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Death Rattle LSD - Atkins Entertainment Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Mayo   
Wednesday, 02 November 2011
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Directed by: Ron Atkins
Written by: Ron Atkins
Produced by: Ron Atkins
Cinematography by: Ron Atkins
Editing by: Ron Atkins
Music by: Ron Atkins
Special Effects: Trip N. Leary
Cast: Lawrence Buchér, Ron Atkins, Paul Dalleluche, Mike Ritter, Rebecca Dalleluche, Stella Mckinney, Paul Kessin
Year: 2011
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 1 h 12 min

Studio: Atkins Entertainment

Lawrence Buchér ("Mutilation Mile ") plays a character of the same name in “Death Rattle LSD.”  The film begins with Buchér getting in a fight with his girlfriend on the phone over her wanting him to quit his job.  It turns out that the following day her wish comes true when he’s fired with his pay withheld.   Angry and freaking out on a continuous coke bender he finally gets a hold of his friend Ron Atkins (played by Director Ron Atkins, "The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell") to confide in him his situation.  The two imbibe in more blow and Buchér tells Atkins he wants to snuff out the guy who fired him and have Ron film it.  He wants to shoot a real snuff film under the guise of a pseudo-snuff movie, to get back at the ones who have wronged him.  Atkins, uncertain of Buchér’s willingness to commit to the crime, says he needs to make a few calls to get some equipment for their next “film” to make certain of his seriousness for what they are about to do.

When Mike Ritter, the sound guy, comes to Buchér’s apartment with microphones for their film, Atkins brains him over the head with a wrench.  Then, Buchér swiftly munches on the bloated gut of their fresh victim as the body convulses with trauma.

Next, the film cuts to a man at Buchér’s door claiming to be a Minister (Paul Dalleluche) at the first “Church of Sinners” who is there to save his soul.  Buchér reluctantly lets him in and listens to his spiel: “In this neighborhood you’re considered the biggest piece of shit there is.  You’re our kind of person.  You’re a total sinner.”  The Minister continues by stating he knows of all his wrongdoings and that the church doesn’t want him to change a thing.  The stipulation of being a member of the Church of Sinners is he can continue on his path of misconduct but merely needs to accept Jesus as his savoir.  If he does that, he can make it to heaven.  All of this for a nominal fee of ten percent of his income.  For even the Church of Sinners endorses tithing for “eternal salvation.”  Before the Minister leaves he sells him a bible for $99.95 declaring he’ll get his money back if he doesn’t go to heaven.

The charming Minister leaves and there is another knock at his door.  This time it’s the same man, but claims to be Buchér’s Landlord and that rent is overdue.  Confused, between him being the Minister and his Landlord, he follows him into another room and bashes him over the head with a hammer.  We then observe Buchér dismembering the body in a bathtub.  He showers, in another blood-soaked freak-out as he tries to remove the blood from his skin.

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In “Death Rattle LSD” Buchér’s main goal is to kidnap the wife of his former boss to torture and murder her.  Atkins’ goal is to document the ordeal, to later screen the licentious footage for the former boss as an ultimate act of retribution for fucking Buchér over.  Along the way of course, more bodies amass as is the case with initial victim, Mr. Ritter.  Rails will be executed as will their victims.

Throughout the film Buchér wakes up from crazy, frenzied situations so the viewer along with Buchér himself, can’t actually discern real life from drug-addled hallucinations.  As a slight circumvention from the abundance of cocaine use (the most I’ve ever witnessed consumed in any other film), Atkins shows up at Buchér’s at one point with a mysterious eye dropper bottle that Buchér wastes no time trying when Atkins is in the bathroom.  A few drops on his tongue and we’re off to the races!  If Buchér’s torment up to this point isn’t enough Atkins tells him, simply put “You took this, you’re fucked.”  After which Ron partakes himself.

There is a bunch of awesome surreal shit going on in this film.  “
Death Rattle LSD” takes Buchér and the viewer on a ride to Hell and back.  In one instance the Minister returns to collect his tithing and when Buchér only has a measly seven dollars, he forces Buchér to become possessed by Satan.  While possessed he fucks a girl with a crucifix.  In another scene of absolute horror Buchér vomits blood and at one point his face rots away.  When this happens he peels away the decomposed flesh and digs his fingers in his stomach and finds a key.  He then proceeds to haul out his own eyeball.

As affirmed above, there are so many great scenes within “
Death Rattle LSD” that it will bring you back for multiple viewings.  In another particularly awesome, albeit humorous scene we see Atkins and Buchér gobble down a gory meal, which Buchér thinks is some sort of teriyaki concoction but it turns out to be their first victim Mike Ritter.

Lawrence Buchér is phenomenal in “
Death Rattle LSD!”  He has always been enjoyable in other Atkins’ efforts, but hasn’t really had a central role (aside from “Mutilation Mile”), but this time around he really gets to show his acting talents.  Aside from Buchér’s standout performance, basically everyone pulls off a great job including Atkins and the Minister played by Paul Dalleluche.

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As with Ron Atkins’ films, viewers are always in for a unique viewing experience.  In addition to this film containing all the exploitative bits one could hope for, like torture, cannibalism, sadistic violence and self mutilation, there is also an excellent commentary on the ridiculousness of organized religion.  In addition, it has an interesting visual style.  Video effects as well as colors play a strong role in the film, with sequences containing hues of red and green.

With every subsequent Ron Atkins movie, it becomes progressively difficult to select a definitive favorite.  Before this, “Mutilation Mile” was quite possibly my favorite Ron Atkins experience.  Now, “
Death Rattle LSD” may very well be a new one.

Atkins Entertainment delivers “
Death Rattle LSD” on DVD and comes in a cool neon green case.  The release is presented in non-anamorphic widescreen but this can be amended by simply pressing the zoom button (or similar function) on your player's remote control.  The audio is presented Dolby Digital stereo 2.0.  This release, like "The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell" is light on extra material but does contain a trailer for the film.

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"Death Rattle LSD" DVD screenshot on Severed Cinema

"Death Rattle LSD" DVD screenshot on Severed Cinema

"Death Rattle LSD" DVD screenshot on Severed Cinema

"Death Rattle LSD" DVD screenshot on Severed Cinema

"Death Rattle LSD" DVD screenshot on Severed Cinema

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 DVD SPECS:
 Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (non-anamorphic)
 Region: NTSC R1
 Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0


 SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:
 - “Death Rattle LSD” trailer

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