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Venus Flytrap (1987/Massacre Video DVD)

Picture: C Sound: B- Extras: B- Film: C+

Life's a drag!!

Venus Flytrap is a 1987 film that was shot on analog video (and available here for the first time on DVD) but has a lot of charm and a pretty solid story to be honest. Three street punks--Turk, his girlfriend BB., and his sidekick Wimp--observe two young affluent kids, Ginger and Danny, shoplifting from a record store after they have ambushed the store manager and stolen his money and his gun.

On a lark, the street kids invite themselves along to a party at the home of the yuppies' friends, Rod and Arlene. There, the party games turn from strip darts to Russian roulette as it becomes increasingly obvious that the yuppies are playing with the street kids' emotions. Eventually the three street kids are all brutally murdered by the yuppies, who had purposely lured them in for exactly that purpose. The yuppies then prepare for their next kill...

This doesn't have the greatest acting or dialogue but its pretty damn charming in its own right. It has plenty of nudity and violence and the soundtrack is cheesy-excellent in its electronic '80s type of way. One scene where the group passes around a pistol with one bullet in the chamber and pull the trigger at one another is pretty unnerving and effective. Once the table turns and the Yuppies start killing off the street punks, things get a little more interesting as it cross cuts from kill to kill. There are also scenes that cut to the Wimp that is observing the whole thing through cameras that are set up around the house.

The ending sequence is pretty well put together and pretty ironic for Turk - who is the biggest a@#hole throughout the whole movie, and its nice to see him get his. It almost reminded me of Last House On The Left. The theme is if you are going rob someone's house and take advantage of them but you better say sure you know you are taking advantage of!

The transfer on the film isn't the best, but it's not really supposed to be. In standard definition with a 4:3/1.33 X 1 aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 track, it looks like a slight upgrade over the VHS version... and I wouldn't want it any other way. This is part of a cycle of DVD releases of video-shot horror of the time now going on VHS and even Beta videocassettes for $100+ and up.

Extras include a Video Interview and Commentary with Producer Kevin M. Glover and Actor Steve Malis, Liner Notes by Kevin M. Glover, and Trailers.

The running time is pretty short with a little over an hour, but if you like underground or cult type movies then this may be one for you to check out!

- James Harland Lockhart V



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