In an isolated cabin in the Cuban jungle we have a highly dysfunctional family where sleaze is part of the everyday. When one night the father of the family dies, grandma' has a fit. A while later we have the family in two different houses, the grandmother can't get out of bed and lives with the retarded Dully. Meanwhile Dolores and her daughter Miranda live together and are protected from the old hag by Inocencio.
Where the hell do I start? I had no idea what "Ferozz" was but Preston brought it to my attention, and insisted I should ask for a screener instead of him. I don't know how much he knew about it, but it could've been a set-up! "Ferozz" is mentally retarded and deeply disturbed, that's for sure, so I guess it would be a good gag. But I suppse I know that's not the case, but for some reason I was very surprised by what this movie had to offer. Cuba hasn't produced a lot of horror films (I think this might be the second after "Juan of the Dead") so I had no clue what to expect in terms of quality, content or anything, really.
It's a Borowczykesque (the movie is dedicated to him, even) Cuban take on the Little Red Riding Hood tale. There's basicly a myth surrounding a beast, which I can't remember the name of, and I guess it's a werewolf of sorts. But to my surprise that's not the important part of the story. At all. Which is a shame really because I was getting prepared for a creature/animal horror film now. Anyway, let me get on with the story. It's about a dysfunctional family. After the father dies (from heart attack after raping the mother of the family during dinner), the mother Dolores and her daughter Miranda try to stay away from the crazy grandmother (her mother-in-law) as she's a downright cunt, so Inocencio is there to protect them. Inocencio is Miranda's uncle. Then there's Dully, a retarded guy who masturbates while watching girls taking baths in the lake - I want to say he's an uncle too, but I can't be arsed to remember. I just know that they are one weird family. And the movie is just about that family, there's not much more to it. To sum it up: Rape, murder, incest, beastiality, lots of skinny-dipping and rituals.
It's a pretty crazy movie, to be honest, with plenty of sleazy scenes and some things that made me feel uneasy. There are rape scenes while being covered in blood, some gore, plenty of nudity, close-ups of a penis pissing and.. actually, fuck the movie for one scene in particular that involved a tiny puppy and a naked girl. I didn't enjoy that one bit, and I'm sure people would agree. Luckily it was at an angle that made it hard to see what was going on. Let's just say it's not right! It's safe to say that the movie is filthy and sleazy, and breaks a few taboos. The scene I mentioned is one, but another thing is that Miranda is suppose to be a young girl in the film, and she's in a lot of the nude and sex scenes. Well, the actress looks pretty young too, her face especially, so that becomes pretty weird! Now, she's not underaged but it was very effective.
So, it's clear that this movie was working hard to be shocking. I say that a lot but you can't watch this movie and not feel like that's what it is doing. Is "Ferozz" a good movie? I don't know. I was so confused by the lack of light shed on the werewolf myth that I cried out some rude words when the movie ended where I thought it was finally gonna get interesting. The movie is intentionally silly and raunchy, and even has a man playing the role of the grandmother, so the shock factor never reaches a peak that a serious film would have. The main purpose of the movie is still to show a sleazy family do sleazy things, and something about rituals.
It's not a completely terrible movie, it's quite silly and fairly entertaining at times which makes it tolerable. Not exactly a good movie either, though. If you want to watch something silly, sleazy and so-so gory that is definitely not politically correct, then who am I to stop you?