Evil Breed: the Legend of Samhain (2003) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
Some of the IMDB commenters and the genre-reviewing websites touted Evil Breed as a wild extravaganza of gore and T&A featuring a combination of actors and porn stars. It was utterly disappointing in that regard.
Let me take it point by point:
The gore is ultimately very impressive, but you have to wait a long time to see it. There is a gory scene before the credits, followed by about an hour of exposition before you see more. That's a long wait. After that point, however, it goes wild. At one point, the monster pulls a guy's insides out through his asshole. Jenna Jameson (with the help of her inanimate body double) gets torn apart and eaten. The coolest thing about the molded Jenna Jameson is that it includes a perfectly formed and fully exposed pussy! The Jenna death scene includes the funniest moment in the film. The cannibal monster rips her apart bit by bit and even thinks he has found a new body part to snack on - but he finds it unappealing - then we see that it is her breast implant!
Same deal as the gore. There is some nudity before the credits, then nothing for about an hour. There really isn't that much overall; much of it is done with molded stand-ins; the lighting is not good; and the DVD transfer is grainy. Chasey Lain and her mannequin show breasts, Jenna shows her breasts, Jenna's mannequin shows the full monty, Gillian Leigh is nude in a shower scene which is filmed in such a way that it avoids any worthwhile still images, and Taylor Hayes shows her breasts as a woman held captive by a monster.
It's a very routine slasher/cannibal horror film, with dialogue in the general self-referential mold of Scream. The characters watch horror films, discuss horror films, and talk about their own predicaments in terms of what horror film characters should or shouldn't do. The premise is the usual one: a bunch of students and their teacher are on an educational trip to Ireland, where they end up staying in a remote mansion within a spooky woods, and that forest is home to the unthinkable ...
Excluding the shocking pre-credits segment, the first hour of the film is just the usual set-up and foreshadowing, entirely predictable and not at all sensational. It will bore anyone from hard-gore aficionados to mainstream audiences. The only real strength of the film's first two-thirds is the ghoulish visual backdrop supplied by the twisted, gnarled trees of a swampy, isolated forest.
The denouement of the film, however, is creative, and is as grisly and over-the-top as advertised, and will satisfy the gorehounds among you. The monster cannibal race supposedly comes from an ancient Scots/Irish legend. It appears that legendary Irish monsters are pretty much like any other kind, except they take a break from their maniacal killing duties whenever Notre Dame is on.
The quality of the actual transfer does not come up to DVD snuff. I feel quite certain that the poor visual quality of the DVD is the fault of the DVD producers, not the director and DP. The image quality on the tiny director's cut trailer is actually better than on the DVD itself.
The extras section contains the best material. There is only one feature, but it's a good one. There is a beautiful photo gallery which includes alternate angles of movie scenes as well as many "behind the scenes" photos which demonstrate the best special effects. There is also plenty of nudity, and it is both clearer and more copious than the nudity portrayed in the film itself. (NOTE: This feature was on the Region 2 DVD. I have not seen the North American version.)
The film was saddled with problems from the outset. After the filming was completed, the problems got worse rather than better. The film was supposed to have been released for Halloween in October of 2002, then October of 2003 ... it finally came out in the U.K. for Halloween 2005. I think it is best to let the director cover these details, so his own words follow. I don't believe I have ever included a very long quotation from another site in one of my reviews, probably nothing more than a couple of punchy sentences, certainly not a citation longer than the review itself. I've made an exception. This statement by director Christian Viel, as posted on IMDb, is certainly worth quoting in its entirety, not just for what it says about this film, but also for what it illustrates about the perils of independent filmmaking in general. I think you will agree that it is worthwhile. Here is the director's own explanation for the disappointingly tame film which had been released on DVD:
1- This refers to William Mariani, the executive producer.
2- I couldn't find his entire script, but here is the ending.
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