“Morgue Street” is directed and edited by Alberto Viavattene and based upon the story “The Murders in The Rue Morgue” by Edgar Allan Poe. I can only imagine the reaction of the ratings boards in Australia when they watched the movie and made the choice to ban it. My question is did they watch all 11 minutes or stop after the first 5.
Morgue Street takes the cake when it comes to being one of the most violent and disturbing movies I have seen in years. Morgue Street is an edgy, polished and extremely disturbing horror short that crosses just about every line you can imagine in its 11 minute running time.
Morgue Street was first brought to our attention when it was banned by the Australian Ratings board but what really caught my eye was that Brian Yuzna and Jack Ketchum were both praising the film. Jack Ketchum is a true master of horror so when he praises a film it catches my eye.
I am not going to spoil the short film for you all and this review frankly wont run on and on since its only an 11minute short but there are a few things to cover. As far as production values go Morgue Street is a well polished film with a very art house look and feel.
Italian horror films have always been well known for pushing the envelope when it comes to extreme violence and Morgue Street director Alberto Viavattene has definitely tapped into that rich genre history and takes it to new ridiculous ends. I am not sure if Alberto was inspired by Giallo films but when I watched Morgue Street I kept thinking about how much his visual style reminded me of all the Giallo classics.
When it comes to the level of sadism and perversion in this film Morgue Street makes French director Gasper Noe’s ‘Irreversible’ starring Monica Belluci look like a saturday morning cartoon. Morgue Street features extreme violence and hyper sexualization that is at a level I have never seen before.
Honestly Morgue Street is the definition of torture porn and some of the scenes are extremely inappropriate making it not my cup of tea. I would love to see all the critics who thought that Hostel went to far sit through Morgue Street.
I should however point out that unlike most ‘gore flicks’ which are done for no other reason then to shock the audience Alberto Viavattene has an actual talent behind the camera. So although Morgue Street is as shocking and disturbing as they come I can not dismiss it to quickly since the filmmakers have a true skill behind the camera unlike most of the garbage I see that falls into a similar vein of exploitation horror.
Do I think Morgue Street has an audience? I have no doubt people will watch. One thing is for certain the Australian ratings board were 100% correct in banning the film and their reason for banning the film describes its content quite well;
“its material that is considered to offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults”.
I think that Jack Ketchum also got it right when he called Morgue Street ‘impressive and perverse’. Despite the fact that Morgue Street is not an experience I want to repeat I expect with the advent of Video on Demand that Morgue Street could become the ‘faces of death’ or ‘cannibal holocaust’ for a new generation. Watch Morgue Street if you dare but I did warn you it is wild and vicious to say the least.