Monday, September 13, 2021

Death Drop Gorgeous (2020)

Movie Name/Year: Death Drop Gorgeous (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Length: 104 minutes
Rating: Unrated
Director: Michael J. Ahern, Christopher Dalpe, Brandon Perras
Writer: Michael J. Ahern, Christopher Dalpe, Brandon Perras
Actors: Wayne Gonsalves, Payton St James, Michael McAdam, Brandon Perras-Sanchez, Chris Dalpe, Ninny Nothin, Johnny Sederquist, Matthew Pidge, Michael J. Ahern, Sean Murphy, Complete Destruction, Matthew Cicero
Blurb from IMDb: A dejected bartender and an aging drag queen try to survive the eccentric and hostile nightlife of a corrupt city, as a masked maniac slaughters young gay men and drains them of blood.

Selina’s Point of View:
Death Drop Gorgeous was every bit as campy and over-the-top as one would expect from a drag horror.
The start of it didn’t give off a great impression, though. Immediately it reminded me of Psychotic! (2016), which was one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. The comparison didn’t last throughout the runtime. It did, however, put me into more of a guarded state of mind.
When I got past the home-spun, off-acted, aspects of Death Drop Gorgeous, I did see some merit.
The actual plot was pretty decent. That leads me to believe that a higher budget could have elevated the whole thing past watchable and into ‘good’ territory. The writing needed a boost, as well – but a lot of the quips and one-liners made even that feel somewhat acceptable.
The writers were clearly well-versed in the insane talent of drag queen burns. A few of the lines were so good that I absolutely intend to work them into my own life.

Among the difficult to sit through scenes, were a few diamonds. For instance, the main antagonist (not naming names, so as not to spoil), had one scene where they stood alone and played out a kind of psychotic break. I’ve seen A-list movies that didn’t freak me out that much. I would love to credit the actor, but some of the characters are played by two different people and I’m not sure which was on screen at that time.
That said, I can’t say Death Drop Gorgeous is the kind of movie I would recommend. It could have a ‘so bad it’s good’ quality for a few people, but it really wasn’t for me.
If you’re interested in it, this is still not the kind of flick I’d suggest watching alone. Gather a group of open-minded, good-humored, friends to screen it for.
Just keep in mind, it’s definitely not for everybody and a lot more brutal than you might expect.

Cat’s Point of View:
I had a bit of a struggle to put my feelings into coherent words (that didn’t contain strings of expletives). The credits for Death Drop Gorgeous rolled and I was painfully aware that roughly an hour and forty-five minutes of my life had irreversibly elapsed.
There were some positives, so I’ll start there.
Death Drop Gorgeous certainly put a new spin on the slasher genre. The practical effects here were fairly on point, though there was room for improvement. If you’re looking for some splatter with a side of sass, and some catastrophe to go with cattiness; this might be the movie for you. All that and a bag of chips – plus extra. That is definitely a good word to describe Death Drop Gorgeous. Extra.

That being said, this just wasn’t my cup of tea.
The execution, not to pun, of everything just left me feeling off and a little whiplashed. The acting was hit and miss, with far more misses than I’m comfortable with. There were a lot of awkward, cringeworthy moments. I felt like a ping pong ball bouncing from a great moment that had me laughing or wincing along with the characters to the next where I just wanted the nails on the chalkboard feeling to end.
This graphic story of sex, drugs, and lip-synching might have been underwhelming for me; but for someone else, Death Drop Gorgeous might just slay.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 67%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 40%
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 4.2/10
Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating2/5
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating2/5
Trust-the-Dice’s Parental Advisory Rating: R
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