If I say â€œNew Zealand Horrorâ€, what are the first things that pop into your head? If youâ€™re like me itâ€™s Peter Jacksonâ€™s â€œBad Tasteâ€ and â€œDead Aliveâ€; if youâ€™re like most other people, itâ€™s â€œNew Zealand has horror movies?â€ Well, sure they do. New Zealand may not have as big a share in the horror genre as some other countries, but they certainly do have their share and David Blyth has been a part of that genre since the early 1970â€™s.
Writer/Director David Blythâ€™s name has been synonymous with New Zealand horror since the late 1970â€™s/early 1980â€™s with his movies â€œAngel Mineâ€ and â€œDeath Warmed Overâ€. â€œAngel Mineâ€, while highly controversial, isnâ€™t really considered a horror flick, but â€œDeath Warmed Overâ€ cannot be taken for anything but horror and the same has to be said for his latest flick â€œWoundâ€.
â€œWoundâ€ is Davidâ€™s first horror film in a few years and I had the unique pleasure of viewing it today. I am going to attempt to sum up the movie without giving too much away; this should not be hard as I am still trying to piece together what I just finished watching.
The movie starts off by showcasing Blythâ€™s obvious love for gore with a quick murder and subsequent genital mutilation scene. After that, the bus takes a wide turn into Weirdville and while I didnâ€™t want to get off, I was wildly confused by what was going on.
The movie centers on Susan (brilliantly played by Kate Oâ€™Rourke) and her not-so-subtle slip into insanity. Susan is something of an introverted woman who seems to have endured a good deal of abuse in her past (and present) and is unsuccessfully trying to cope with the fact that her daughter, Tanya, whom she thought to be dead, is now making random appearances in her life. Susan and her (dead?) daughter both frequent an S&M club that appears to be run by a large tattooed man in a pig mask who likes to masturbate while everyone watches. Oh, and we donâ€™t want to forget that Susan is also in a slave-master type relationship with â€œJohnâ€ who shows up every now and again so he can tie her up and not allow her to use the bathroom.
Are you still with me? Good, because I think I even confused myself with that last paragraph. Listen; aside from the confusing storyline, odd camera angles (including switching to and from â€˜security camerasâ€™ for no apparent reason) and bizarre sound effects, I can say one thing with certainty: this movie will not bore you. You may be shocked, angered, scared, confused and countless other things, but you will not hit that stop button.
At the end of the day, this is Blythâ€™s style. If youâ€™ve seen any of his other movies, you will know what youâ€™re in for here. If you havenâ€™t, I hope that Iâ€™ve given you a little something to go by and that when you watch â€œWoundâ€, youâ€™ll stay on that bus with me; Weirdville isnâ€™t really that bad a place.