So just what goes on in the mind of a bulimic stripper turned prostitute when she is down and out? Well the answers to that question and so much more are revealed in Slaughtered Vomit Dolls. Angela Aberdeen is the aforementioned prostitute that is constantly passing between her reality and her dreams. In these dreams we are introduced to the Slaughtered Vomit Dolls which are manifestations of the ongoing struggles in Angela’s mind. These dolls are executed throughout the film as Angela sinks further and further into darkness. Early on Angela makes a pact with the devil for her soul and from that point she begins her descent into these nightmares. Where will these hallucinogenic bouts take her and what will become of her fleeting existence?
Slaughtered Vomit Dolls is written and directed by Lucifer Valentine. While this may be his first film(at least that I have heard of), you wouldn’t know from watching it. Valentine captures the constant pushing and pulling going on in Angela’s mind. Scenes of coherent reality(mostly from her childhood) are immediately followed with chaotic terror that further creates the frenzied environment of the film. While most independent horror films are filled with wooden performances and cheesy effect shots, we get the polar opposite of that here. The performance from Ameara LaVey as Angela is impressive. She is able to create a character that is sympathetic and child-like one moment and then turns on a dime to being self destructive. Valentine clearly surrounded himself with actors that are willing to go the extra mile. The torture scenes involving the dolls are graphic and extremely intense. These guys and girls give balls out performances.
The style of the film takes over from the very start. The film appears to be shot with a digital camera that really gives it a documentary type feel. Its almost like watching Angela’s home movies throughout. The footage appears to be hand held and the camera is ever moving always making things feel unsettled. Various changes in lighting and color add to the style of the film. Flashbacks are shown through what looks to be very grainy old VHS tape footage. This gives the feeling that childhood and innocence are so far removed at this point in her life that it is a different world. It is in stark contrast to the clarity of the current day footage.
The film is edited at a frenetic pace that adds to the world of madness that Angela is clearly descending into. Flashy editing turns off a lot of people but it really works here. The editing plays into Angela’s deterioration. Smooth dissolves or a flowing style would have looked out of place for the feel here. There are several cuts that match up elements(such as eyes) that are quite impressive. The film does not follow a linear story but that doesn’t seem to matter.
The sound design is in overdrive just like the editing. The film is loud and in your face throughout. Voices are constantly distorted which further enhances the feeling of dementia. Layers of different sounds assault our ears from beginning to end.
Valentine has created a new genre that he calls vomit gore and I can’t say I’ve ever seen anything like it before. A lot of people will be turned off by the vomiting and it is definitely not for everyone. But it does fit into the film. The story centers around a bulimic so it makes sense that she would have nightmares that include intense vomiting. Make no mistake the vomiting in this film is real and extremely graphic.
The scenes with actor Hank Skinny really push things to the extreme. Skinny is one of the characters in the nightmare sequences that dispose of the dolls in various gruesome ways. I don’t want to reveal too much but we get to see such things as using a severed appendage to cause someone to vomit and also vomiting into an open skull.
Recently I’ve seen a couple of films(Chaos and Aftermath) that many consider to be some of the most disturbing stuff out there. I have to say Slaughtered Vomit Dolls is right there with them and I think it will be harder for most people to watch due to the vomiting aspect. The gore sequences are as intense as anything I have seen. Eyes are gouged, throats are slit, and that is just the beginning of things.
This film is a 71 minute assault on your senses. To say you require a strong stomach to watch this would be an understatement. This is destined to be one of the films you’ll be hearing about. Valentine and his crew have created a genre that is original which is something rare in horror these days. Whether the subject matter and content are your cup of tea this film is effective and as intense as it gets. For fans of hardcore horror this is what you’ve been waiting for.