Ballad In Blood (2016)

On the day after Halloween — and a debaucherous party that takes up the beginning of this movie — Duke (Edward Williams), Jacopo (Gabriele Rossi) and Lenka (Carlotta Morelli) all wake up to not only a hangover, but the dead body of Elizabeth (Noemi Smorra) who has videotaped everything.

This description may have you saying, “Oh, maybe I’ll see that someday.”

But what if I told you the Ruggero Deodato — yes, the same man who made Cannibal HolocaustAtlantis InterceptorsHouse on the Edge of the ParkCut and RunDial: Help and Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man — made it?

I’ll bet you’re interested now.

The first movie Deodato directed in 23 years, this was inspired by the Meredith Kercher murder. On November 1, 2007, the British exchange student was assaulted and killed in an apartment with her boyfriend, her roommate and a burglar all unable to explain exactly what happened. And by inspired, I can report that Deodato read about this sensation case that was in the media and said, “I can go nuts on this one.”

It’s like he packed this movie with drugs, nudity, orgy scenes, more drugs, toilet usage, violent sex, torture, murder, more sex, some more nudity and a little more drugs, too. It’s like he’d been freaking out directing for TV and wanted the world to know that he was, after all, Mr. Cannibal still.

A character even listens to the song “Sweetly” from House on the Edge of the Park and Deodato shows up only to get carried out on a cart. So there’s that.

But if you’re the kind of person who dislikes movies where there’s nobody to root for, where everyone is a horrible person and…wait a second, if you feel that way, why would you even watch a Ruggero Deodato movie in the first place? Know what you’re getting into.

While this may not be his best work, it’s still nice to see a somewhat more recent movie — Deodato also made a segment in 2019’s Deathcember — from an old friend.

This is one of Severin’s Black Friday titles, but until then, you can watch it on Tubi.

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