Rock Out With Your Cock Out: Sweatshop (2009)

SWEATSHOP is a gem I stumbled upon when I ordered COLD SWEAT.  I like weird themes so I thought how about Sweaty Saturday Slaughter double feature?  Anyway my brain works like that.  That being sometimes, barely or ooohhh SHINY!  Anywhooo… I’ve always had an affection for rock and roll horror flicks.  Raves are a natural progression from the rock shows.  I didn’t realize that we’d get so much music with this one and it falls squarely into that category.

I had no idea what to expect from this flick.  I ordered it cold with a small bit of apprehension due to the look of the mask that was worn by the giant gork on the cover.  It was a bit like the Repo! The Genetic Opera mask and lets just say that is not a favorable connection for me.  The killer also had a giant fucking monstrosity of a hammer.  Eight foot tall gork + seven foot tall hammer = what?  A surprisingly good time.


Charlie (Ashley Kay) and her friends are setting up a rave (not sure if those still happen?) in an old and abandoned industrial building.  Not sure what kind of building, there were a lot of pipes, chains and metal in general.  I suspect it made some pretty good sparks when it was up and running though.  There is junk and dirt and grime all over this place.  I don’t know if the set designer put this together or not, but I would totally have believed it to have been a building found in such a state.  The dark corners and absence of light really work in the movie and do not distract.  It provides an apt setting.

This rave “enterprise” has sent an advance crew in to check the building out.  Also this building happens to be inhabited by a giant lumbering gork with a giant evil hammer and his harem of fucked up bitches.  I guess it isn’t too big a shock that the two scouts never heard from again…oh yeah except we get some early full frontal from a tattooed young hottie running for help from her attackers.  In a way I guess the help spared her from something more depraved.


As the rest of the crew rolls in they begin to booze it up as they set up.  The acting isn’t great by any stretch but it is not so bad that it is distracting.  Everyone seems to play to their character’s extreme whether it is angst, arrogance, anger, or apathy.  Wade (Brent Himes), the redneck, and Scottyboy (Peyton Wetzel), the mohawk sporting punk are brothers and add a good amount of comedy relief to an otherwise unrelenting and brutal film.


Did I mention the girls?  Oh my, this movie is wall to wall with chicks that look like suicide girls.  Lolli is fucking amazing and we get to see her dance in an extended scene that isn’t overly long.  I really enjoy that this flick let the music and dancing take time.  It works really well.  I mentioned the early full frontal.  We also get to see Lolli seduce farm boy Wade and she gets fucked in the kissing booth as a bit of revenge.  Flick scores high on slasher T & A scale.

The gore is phenomenal. It all seems to be practical gags with no CGI.  The blood flows freely and the body parts fly.  The hammer is insane.  People are torn apart and turned into piles of shapeless goo.  It’s relentless. The Beast (Jeremy Sumrall) as the gork is credited crushes and tears people apart with no mercy. There are plenty of kills and the ghoulish girls that accompany the beast provide some serious creepy moments.  I love that there is no explanation at all.  No whit about what or who he is, why he’s there…nothing. He’s a beast in his cave and that’s it.


Check this thing out.  This is an independent flick with some serious heart.  I would have put it under the Independent Spirit heading, but this thing is a true rock and roll spatter fest!  Its a must see. The ending is wide open and I would love to see a sequel.

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