George Rossi, is an immigrant who served in the Vietnam War, he now spends his days as a Superintendent of a Queens New York apartment building. He soon finds himself falling into the deepest depths of depravity after he is saved by an unexpected tenant and his life of dark secrets start to unravel in “The Super” directed by Evan Makrogiannis and Brian Weaver.
“The Super” is intriguing throw back to the 70s era of ultra violent grindhouse style horror films that pulled no punches when it came to even the darkest taboos. The character George Rossi (Demetri Kallas) is a very interesting specimen of humanity, a creation of one of Americas most blood soaked wars. Once you get a taste for brutality how do you go back to being just another average Joe? This is a problem that Mr. Rossi has to confront in this very original and creative character study of a man driven to madness by his tenants and their very different morals.
An equally fascinating and degenerate character named Olga (Manoush), a dominatrix with a taste for extreme violence plays integral roles in George Rossi’s journey into complete madness. Seeing these unlikely accomplices working together and how much they enjoy their craft really adds to the overall feelings the film aims to create.
The first thirty minutes are a real slow burn and look into the day-to-day routines of George Rossi, and does a tremendous job of creating a sense of just how bleak and sad the mans life truly is. This may be a tad bit off putting to some viewers as the plot does not become all that clear until a pretty good distance into the films running time, but I personally enjoyed it and feel it was required to make the final plot twists as effective as they are. I admire writers and directors who take their time and let a story cause uneasiness and tension in their viewers by making it clear that something horrible is about to occur, but at the same time leaves them in the dark to when things are going to take a turn for the dark and twisted.
The acting from all parties evolved is solid and believable; fans of the horrorcore genre will even get an extra treat with the inclusion horrorcore legend Ron “Necro” Braunstein as Sardusky, a crooked NYC detective.
While “The Super” is not an overly gory film it does have its moments of beautiful practical effects. When it becomes time to get messy and shed some blood “The Super” has a very eerily realistic feel to it, each kill seems so plausible that you almost forget you are simply watching a watching a movie, a feeling comparable to how I felt while watching “August Underground” but to a much less extreme degree. By not going to over the top with the kill scenes they create a story that could and in many ways has happened instilling that fear into the audience that this could very well happen to them one day, real life fear in my opinion is the secret ingredient to some of the most terrifying films ever created.
It seems the new big thing in the indie side of horror is recreating the look and feel of the ultra dirty and gritty era of 70s grindhouse theatre. With the recent success of titles such as “Hobo With a Shotgun” and “Machete” the once underground world of grindhouse cinema is being brought to a new generation and a much larger audience of fans, making it abundantly clear that the new wave of the grindhouse sub genre is not going anywhere anytime soon. “The Super” is a superb addition to the sub genre and should be viewed by all fans looking to relive the glory days of raw horror cinema.
I really enjoyed “The Super” and would recommend this film to fans of such films as “The Toolbox Murders” and “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer”. For those wanting to see more from the duo of Evan Makroginnis and Brian Weaver also check out their film “The Turnpike Killer”.