‘Visceral: Between the Ropes of Madness’ – Review
By Lynn Sorel
Rating: 4 out of 10
Synopsis: A boxer loses the biggest fight of his life. He slowly finds himself, giving up his dream and finds that life is not worth living. At least, those lives around him are not worthy of life. He steps through and unleashes an entity that torments him and guile’s him to do unspeakable acts of torture and murder. As body counts rise and lives are diminished, will he have any hope? Any way to fight back to what he once was?
Our Thoughts: ‘Visceral: Between the Ropes of Madness’ is a pretty straight forward torture porn film from Chile. It’s vile and evokes disgust with use of excessive gore and bondage torture. There is little in the way of talking or even story really. It follows a man’s decent into madness after his boxing career falls apart.
The atmosphere and tension are built effectively, but I found myself not wanting to see where it was leading. The gore was excellently executed for the most part and feels real, despite being over the top. There is no humor to offset the serious horrifying tone of the film, as slasher’s often benefit from. However, the film sets out to shock and repulse and you have to give it points for achieving it’s goal.
I enjoy torture porn if it has a good story, such as ‘Saw’. But this film doesn’t really have the story together. Much of it is a bondage demon torturing a guy into committing disgusting acts of violence. It’s not that it doesn’t have a story, but more so that I did not find it believable and the focus was clearly more on making the gore realistic. The acting itself was a stronger point, and Felipe Eluti is horrifying as the boxer.
While other gore fans may like ‘Visceral’ and probably should check it out, I did not find myself enjoying the film. Good art, of any kind, makes you feel, and while this film definitely does that, but not all horror fans will like the way they feel after watching it.