I’ve been getting kind of lucky when it comes to the “new” things I’ve been renting… DUST UP is all kinds of wonderful! When I started watching this the other day, I immediately thought of our friend CINEMA SCHMINEMA as we have a mutual love for many things like RUBBER and BLOOD CAR. Not only does this evoke memories of those two movies but this also had a chick in there who made me think “where have I seen this person before??” Looking her up and seeing she was in Buffy – I though – OMG C.S. will LOVE this and sent a reco her way. This is definitely not for anyone sensitive to anything (Mary) but this was right up my alley! This is still pretty new so there’s not many pictures on the web to go out and heinously lift, so let’s go with a little bit of this and see what happens. THANK YOU MISTY for teaming up with me for this fun, fun, fun double take!!!
I can easily get duped into a movie based on a wicked awesome movie poster which this has. CHECK. Here’s the official synopsis blurb on IMDB: “A one-eyed vigilante with a dark past has vowed to change his ways, trading his machine gun for a yoga mat. But when he encounters a beautiful young mother in deep trouble with a cannibalistic drug lord and his evil goons, he realizes that justice must be served. Teamed up with his smooth-talking Native American hipster sidekick, our hero rides into the bad ass brawl of the century.” CHECK! RENT!
I don’t know if the filmmakers want this to be classified as one of those new-style grindhouse movies being put out these days, but that’s how I interpreted it (because I love me some grindhouse, new or old). If you’re still with me after the first two paragraphs and that last sentence, this is what you can expect as you sneak your flask of Scotch into the theater: cannibalism, more drugs than that rave you never went to, a full on – um – er – male facial, a lizard man, a dart in an ear, a scalping, a beheading, general grossness (excellent practical effects BTW), some – er – um – handies, some pants pooping, some fuckin’, a dog eating a guy and they even throw in a couple of boobs. Sound good??? It is : )
The purpose of this place is to protect you from That Which Is Bad (LIL PEE PEE – if you had checked my site you could have saved five bucks last week!!!!) and set your expectations for things you might be wondering about. This isn’t going to be for everyone but I thought it was wicked fun. And it wasn’t just the Scotch talking. J/K. Let me end by asking you this:
ARE YOU TOO COOL FOR CANNIBALISM?????????
HA – see ya – FOUR BIG TIME SWEAT BANDS WITH FEATHERS IN THEM!!
Oh yeah – don’t do meth kids, it’s bad for you!!!
~ NOW!! ~
I watched this little flick upon the recommendation of our friend, Eric, over at theipc and I must say that I love this film in the same way I love Machete, which is to say TONS.
Our story starts with a one-eyed man with a dark past who has given up his killing ways, trading it all in for a life in the desert with a yoga mat and a friend who dresses, acts and (mostly) lives like a Native American (although I’m fairly certain he is not, in fact, Native American at all). They meet and talk about their hectic lifestyles (One-Eye has to walk home and take a shower, Native American has some cave paintings to do) and this seems to be their lives – living the dream, peeps, living the dream.
But all is suddenly disrupted when a young woman (Amber Benson, Tara from Buffy) calls One-Eye up for some help with her plumbing (her actual house’s plumbing, not like that, get your mind out of the gutter!) cause apparently One-Eye is also a handyman. Now Miss Young Woman is home all alone with a baby and a broken down house because her hubby has disappeared and hasn’t been home in days.
That’s because Hubby is a crack head (meth head…are those interchangeable terms?) who is in deep trouble with a man who can best be described as a cross between U.S. President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho from Idiocracy and The Drake from Hobo with a Shotgun. Also Drake Dwayne Cannibal Drug Lord has a henchman named The Lizard, who may or may not actually BE part lizard. Honestly I couldn’t tell what the deal was there. Either he’s one of the X-men or he’s had some extreme body modification done.
Our group of characters collides when One Eye goes to help Young Woman, only to realize he has previously met Hubby, who is being chased by Drake Dwayne Cannibal Drug Lord and the next thing you know there’s kidnapping and all sorts of shenanigans going on. I’m talking every kind of sex you can imagine, babynapping, dogs chewing on intestines, cannibalism, balls to the wall fight scenes with darts and scalpings. Once the action starts, it never slows down. And the best part? With the exception of Drake Dwayne Cannibal Drug Lord everyone is completely monotone – “I’m all for an ear drum for an ear drum but is your finger clean? I don’t want to get an infection,” says Native American as if he’s discussing whether it’s raining or sunny outside. It’s a nice contrast to the insanity going on everywhere else.
This is definitely a take on 70s grindhouse and exploitation although not fully in that category and it borrows from a wide variety of movies. I won’t be able to list them all, I’m sure, but there are nods and references to: Hobo with a Shotgun, Return of the Jedi, Doomsday, Idiocracy and so much more. Dust Up is another Technicolor garish ride through a world of poverty, cannibalism, murder and drugs and it’s for sure one helluva ride.
THANKS AGAIN CINEMA SCHMINEMA!!! This was nothing but good fun right here!! I don’t think I can say good “clean” fun based on the content but wicked fun nonetheless!!