After a phone call, George's wife has to leave instantly on his birthday, leaving him all alone in his big house on a rainy night. But he's not alone for long; two beautiful girls knock on the door. They ask if they can borrow the phone to call for a friend to pick them up. As they wait for their friend to arrive, they both slowly become fascinated by George and his house of luxuries. George, who thinks he's just being a nice guy, has now got two horny women on his tail. They both get naked and seduce George, who at first says he can't do it because he has a wife. Morning after, they are still there. George tries to get rid of them, but it's harder than he thought. They tie him down, and George is now stuck in his own house with two cruel bitches who are more than happy to have a little fun with him.
What a breath of fresh air this movie was. Exploitation and sleaze films have the tendency to often be alot alike, the feel and atmosphere is often taken from the same place, the characters act the same, and so on. You know what I'm talking about! With "Death Game" something completely different was going on. This was a blind buy for me, and I can't really remember why I bought it. I think the fact that the "bad guys" were females seemed interesting to me. And it really was pretty interesting, especially with these two ladies!
It all starts with George (Seymour Cassel) and his wife Karen (Beth Brickell) being the happiest couple possible. This gives the movie a very upbeat feel from the start, and it's almost over-the-top-happy here. The director really wanted us to know that they are a happy couple, I think to make the following things feel really harsch. Karen and the family has to leave for the weekend, and this leaves poor George alone on his 40th birthday. Or does it? No, it doesn't. A while after they have left, someone is knocking on the door. As George opens, he finds two soaked girls who asks him if they can borrow his phone. The film has now gone from a family movie to a male fantasy, as both of these girls start to get attracted by George and his wealth. After one of the girls has been to the bathroom, she goes to get her friend, 'cause she wants to show her his amazing bathroom. When they've been gone for a while, George finds them naked in his hot tub. He's trying to resist the urges as these two naked girls walk towards him, but when they start rubbing up against him, a threesome breaks loose. The day after, George is surprised to see that they are still there. He gets even more surprised when he realizes that they refuse to leave. The refuse to the extent that they tie George up, and start with all kinds of crazy games and mindfucks.
It's a great plot that doesn't need to be any more complex than that, however, what caught me by surprise is that the film isn't very brutal. I'd rather call it cruel. They don't exactly torture George alot by hurting him, but rather they act like two completely out-of-control women and this is something that easily would tear on a man psychologically. However, they do kill a man in front of his eyes, so both us (the viewers) and George knows that they are capable of murder. What really made this movie special in the exploitation world is that it's always upbeat, and never really shocking or disturbing (but there is some weird stuff going on that COULD offend). The happy mood is set, like I said earlier, from the beginning. The movie is filled with happy music, especially the theme song ("Good Old Dad"), a song that is sung by a child, that we hear a couple of times throughout the movie. But it's not just the music and the happy beginning that makes this film upbeat. The girls are giggly, happy and totally insane, and for some reason this really worked for me.
I loved the use of colors in the movie, especially the green light that we frequently get. It gave this happy film a darker touch, and at times gave out a art house / film noir vibe. It clearly wouldn't have been as good of a movie if it wasn't for the cinematography and excellent lighting, because even though I enjoyed that it was a happy film, taking that away would've made it way too bright and.. well, normal.
If you're in it for the nudity, then you might not be satisfied. There are a few great scenes with these beautiful girls, but it's not as much as some people make it out to be. The threesome is done very tasteful and only shows some nudity. But I can still guarantee that you will get SOME. And the women really are pretty.. Even though they have weird make up on later on in the movie.
Personally I thought this was a fantastic movie. After I had seen it I was left in a great mood, unlike many other exploitation films that makes you wanna take a shower. In many cases this would be a bad genre film, but not in this case. The acting is decent, the babes are good looking, the lighting and camera work is great, the songs are upbeat, and the movie is fucking weird. The final scene was terrific, I won't spoil anything, but if you end up seeing it; I mean the dance/walking, not the absolute final second (which actually was pretty fun too). Go check it out if you haven't seen it. God bless this movie, I'm in love!