August Underground’s Mordum – 2003

August Underground's Mordum

As with the first part in this trilogy August Underground, the plot in August Underground’s Mordum is very shallow and concerns a couple of individuals’ killing- and rape spree. They stop at nothing to for fill their sexual desires including masturbating with a chopped-off penis and raping a dead child! One would think that these things would be shocking beyond belief but that’s not entirely the case. Of course, it’s disturbing but the whole movie is so hard to watch due to shaky handheld cameras anyway so when we come to the most disturbing part we’re already so tired of watching that we don’t have the energy to get revolted anyway.

Staying Awake

Frankly, I had a difficult time staying awake and all the other times I’ve tried to watch it I had the same problem! It’s not disturbing in the right manner, that’s for sure! If it were to shock me and make me feel sick (as I think the intention is) I wouldn’t have any problems keeping myself awake but this is just SO boring!

Comparing it to the first movie I would say that August Underground’s Mordum is more extreme. But what’s the use if it doesn’t shock you? It’s hard seeing what’s happening and I doubt that a Blu-ray edition would make anything any clearer. The whole point is to create an illusion of a crappy handheld camera and that illusion works great! That makes the picture quality one of the main problems and part of the reason why it’s so boring to watch.

Excellent Makeup

From what I can work out the make-up effects are excellent though! That’s one of the better aspects of the movie. They were great in the first one and they are equally realistic here! So are the acting as well! The feeling of realism is the one true asset of the film and it’s nice to see such a low-budget movie without crappy camera angles and lousy acting non-realistic acting. How many times haven’t you seen great plots getting ruined by actors who couldn’t deliver a line if their life depended on it?

The bottom line is not very positive though. There are far more negative things to say than positive and the fact that I can’t stay awake for the 77 minutes speaks for itself. I don’t like this at all but I hope that the final part of the trilogy can make up for this!

August Underground’s Mordum

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Tommy Snöberg Söderberg

Autodidact film scholar and music-loving thinker who reads the occasional book.

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