Two serial killers films their days filled with raping and killing. One of them stays behind the camera, and the other one in front of it, and together they perform some of the nastiest acts of violence put on tape.
If you only watch one fake snuff film in your entire existence, let August Underground be the one. This movie starts out as any normal home video but transforms in just a minute into a disturbing snuff film, when we're brought down to the basement where a girl is tied, covered in her own shit and blood. The movie goes from nothing to chaos, and then back to nothing again as you see the killers go out and do everyday stuff between all the torture and killing, which is one of the things that makes this movie so shockingly realistic. It truely is exactly what you imagine a home video filmed by killers would look like.
As you might have understood, the movie doesn't have too much of a plot, but there is still alot more to it than you might see at first watch. The first time I saw this movie, I only looked for the brutality, and while I got alot of it, I still missed so many other things that I should've been looking for. This is a very thought out piece of cinema, and the violence is just a small part of it.
Fred Vogel plays the wacky killer that you see in front of the camera the entire film, and he does a better job than most Hollywood actors would, especially in a film like this. Both killers laugh and seem to be having fun while they degrade and kill, like it's just a game for them. The victims are also very good at what they do, especially the girl that you're first introduced to. Knowing how seriously the roles has to be played, I would've laughed my ass of trying to act scared and hurt, but maybe there was a certain atmosphere on set, with all the dirt, filth and porn around her while she's naked and tied? Either way, good job to every actor in this film, even Fred Vogel's grandma who makes an appearance as a victim did I good job.
You can't watch a movie made by Fred Vogel or Toetag Pictures without mentioning the special effects. This movie, unlike it's sequels (especially August Underground's Mordum) doesn't have that much in terms of gore, but the gore that we see is still some of the best effects around. Don't make the previous sentence keep you away though, because this movie, just like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, doesn't need gore to be brutal.
It's hard to make a somewhat short review of a movie like this, because so much can be said, but the most important things are dealt with. Many people consider this one of the most shocking films ever made, and I'm one of them. Some however doesn't like it at all, but maybe they expected a movie with plot? If you want gore, watch the first sequel, but if you want to watch something really realistic, watch this one. The sequel is, while still awesome, a little too over-the-top for me to believe it. Remember to watch it atleast twice for you to really see it all. Last words? Fred Vogel wanted to make a movie that really shows how brutal and dirty murders are, unlike Hollywood who makes them look all clean and cool, and I can really say that Vogel succeeded and should be sleeping good at night.