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What they say: Well-to-do home owners Richard and Victoria pose as religious do-gooders and lure homeless girls to their luxurious home. Apartment dwellers Claire and Pete invigorate their love life with a role-playing game with increasingly hazy boundaries. Jen and Frank, once prostitute and pimp, are now trying to make a go of things as an exclusive couple. Jen’s even in therapy with a psychiatrist, who is secretly working with her husband Frank. Each couple is in for a surprise. Richard and Victoria will have the tables turned on them by one of their lady victims; Claire will finally push Pete too far in their sexual game; and Jen and Frank can’t begin to imagine what their conspiring psychiatrist is up to. Little Deaths are little games that sometimes lead to the big one.
What I say: I like my horror films like I like my women; disturbing and mean as hell. Little Deaths meets both those criteria in quite the shocking package. When most people see sex and death mixed in a film they run for the hills. Why is this? Is it the contrast between the act of making life and taking life? I don’t know, but it certainly feeds into my dark impulses.
And I certainly love anthologies. Usually even if there is one weak segment, the others make up for it, but Little Deaths has nothing to worry about as all three stories contained with are riveting. Three horror film directors from England conspired to bring us this evil little jewel. And let me tell you, it is NOT for the weak. As I stated earlier it has quite the man streak and in all three stories there is never a happy ending. The best thing about this project is the completely different routes all three tales take.
The first short, House and Home, is about the rich preying on the homeless women in their area for some “fun” and the horrible consequences thereof. The second short; Mutant Tool (My personal favorite), is about the horrors of the big drug industry and how they abuse their test subjects. And finally we have Bitch, about a woman afraid of dogs and her boyfriend who dresses up as one. All three were equally twisted and equally enjoyable despite their radically different styles.
This truly is a fantastic film. A real hidden gem. Make sure you seek it out, the dark side of your soul will thank you.