The Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol Movie Review
Written and Directed by Aramis Sartorio
2012, 91 minutes, Not Rated
DVD released on March 27th, 2012
There is an almost magical point where some movies stop taking themselves seriously, accept budget restraints, embrace a bizarre script and just have fun. This is precisely what gave birth to the saying: "That movie is so bad it's good." It is also the case of Aramis Sartorio's The Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol, a film that fully grips its Troma-esque nature and takes advantage of it in gory, fun ways.
The Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol tells the story of a struggling actor who's abandoned by his wife and child. Living in the gloomy universe of constant porn, microwaved meals, depression and loneliness, Tommy falls asleep on the couch and dreams about the industry that also occupies his daydreams: the movies. In the three vignettes that follow, Tommy is first a nerd who replies to an ad looking for actors, then a crazed man who murders Arnold Schwarzenegger and finally a porn director in a movie where a spider bite leads to a horrible, pus-filled ending. By the time Tommy wakes up, a small accident involving a penis pump will make him, along with those watching the film, wish he could stay dreaming forever.
If you're looking for an unforgettable cinematic experience, look elsewhere. However, if you enjoy gore, bathroom humor and folks getting together with a camera and having a little nasty fun, look no further. Yes, the script is weak and tries too hard to make you laugh at times, the special effects betray the film's low budget and the lighting and camera work leave a lot to be desired, but that doesn't mean the movie is without some good elements. For starters, writer/director/star Aramis Sartorio tackles every character with such commendable energy that it seems to have had an effect on everyone else. Similarly, the audio is pretty solid and the onslaught of creepy, bubbling, animal-like, squishy, disgusting noises add a touch that brings an extra punch to the gory parts, especially those on the last dream, which has folks with ruined, slimy faces devouring food and much more.
While the movie is very bizarre and the humor leans toward the dark side, there are jokes in there that would've been a better fit in a bad improv show or a unfunny sketch show. When a movie is as bloody and disgusting as this, dropping the word fuck or having a girl trying to become a hero just so she can lick herself are elements that are really not needed. Also, budget restraints aside, some of the scenes would be much better with a bit of lighting and a steadier hand behind the camera. Those instances where the acting shines would be a lot better if presented along with camera work that did not look so amateurish.
Besides the acting, The Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol also delivers on one of its implied promises: it's certainly gruesome. There are gallons of fake blood, a woman getting killed with a cheese grater, a mangled penis, dirty needles, vomiting, tons of pus, chicken feet in a blender, a fake Schwarzenegger getting skinned and a man subsequently wearing the skin while he knocks people out, strange fluids getting sucked off from a toilet seat and much more.
The Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol is successful at not taking itself seriously and actually keeping you entertained for an hour and a half. If none of the things mentioned above are too much for you, give it try.
Video, Audio and Special Features:
Video, audio and special features will not be graded as this was a screener.
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