written by James Eaves. The acting is uneven but Stuart Gregory as Graham aka The Ripper is pretty good. The camerawork and editing is pretty good. 
The second story, Stitch Girl, written and directed by Alan Ronald has a cool concept but it´s very talky and boring, the fx are very bad and cheap. And it features a musical that is something of a what the fuck moment. The acting, camerawork and editing is decent.
The third story, Vice Day, written and directed by Pat Higgins has a really nice concept. The acting, camerawork and editing is decent. There are a couple of really nice moments in the third story but I think some viewers might find it a bit talky.
There is gore but most of it looks really cheap and for the most part it consists splashes of blood so it´s not very graphic. The Demon make-up fx design is pretty bad, I think it´s a mask that they´ve bought at a novelty shop. In the T & A department the flick delivers in the third and last story as Danielle Laws provides plenty of topless nudity.
This review is based upon a DVD-screener provided by one of the directors.
Rating: 2 out of 7. I enjoyed parts of this anthology film.The Ripper, was the best of the three stories. The third story is pretty good while the second story has a interesting concept but fails to deliever.


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