Deathgasm, A Heavy Metal Action/Adventure Movie Debuts At SXSW
In this hilarious and outrageous blood-soaked adventure, the members of a heavy metal band inadvertently open the gates to hell when they play a forbidden piece of sheet music.
The producers of Housebound and Starry Eyes bring you the most Metal action horror
film of all time—Deathgasm!
A heavy metal action/adventure movie, Deathgasm is full of horror, fun and – most importantly – metal. Screenwriter Jason Lei Howden based much of the script on his own love of the music and combined it with his obsession of horror films and twisted comedic spirit.
Deathgasm follows metal-thrashing Brodie, an outcast in a sea of jocks and cheerleaders until he meets a kindred spirit in fellow metalhead Zakk. After starting their own band, Brodie and Zakk’s resentment of the suburban wasteland leads them to a mysterious piece of sheet music said to grant Ultimate Power to whoever plays it. But the music also summons an ancient evil entity known as Aeloth The Blind One, who threatens to tear apart existence itself. Their classmates and family become inhabited by demonic forces, tearing out their own eyes and turning into psychotic murderers…and this is only the beginning! It’s up to Brodie, Zakk and their group of friends to stop a force of pure evil from devouring all of mankind.
“I got a lot of shit from bullies until another metalhead named Marcus started school and we became friends. Marcus was insane, good at fighting, and got all the chicks. He once seduced a girl by quoting Slayer lyrics, asking her how an angel fell so far south of heaven.”
— Jason Lei Howden, writer/director
“Honestly, the name Deathgasm came first, and then I worked my way backwards. It wasn’t even about metalheads until very late in the process. I wanted to make a splatter movie but when I added the heavy metal element it just all came together. Metalheads are always portrayed pretty negatively in film and TV, and my whole motivation is that it’s time we have our own kickass heroes.”
— Jason Lei Howden, writer/director
“I grew my hair down to my shoulders and wore weird clothes to make sure everyone knew I was weird. But I kind of enjoyed it. I didn’t have to fit in—the pressure was off. There was definitely that feeling of, other people are boring and aren’t into what I like, so why should I bother?”
— Milo Cawthorne, actor playing Brodie
At some point during shooting I must have become de-sensitized to it all as I barely blinked when I would walk in to a blood-splattered room with limbs lying everywhere. After being in a film like this, I think I can watch these movies through a different lens. It’s only made me want to be a part of more films of this nature.
— Kimberley Crossman, actor playing Medina
Deathgasm is making its world premiere at SXSW 2015:
World Premiere | Saturday, March 14, 11:45pm @ Alamo Ritz
Public Screening #2 | Sunday, March 15, 11:30pm @ Alamo Lamar A
Public Screening #3 | Friday, March 20, 9:30pm @ Alamo Ritz
Produced in association with the New Zealand Film Commission and MPI Media Group, the hilarious and outrageous Deathgasm features an amazing original soundtrack of metal and practical effects by Main Reactor (Evil Dead remake). Deathgasm will gush bodily fluids, rain limbs and tickle your funny bone, before tearing it out and giving you a stiff beating with it.
Songs included in the film are:
8 Foot Sativa – “8 Foot Sativa”
Axeslasher – “Mark of the Pizzagram”
Beastwars – “Realms”
Beastwars – “Damn the Sky”
Bulletbelt – “Black Banshee”
Bulletbelt – “Deathgasm”
Elm Street – “Metal is the Way”
Elm Street – “Heavy Metal Power”
Emperor – “Inno a Satana”
Emperor – “The Burning Shadows of Silence”
Goatesque – “Black Hymn”
Ihsahn – “Introspection”
Lair of the Minotaur – “Let’s Kill These Motherfuckers”
Midnight – “Evil Like A Knife”
Nunslaughter – “Into the Abyss”
Pathology – “Alone”
Razorwyre – “The Infinite”
Skull Fist – “Hour To Live”
Skull Fist – “Bad For Good”
The Wretched End – “Tyrant of the Mountain”