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EX DRUMMER

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  100 minutes, trailers, featurette, music videos

VIDEO:  1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  Dutch/ Flemish 2.0, 5.1 Dolby Digital, 5.1 DTS

Subtitles:  English

 

STUDIO:  CCCP/ Wide/ Palisades Tartan Extreme

RELEASE DATE:  4-20-2010

EX DRUMMER is an extreme cocktail of sex and violence.  A group of screw-up small time musicians decide to recruit a famous author Dries (Dries Vanhegen) who decides to join them as their drummer for one performance.  Dries gets sucked into their loser lives to write his next book.   Writer/ Director Ken Mortier is the stylistic force behind this adaptation of the novel by Herman Brusselmans.   EX DRUMMER is full of bunch of disgusting characters and the ones who are the most normal is the writer and his wife Lio (but even they practice a little in alternative lifestyle when they sleep with another woman).   Dries decides to have the band called The Feminists and he gives hardcore crap like the rest of the band including the lead singer who used to beat up women, the deaf guitarist, and the bass player who has a limp arm (and is gay).  

 

EX DRUMMER is an extreme punk rock film that seers itself into your soul with things you may never want to see again like the reason why the signer of another band is called Big Dick.   The film is ultimately about a bunch of handicapped losers that Dries will manipulate to get the book he wants to write.    Dries lets himself be a little evil knowing that he can return to his own life at any time, but maybe his sociopathic attitude makes him even more evil than the band he manipulates.  EX DRUMMER is certainly a nihilistic punk rock film showing a culture of punk rock wannabe stars who just let their no morals attitude and their screwed up lives destroy their own lives.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Two trailers are on the disc (a regular trailer and an uncut trailer) in addition to three music videos for punk rock acts seen in the film (The Feminists, Overdue Hykers, Flip Kowlier).   THE MAKING OF EX DRUMMER talks about the struggles the film went through to get made (not having enough money) and doing it with a bit of humor.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  If you want your films less disturbing and show the ugly side of people, you should skip EX DRUMMER.  If you can stomach extreme films like this, EX DRUMMER is your type of film.

 

This DVD review is (c)4-21-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com