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Donkey Punch

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Punch drunk

Punch drunk

You name your film, and heavily feature in the plot, a dubious sex act, add lashings of drink and drugs and the old ultra-violence and of course you are hopefully going to get some free publicity by riling the writers and readers of the Daily Hate / Mail. Well the film makers of Donkey Punch achieved that, as this hilariously wrong-footed article by Amanda Platell (the small-minded, little-Englander’s crumpet) shows. But annoying the Mail doesn’t take much and it’s a pity that the film isn’t as nasty or freaky or edgy as it could have been, being – for a low budget horror film – rather middle of the road; Dead Calm with drugs. Really Ms Platell, it that actually is the ‘vilest film’ you have seen, you really ought to get out more.

Three working-class girls from up north are on holiday in Spain, partially to get over the recent breakup of one of them from their boyfriend. The fall in with a group of pretend wide-boy middle-class lads who are spending the summer being crew for a swanky boat. Taking the boat out for a bit of a party we get the drugs (cue cliché woozy floaty camera work and soundtrack – the director’s previous experience in music videos is all too obvious here) and then the sex (cue cliché raw camcorder footage of the explicit action – well fairly explicit, it’s not outright pornography) during which we have the eponymous act that poll-axes one of the girls. (If you don’t know what an donkey punch actually is, well, I’m sure the interwebs will help you out.)

The boys are all for covering the death up and heaving the girl’s body overboard – they’ve all got potential careers to protect after all. However soon they, and the girls, are all turning on each other with increased violence. This unfortunately is where the filmmakers really show their lack of experience and some of the badly edited ‘killings’ are literally laughable. The plot becomes a dubious miss-mash of unrealistic motivations of shallow characters and towards the end the acting slips more and more into over the top hysteria or just blank-faced ’shock’. Also it’s blindingly obvious – from the first frame, really – whole the sole survivor is going to be. Ms Platell take note, it follows the basic morality of a million slashers before it, in that if you booze/take drugs/have sex you are in for the chop but if you, mostly abstain, you’ll survive.

It probably all works better if you are on drugs.

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Written by Fearful Symmetry

July 12, 2009 at 12:30 pm

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