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A Day Of Violence 
Written by: on September 10th, 2010

Theatrical Release Date:
UK, July 2009
Director: Darren Ward
Writer: Darren Ward
Cast: Nick Rendell, Christopher Fosh, Victor D. Thorn, Steve Humphries, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Tina Barnes, Helena Martin.

DVD released: August 9th, 2010
Approximate running time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: 101 Films
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £14.99

Fat enforcer Mitchell Parker (Nick Rendell) lies dead on a slab in the morgue with a massive gaping hole where his beer belly used to be. Unfortunately being dead won’t stop him from telling us his story. Mitchell was sent to get money owed from a skeezy crack addict called Hopper (Giovanni Lombardo Radice) and discovered this particular drug rat was hiding a shitload of cash, £100,000 to be exact. Mitchell decides to take it all for himself and so cuts Hopper’s throat and does a runner with the cash, charming! He also decides to go to work for a bigger fish, Curtis Boswell (Victor D. Thorn), a move which he quickly regrets given that he’s not been at his new job for five minutes yet and already Boswell’s had his henchmen string up and debollock an old mate of Mitchell’s, Smithy, on suspicion of embezzlement. And then his first assignment is to recover, you guessed it, £100,000 stolen from Boswell by Hopper. Not the brightest bulb in the box Mitchell helps Smithy’s missus escape from Boswell’s men and thus they all come after him. Torture, gunplay, random people getting killed and Mitchell’s face getting pummeled can only be just around the corner……..

Written and directed by Darren Ward who’s been down this ultra-violent, low-budget road before with the likes of 1997’s Sudden Fury. Terrible, cringe-worthy acting abounds from every single person on screen apart from genre icon Giovanni Lombardo Radice (Cannibal Ferox, City Of The Living Dead, etc) who has a brief cameo at the beginning of the film as ill-fated junkie Hopper. Nick Rendell as the lead is spectacularly bad as the ridiculously non-threatening pudgy hardman. But then acting? Who gives a toss about acting! Gorehounds rejoice for this is essentially Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Bollocks an attempt at a gory-as-fuck low rent Guy Ritchie flick, with character names thought up by a mockney 12 year old; Noodles, Chisel, Maddock, Smithy, etc. Unfortunately the first half of the film is a little light on the rouge besides Smithy’s makeshift penectomy with a pair of garden shears but it really starts flowing in the second half. After Mitchell escapes his torturers (getting his face mashed up like a cross between Al Murray and the Toxic Avenger) it’s a non-stop river of fake blood all the way to it’s silly conclusion involving some badly placed retrospective melodrama and a kiddie in a coma.

Made with obvious passion for the grindhouse exploitation genre this one is nevertheless for low budget gorehounds only with make-up and splatter effects that are actually very good indeed but, unfortunately, none of them came close to being as painfully revolting as seeing Rendell’s hairy, sweaty arse in the film’s opening ‘love scene’ eeeurgh!

The DVD:

1.85:1 anamorphic transfer looks very good – crisp, clear image with excellent detail, contrast and solid blacks. The stereo English audio track is clean and clear despite a somewhat overbearing synth score.

Extras include:

A Day Of Violence: Behind The Scenes – This is a 22 minute making of featuring an interesting conversation with Radice as he shoots his cameo as well as quite a few looks at how they set up various gore FX and finally a few brief on set interviews with the director, cast and a couple of extras.

Trailer – Soft Version.

Trailer – Hard Version.

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