Written & Directed by Guy Pigden
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ISaZH continues in a highly enjoyable comedic vein draped with intestines, injected with ill-conceived bravado, slavered with spineless looking-out-for-oneself attitudes, smothered with a creator willing to die for his art and peppered with horrifically aimed gunfire until its very climax. A cunning surprise finale which I shall not in any way spoil, have no fear folks.
Andrew Laing's performance is also worth noting, his personality is one you can't help but immediately have issues with. He's brash, unappreciative, impatient and probably the closest you will ever get to the literal explanation of asshole in any nearby dictionary. Towards the end of the movie the audience finally gets to understand the reasoning of why he is the way he is, although at this juncture it's way too late to bring about any kind of intervention. Armed only with a camera he gets about as close to unhinged as can be, it's a wonder he doesn't declare he's joining the running for the Presidency (topical Stateside reference there!).
Of course the similarities between this and other New Zealand films are blindingly evident and appreciatively so. ISaZH sports a quirky soundtrack that Bad Taste utilized amazingly well in just the right places. The humor is in the same vein as the aforementioned (also prolific throughout Black Sheep, the much underrated Undead and Dead Alive aka Brain Dead) a brilliant mix of gallows humor, tongue in cheek satire, sticky situation comedic shenanigans and plenty of over the top physical effects (no CGI evident here thank the Dark Gods!). Then of course there are the accents. Honestly who doesn't like an Australian, New Zealand brogue? It features prominently on my top ten things of things I enjoy most, if only there was a wee English Lass to accentuate this guilty pleasure even further. Alas I digress.
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