“Bordello Death Tales” is a horror trilogy that brings together the talents of James Eaves, Pat Higgins and Alan Ronald. The stories offer up a trilogy of video nasties that are creative, stripped-down dark tales with witty endings. The trilogy forgoes the typical set up of horror host and uses a central point of terror to anchor the short films together. It works with this film when usually a lack of host to guide us through the nightmares is often greatly missed. “Bordello Death Tales” stars Eleanor James, Tina Barnes, Sam Dacombe, Harold Gasnier, Cy Henty, Julian Lamoral-Roberts, Natalie Milner and Danielle Laws.
“The Ripper” is a chilling and brutal story that brings a bit of sweet revenge to the sex worker gals who are so often preyed upon with brutality. It is sort of a ripper meets ripper kind of tale with a vicious killer of sex workers meeting a just reward in kind to his own brutality. A short film that is both organic, low budget and visceral. “The Ripper” offers a fun, entertaining blood soaked gorefest.
“Stitchgirl” is a campy, black & white piece that beckons Tim Burton to the truly dark side of cinema. Once more the story gives us a sinister madman feeding his delights from the selection of local prostitutes. Only this man’s revenge is a short lived tease of pleasure orchestrated by the madam herself. “Stitchgirl” is fun, creative, and truly artistic in it’s delivery. With a gothic avant-garde design this short film is well worth the price of this collection of death tales.
“Vice Day” is more video nasty that gothic art and brings us back full circle to the very video nasty nature of this trilogy. It is another visceral tale filled with blood, boobs and bad men. A political perv meets his end at the hands of a true fighter among the sex trade who is better at surviving than the politician. The story in “Vice Day” is a bit of a drag in the middle, more wordy and boisterous than the other two stories but it does bring the breasticles for the hetero gore fan. It also has just as much wit and just as dark of material as the other to stories in this collection. Even being weaker than the other two short films, “Vice Day” still holds it’s own with its dark nature and blood bath epitome.
“Bordello Death Tales” is a low budget trilogy but well managed, and directed brilliantly. It is a collection of clever video nasties that does not disappoint. I found the stories entertaining, the deaths graphic and gory, plus the witty endings offer a nice slice of justice. Actually “Bordello Death Tales” is kind of tasteful in the fact that it puts all the power in the hands of “whores” who are often tossed aside or relegated to the gutters of man’s dark nature. The film is well worth checking out for indie, and low-budget horror fans.