Director – Chris Woods (Chaos A.D., Amerikan Holokaust)
Starring – Eigh8t The Chosen One (Crackbaby Billionaire, American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore), Bob Glazier (Cannibal Claus, Die Die Delta Pi), and Cayt Feinics ($kumbagz, The Litch)
Release Date – 2018
Indie horror has seen some ups and downs over the last few years. I’ve reviewed hundreds of movies my short time here at Horror Society and few more hundred on my blog before I was recruited to the greatest horror site on Earth. I’ve seen some of the worst horror flicks imaginable (see Bloodbath in the House of Knives). I’ve also seen some amazing films. Some of those films were so great that they were able to ride the popularity into a sequel. A few years ago I reviewed Sean Donohue’s Death-Scort Service. This sleazy slasher was fantastic and one hell of a good time.
Not long after the release of this film Donohue announced a follow up to his indie hit. This time he dialed up the sleaze and carnage in Death-Scort Service Part II: The Naked Dead. Both films are well known among indie horror fans so it only made sense a third would be in the works. This time the follow up film was being handled by The Sleaze Box’s Chris Woods and would be loosely tied to the first two films. Chris was kind enough to send a review copy my way. Thanks Chris for keeping it sleazy!
**Spoiler Alert**The film follows a man that is down on his luck. He gets a hotel room for a night and hears a fight next door. He goes over to check it out and finds a man abusing a prostitute. He confronts him and finds himself on the business end of a gun. He is shot and the prostitute helps him to her car where he collapses. He wakes up in a brothel and is asked to stay on for security purposes. There is a madman strangling prostitutes around town and believe he may find his way to their doorstep. He agrees but soon finds himself in the middle of a police search for missing people, a murderer with a belt, and a coven of cannibals. **Spoiler Alert**
I love how a three film series has evolved from a straight forward slasher to the crazy shitstorm that is Taste Me. The first two films were raunchy slashers that threw just as much nudity as it did gore. However, Taste Me took that story and added even more insanity which is what I would expect from the man behind Chaos A.D.
The acting in this one ranges from decent to fantastic. The film mostly centers around Eigh8t The Chosen One, aka Frank Pickarelli, who does a great job. I’ve seen him in several horror films by this point and his acting skills has grown substantially. I had seen his YouTube videos years earlier and was afraid that his persona on YouTube would spill over on the screen. When you watch some of his earlier work you can see that charisma and personality take over his characters but Taste Me shows a more mature Pickarelli. He does a fantastic job and I can’t wait to see him in his next role.
We also see some returning faces that many fans of The Sleaze Box may recognize. Ashley Lynn Caputo, Bob Glazier, and Jow Makowksi once again deliver solid performances. I’ve seen these three appear in several films at this point and they always deliver a solid performance. I like that Cayt Feinics had a bigger role in this film than in her previous films. She did a great job but there was times when she was trying to be intimidating or menacing that it just didn’t feel right. These scenes were a little forced but far from bad. She was fantastic.
Now, with that being said, there was a few scenes with fresh faces that were inexperienced. They were confident and charismatic in front of the camera but they struggled finding their footing. Their inexperience showed but it is nothing a little practice can’t fix.
The story for this one was great. The first two captured that late 80s sleazy slasher feel that I grew up loving but this film built upon that and took us in a different direction with cannibalistic prostitutes. The story does have a few slow moments but the good far out weighs the bad. I liked the pacing, for the most part, and loved where the film took us.
Finally, this film is fucking gory. Like many of the films brought to us by The Sleaze Box and Gatorblade Films, this one has tons of blood and guts. The effects are gruesome but there is a few gags that didn’t work like they should. It doesn’t take away from the brutal death scenes but it does show the film’s budget. Overall, Taste Me: Death-Scort Service Part III is worthy of the Death-Scort title. The film is vicious, sexy, and fucking gruesome. If you want some filth with your horror check this one out!