Directed by Kit Ryan
Written by Anis Shlewet
Starring Vincent Regan, Kal Penn, Sam Robertson, and Geoff Bell
Running time 85 minutes
One of the things that is so great about what I get to do is the incredible opportunities its grants me as a life long fan of the genre, between the people I get to meet and chat with to the amazing community that embraces all the various zines, blogs, pod casts, vlogs and so on, to the unbelievably rich variety of films I get access to. Horror has so many sub genres, varying budgets and levels of independent status, the landscape has become as lush as a rain forest for all of us fans and as fantastic as that is it makes it easy for something that is really upstanding to get overlooked in the wide landscape of choices before us, so I am really excited to be able to tell you about Dementamania, a film that could easily slip in under the radar if you're not paying attention.
Dementamania is a slick lil' cerebral film from the other side of the pond, a nice meld of dark comedy, great gore effects and a pretty tightly written story that is thoughtful and anything but run of the mill, think Office Space meets American Psycho and you've got an idea of what your walking into with this one.
Edward Arkham isn't quite as "normal" as he appears to be. Hes in a bit of a rut, miserable in his job, tired of his mundane life he is ready for something to give, he just didn't expect that it would be his mind... Edwards dark imagination will take you on a bloody good ride as you watch his world and reality crumble.
So it turns out that I am a Kit Ryan fan, when I was first approached to take a look at this film I didn't realize who Kit was, I just saw a film that captured my attention and am always watching for foreign markets to be able to talk about here state side, and I really enjoy European horror, its got a strong history of entertaining the masses. Anyway once I finished watching, I was doing my normal back work and realized Kit Ryan is the director behind another film I really enjoyed "Botched" from 2007 (and I highly recommend you search this one down as well folks!) Once aware of that I could see similarities in style from film to film. I am already looking forward to what comes next! Kit Ryan knows what horror lovers like and offers it up in a way that is just skewed enough from the norm to make it really interesting and fresh but not so far so that it becomes unfamiliar.
Dementamania is filled with a stand out performances pretty much across the board, Kal Penn (Harold and Kumar) rounds out the cast nicely with his role as Business owner/Boss and although it isn't a huge stretch of character for him, he fit the bill so perfectly well with that biting well timed humor we've grown to love from him. Sam Robertson plays Edward Arkham with a vulnerability in madness that is quite engrossing, and when he breaks psychologically he turns himself fully over to the evil of the madness inside. I was very impressed with what he did with the character of Edward. I couldn't help but empathize, and pull for him through out his ordeal. His chums at work including Pablo played by Robert van Twillert added levity and propelled the back story, making it so damn relate able for anyone who has ever been a cubicle drone in the corporate hive.
I will admit the end was a little less than I had hoped for, but it did tie up the pieces well and the film itself offered enough twist and turns to keep you guessing more often that not. Visually this one is superb, with amazing gore moments that catch you by surprise and leave you feeling wet and dirty (c'mon now minds out of the gutter) maybe blood soaked was maybe a better way to say it! And emotionally its just fun as to watch Edward live out so many of our own dark office daydreams.
All in all Dementamania is a strong offering for horror fans, and more than worth your time. So pop some corn, grab your favorite film friend and settle in for a hell of a ride! For more info follow @Dementamania on twitter or keep up to date with the film on their official Facebook page facebook.com/DEMENTAMANIA