Friday, November 25, 2011

Jessicka Rabid (2011, Matthew Reel)

Coming December 13th from Troma is a disturbing little horror film called Jessicka Rabid.  Unlike anything I've ever seen before, this is a rough film and definitely not your typical goofy Troma film.  It seems lately Troma has been picking up more outside low budget films as opposed to self made films (for better or worse) and in this case I'd say the risk paid off.

Jessicka Rabid is about a family of sadistic low lives who keep a girl as their pet.  This girl, Jessicka, has been abused and mistreated so long that she thinks she is a dog.  She is abused by the family and any visitors that come to their house seem to know her and abuse her too.  Jessicka finally gets loose and goes on a killing spree against those that imprisoned her.

Jessicka Rabid is a disturbing little film that goes beyond your average horror title.  Not overly gory but unbelievably brutal and sick.  You can't help but feeling bad for Jessicka and all of the abuse that she goes through.  A very dark film with some of the most revolting characters you'll ever see, this one is not for the faint of heart.  Director Matthew Reel uses a fuzzy, hand held camera to film all of the brutality, giving it a news reel like quality, a la Last House on the Left.  Whether this film style is due to budget or not, it works incredibly well, making the horrific story that much more real.  Some of the acting is noticeably amateurish but almost in a good way because it really seems like these people aren't acting, but just living out another day in their twisted world.

RATING:  8/10

Pre-Order Jessicka Rabid directly from Troma HERE

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