Hey folks! Cobrak here with some Blu-Ray copies of Spare Parts to give away to three lucky gals and guys.
From the press release:
Directed by Andrew Thomas Hunt (Sweet Karma) and written by David Murdoch (“The KNTV Show”) and Svet Rouskov (“Darken: Before the Dark”), the film stars Julian Richings (Chaos Walking), Michelle Argyris (“General Hospital”), Emily Alatalo (Mother!), Kiriana Stanton (“The Expense”) and Chelsea Muirhead (“Slo Pitch”)
SPARE PARTS is set in a godforsaken bar in the middle of nowhere where an all-girl band – Ms. 45 – rips the stage apart with their punk spirit. But their performance impresses an enthusiastic fan who lures the girls into a trap, sedates them, and starts...customizing them. Slowly they begin to gain consciousness and, in total shock, realize their arms have all been replaced with axes and chainsaws to fight gladiator-style in a junkyard arena owned by a sadistic “emperor," forcing them into the battle of their lives with one prize in mind – their freedom.
This one is weird. In a good way. Mostly.
I love films about cults; the kind where they have a whole community under their influence and things usually go bad for protagonist in the last act. Midsommer, The Wicker Man, Rosemary's Baby, etc. I feel Spare Parts puts a fun twist on the subgenre.
Sure, there's some bad acting, the band in the film kinda sucks, and worst of all, when one character gets a chainsaw and she never says "groovy." But there's a lot of really good ideas that mostly hit the mark for me.
Julian Richings for one. The guy is skin-crawlingly creepy here. He plays the Emperor character like someone gave a cult to your greasy, antisocial uncle who's not allowed at Thanksgiving anymore for giving his nieces and nephews sips of cheap vodka when no one is looking, then hitting on them. Or at least he plays it like mine.
One of the more interesting parts of the film is a will-they-won't-they relationship between the leader's son, and one of the women from the band. It kept me guessing whether she was playing a long game, had Stockholm syndrome, or genuinely starting to enjoy herself and this mad situation she was in.
Kind of a tangent here, but one of my favorite unmade films to think about is the Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel; Beyond the Valley of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It was one of the first things I searched when I was a teenager and first got internet. The idea of pulling back the curtain on a whole town of insane cannibals intrigue the hell out of me then, and still does. I've always wondered what could have been. Spare Parts scratched that itch for me a little bit. A family leading a town sized cult of like minded psychos, making their victims participate in arena death matches is pretty much how I always envisioned the unmade sequel.
So, if you'd like to win a copy of Spare Parts, send me an email at HERE, with the subject Spare Parts, and tell me about a film you wish was made but never was. It can be an unproduced script, a sequel that never happened, a book that you wish they would turn into a film, whatever.