Amicus Mortis

Title: Amicus Mortis

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Year: 2007

Genre: Horror / Torture / Independant

Language: Dutch

Runtime: 22 min

Director: Mike Stoffels

Writer: Mike Stoffels


A man is tortured and gets his throat slit, and with a bullet to the head, the killer takes his own life soon after. Now we get to see in reversed chronological order what made the man do the grotesque actions against the other human being.

Our thoughts:
The movie starts off with a pretty cool intro, followed by scenes of gory torture. We see a throat being slit, a leg being sawn off with a chainsaw and a sweet scene where a tongue gets cut off.

The movie is edited together in reversed chronological order, like we have seen work really well in movies like Memento and Irréversible. The only reason that movies use this kind of editing, is so that the viewer is going to puzzle the whole thing together. It always starts off with a punch, because it needs to get us wondering what brought us to this. A nice concept, of course, but it's limited and I would like to see it being used in a different way, which Amicus Mortis sadly doesn't do. The movie handles the concept good enough to keep us interested though.

Amicus Mortis is very well made for what it is. I was very impressed by the camera work, and the special effects that we see in the beginning of the movie. The gore was done better than most movies of this kind, especially the scene where the tongue is cut off. Acting is also fairly good. It's not the best, but what can you expect? It's easy to watch small budget movies and really hate the actors, but they were good in this little flick. It's hard to look for negative things on this part of the movie, but I have one thing; Does it really sound like that when you hit someone with a pipe?

There are many reasons to watch this low budget effort, and I think any person interested in horror or filmmaking will enjoy it. The concept doesn't give us anything new, but it works. It's not a perfect movie, but I think that this team can make amazing things in the future.

Positive things:
- Well made gore.
- Tongue scene!
- Very good digital camera work.
Negative things:
- Doesn't bring anything new to the concept.
- The pipe sound. Sorry, I had to.
- All the gore is at the beginning.

Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2.5/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 0/5

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