When it comes to exploitation cinema, Chad Ferrin is no stranger. Having made a career for himself out of some of the most twisted and bizarre films you’re ever likely to see, it gives me great pleasure to finally get to witness Ferrin’s debut feature, Unspeakable.
While the film has been around now since 1999/00, us folk over in the U.K. have been left forgotten if you will, unfortunately, Unspeakable has never made its way across the pond, that is until now. The wonderful guys over at Cine Du Monde will be unleashing this one as a special edition DVD this June 18th.
So let us begin, the film opens with an exclusive introduction from Chad Ferrin himself for us U.K. viewers, where he goes on to explain his first feature film and having to sell his home to even make the film in the first place.
After the brief introduction the film begins and we are greeted to a family who appears to be undergoing some sort of domestic argument while travelling in their family car. Soon the argument heats up and the drive turns into a massacre, Jim Fhelleps (Roger Cline) survives the brutal car wreck, sadly his daughter doesn’t, but his estranged wife does.
When I say his wife survives, I mean she isn’t dead, but she is in a vegetative state with horrific burns to her face. Fhelleps is then left to care for her, but due to his daughters death, he has the up-most hate for his wife and pretty much leaves her to live out her days in her own excrement.
While Fhelleps on the surface looks as if he is perfectly fine from the car wreck, deep inside holds some psychological issues which soon become apparent. During his days in trying to mourn the death of his daughter he has a chance sexual encounter with a hooker, this soon sparks something inside him and he envisions his wife and goes on a path of homicidal rage.
Here he brutally slams the hookers face into the glass table repeatedly until it finally breaks. While the corpse lays there in a pool of blood, the corpse soon speaks to Fhelleps in his daughters voice pleading him to save her from heaven.
This soon enrages his anger even more, and in his fit of rage he peruses more whores to feel the wrath of his pain, in doing this he believes that he can reach his daughter through the death of these hookers. While Fhelleps is out killing whores and leaving a trail of blood, his vegetative wife is left in the hands of Barry (Timothy Muskatell) who is on hand to aid his wife.
It soon becomes apparent that Barry is one sick individual indeed and prays on innocent people, much like Fhelleps’ wife. He uses her to fulfill his sexual and demented demands and doesn’t care how he does it.
We are also presented with a homosexual priest played by (Eddie SHea) who doesn’t really add anything to the story apart from beating boys with his crucifix, this isn’t the only time, but the film seems to drift off at parts and veers away from the main story and makes it a little confusing as to where we are.
I will say I loved spotting the inclusion of the poster for the original I Spit on Your Grave, so you can instantly recognize inspiration.
While the film is flawed, Roger Cline as Jim Fhelleps is the saving grace, as he manages to pull off the roll of this demented psycho without making it look silly and unbelievable.
As with all of Chad Ferrin’s films, this one will definitely not be for everyone and is aimed at that specific audience who is looking for some exploitation to fill that void. i liked the film, but as I said, it is flawed in many areas, but it is what it is.
The DVD itself is packed with special features including Chad Ferrin’s early short Blood Bath, which shows his early potential. We are also treated to some very insightful audio commentary from Chad Ferrin and actor Timothy Muskatell. So while the film isn’t excellent the special features definitely make this one something to keep your eyes on.