Is there originality in its all too familiar bubblegum premise, no, well actually, kinda? This Australian minor-budgeted feature does walk the walk of throwing gimmicky ideas out there and seeing what sticks. The canvas is abstract, and wall-to-wall impulsive. So prepare to be tripped out and boozed up, drowned in squirting blood, rocking out some tunes and bombarded by dopey possessed (friends turned) ghouls in what feels like a whiplash of genre homages. A cabin-in-the-sticks trope screaming "Evil Dead" - well, hidden away in the corner of the shack is a poster for the film - engulfs this raunchy, crazy-stupid demonic branded horror of cartoonish thrills, pulsating stoner humour and self-knowing performances set up against an eliminating backdrop of pop-up aesthetics, stagey sets, a fog machine and green/pink fluorescent lighting.
This is the type of film you'll either be turned off by its in-your-face obnoxiousness, and amateurish-looking theatre quality or shut off your brain and simply go along with this dirty, wild weekend from hell. I went with the latter, although there are spots where the fun turns to mockery, which can test your patience. Anyway what do you expect when you get a mechanical demonic unicorn head puppet(?!), sometimes becoming a human/unicorn hybrid with feathered wings which can fly(?!), centipede crawling out of a... ah, best you see it yourself(?!), a mutant spider bug from hell(?!), a lot releasing of bodily fluids, a zombie kangaroo with boxing gloves(?!), a bleeding painting that can foretell the future, a blood-soaked fur rug that transforms into a gateway for evil minions and a climatic rap-off against the forces of evil. I'm sure something there, will be tempting enough. Nice to see these moments are done using practical effects and Daisy Masterman was a lot fun as the brash heroine.
"Tarnation" doesn't pretend to be anything else than what it's all about; crass laughs and outrageous shocks on-the-cheap. I might have to check out the director's other films, "Sheborg Massacre" and "Murderdrome" to see if they're as just bonkers.
When Oscar is fired, and her boyfriend walks out (taking the cat), she heads to a remote cabin in the woods outside a ghost town called TARNATION. Here she plans to reflect on her life choices. Unfortunately for Oscar the woods are home to a DEMON UNICORN, whose satanic master seeks Oscar's blood to complete a ritual that will raise SATAN HIMSELF from Hell. Oscar is thrown into a battle with a demonic force that can possess anyone, and anything, living in the woods. Oscar must fight for her life, and ultimately face the evil in her own soul, to stop TARNATION falling upon the world.
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