"Without faces, we are free."
Headless... Headless... Headless. Man, if you know, you know. Readers of Soulless Cult know I'm a sucker for a wholesome gore-filled blood fest film; the more blood, guts and gore, the better. Since I was a kid growing up watching the A Nightmare on Elm Street series, I've always held a special place in my heart for kick-ass special effects and body horror scenes. So when someone suggested I check out the most gory movie they've ever seen, you know I had to jump at the opportunity, and that came in the form of Arthur Cullipher HEADLESS. The 2015 film has its basis inside of another film - Found - but totally works as a standalone gore fest, so you can jump into it without seeing Found and still more than appreciate the horror within. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Headless has to be one of the most awesomely fucked up horror films I've ever seen, and I mean that in the absolute best way possible. It's fucking brilliant in every aspect, and will literally grab you by the throat from the very beginning until the credits roll. I've been sucked into films plenty of times, but never on the level Headless pulled me in to. Headless is a breed of its own, and there's no film that even comes close to the true evil and wickedness that is contained in the movies 85 minute run time. Evil in its most pure form is explored throughout the film, and it's accompanied by some of the best special effects, slaughter scenes and overall terrorizing horror elements I've ever seen: Headless has spearheaded itself to one of my top horror movies of all time. But this movie definitely isn't for everyone... so don't say I didn't warn you.
Like I said, Headless explores pure evil, and it does so in the form of physical and mental abuse of a child (who becomes our main character, known only as The Killer), murder, rape, incest, cannibalism and even necrophilia. Headless spares noone and makes sure it fully exploits all of these themes, and it's done so well. To put it simply, "The Killer" is tortured as a child by his mother and sister, who blame him for his father leaving the family when they were children. The mothers response was to lock him in a cage, verbally and physically abuse him, and basically treat him like he is subhuman. They feed him the head of a rabbit, the sister pisses on him, and they forbid him from leaving the cage... until he snaps and begins his murdering spree, which is followed by the cannibalism and fetishism. Headless follows his story as he grows older and hunts down victims who he kills, beheads, and then fucks the heads of the victims before tossing them by the wayside. And this is only the beginning for The Killer as he continues to descend deeper into madness and sexual perversion. His wicked past creeps up and haunts him, leading him deeper into the chaotic abyss he was essentially born into.
Matt Keeley portrays The Killer in the film, and even though he doesn't have a single word of dialogue in the entire film, his actions help him speak louder and clearer than a lot of the filler you'll find in Hollywood horror movies. His raw, angry, emotional body language screams louder than his victims, and helps bring The Killer's inner thoughts to the surface in a way I feel like I've never seen before. Once his backstory unfolds and you realize that he's not just some pervert, you'll grow to understand (definitely not justify, but understand) why he's this crazed maniac you see before you. And Keeley delivers a top of the line, all-star performance in a role I'm willing to bet 99% of actors wouldn't even consider. And when his character shares the scene with a skull-mask wearing young boy (who only exists in his head) who joins him on his killing sprees, the scenes are just that much better. It's weird, it's uncomfortable, it's unsettling, it's unlike anything you've seen on camera before. What's better is the film is also a period piece, being promoted as a "lost slasher film from 1978" and if you are like us and love the classic slashers, you'll feel right at home as Headless has the look and feel of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre - and it only adds to the epicness of this movie.
Headless is a seriously fucked up, awesomely gruesome, and wickedly badass film that will gross people out, offend plenty, and mindfuck the rest. It's unlike anything you've probably seen before because while it is like slashers you've seen before, it's totally not like slashers you've seen before. You've never seen anything this shocking, intense or brutal before. Headless physically had me saying "what the fuck" out loud - and that started right with the opening scene! I can't put to words just how fucking sick this movie is; if you grew up with the classic slashers of the 70s and 80s, Headless was made for you. Man the fuck up and dive into the mind of a truly sinister madman in HEADLESS. It will change you.