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Deathgasm: "The dildo massacre scene seems to get everyone excited!"

Eye-popping carnage and metal collide in deranged new horror flick.

Considering the obvious and strong connection between metal and horror, it seems bizarre that there just aren’t many good films out there that mix the two.

So thank Satan for none-more-metal comedy horror splatter-fest Deathgasm, which is taking film festivals around the world by storm. We spoke with New Zealand writer/director Jason Lei Howden as his bloody cinematic crusade gains momentum.

How was it growing up as a metal fan in New Zealand? 

Jason Lei Howden: “In Deathgasm, the way that people react to lead character Brodie being a metalhead seems a fairly typical one. In New Zealand, if you are young and look a bit different, a metalhead or a punk for example, you are often ostracised and sometimes beaten. I grew up in a tiny forestry town called Greymouth. There were a few bars, but no live music scene, and especially not metal.” 

So how did you get into metal? 

“I was about 13 years old when a classmate handed me a tape of Cannibal Corpse’s Tomb Of The Mutilated, and it just blew my mind – it was like someone had taken a tape recorder down to the depths of Hell and recorded Satan dry-retching!”

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