Death Drop Gorgeous (USA, 2021)

A serial killer targets gay men all connected to a local nightclub in this graphically violent LGBTQ slasher film.

After a failed relationship, Brandon has returned home to Providence and gets his old job back at a local drag club as a bartender. He also reunites with his flamboyant friend Brian, who is more than happy he has returned home. However, their lives are about to be turned upside down as well as the community of the club. A mysterious masked killer has been targeting gay men and offing them in various and gruesome ways before draining them of their blood.

As two detectives are on the hunt for the killer, Brandon still only looks for one thing and that’s acceptance. While he begins to feel something is completely off and the recent wave of murders begins to hurt the business, the body count continues to rise. When Brian is killed off, the killer finally is revealed, and they are making it clear as to why they are making these men the targets. With no one else to turn to, Brandon intends to finally put an end to the killing spree.

This is an insane film from the trio of Michael J. Ahern, Christopher Dalpe, and Brandon Perras-Sanchez that takes the classic 80’s slasher and meshes the various stereotypes of the LGBTQ community. The targets are random gay men who are offed in various fashions, with one death opening the film and the second death one that will haunt all men regardless of their orientation for a while. The film is more than a typical violent slasher film, but it’s a film about acceptance within the community.

Wayne Gonsalves does a great job as Brandon, a young man who has returned home and just wants to feel accepted to his co-workers and potentially find someone in the process. He gets rejected on numerous occasions for various reasons. However, he sees his work as a bartender as a means of just getting his issues out of his mind. That is, until the killer begins to strike and there is that worry, but still works to get over his issues. Co-writer/director Christopher Dalpe brings a lot of the flamboyance as Brian, Brandon’s BFF, and provides a lot of the comic relief. Matter of fact, there is a lot of tongue in cheek humor throughout the film.

The death scenes will without a doubt please gorehounds who love the practical effects of today’s horror films. The killer dispatches in many ways, but the second victim’s death will definitely make men of any orientation to cringe and will never look at a meat grinder the same way ever again. There are even a few disembowelments that will make fans go wild, even if one looks completely predictable. What is interesting is that the killer’s intention isn’t only just revenge but something similar to the theme of the film. The climatic battle features some pretty nice stuntwork which helps drives the madness of the film.

Death Drop Gorgeous is a great horror film that meshes classic slashers, tongue in cheek humor, and the world of the LGBTQ community from all angles. Any horror film should check this out, but that “meat grinder” death is the most cringeworthy one of them all. Plus, look out for the iconic Linnea Quigley as a cab driver in this one.

In addition, the assistant editors on this film are the duo who directed the 2020 documentary Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street.

WFG RATING: A

Dark Star Pictures presents a Monster Makeup production in association with Eye Audio Productions. Directors: Michael J. Ahern, Christopher Dalpe, and Brandon Perras-Sanchez. Producers: Michael J. Ahern, Christopher Dalpe, Wayne Gonsalves, Ryan Miller, and Brandon Perras-Sanchez. Writers: Michael J. Ahern, Christopher Dalpe, and Brandon Perras-Sanchez. Cinemtography: Brandon Perras-Sanchez. Editing: Brandon Perras-Sanchez and Ryan Miller.

Cast: Wayne Gonsalves, Michael “Payton St. James” McAdam, Brandon Perras-Sanchez, Christopher Dalpe, Johnny “Ninny Nothin” Sederquist, Matthew Pidge, Michael J. Ahern, Sean Murphy, Matthew “Complete Destruction” Cicero, Brandon Perras-Sanchez, Linnea Quigley, Michael Murphy, Paul “Neoki Feytal” Bohn, Anthony “Jacqueline DiMera” DeRose.

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