When you see a trailer for a movie titled Skull: The Mask, you will expect a certain level of awesomeness. This ultra-violent story of primordial demon artifacts does not disappoint. Blood rituals, torn limbs, and glimpses into hell are just some of the elements that comprise this film. Written and directed by Armando Fonseca and Kapel Furman, Skull: The Mask is a completely insane movie that audiences of grindhouse/slasher films will truly enjoy.
Sao Paolo is a city not far from the Amazon rainforest, the site of Anhanga’s resurrection. Many years ago, a young man was violently slaughtered and his blood was used to restore power to the Mask of Anhanga. Years later the mask is unearthed and immediately falls into the wrong hands. An innocent man is turned into a monster once the mask hooks itself onto his face. Then the bloodshed truly begins.
Skull:The Mask features some rapid paced action sequences. The opening scene will instantly engage audiences with the mysterious lore crafted around men who will use the mask for evil and a group of men who aim to protect the mask from others. Along with the action sequences, comes intense violence and gore. If you’re looking for gratuitous disemboweling and face peeling, you’ve come to the right place.
In addition to the fun action and horror, Skull: The Mask is visually arresting. Everyday scenes get soaked in tones of red and black and regular people are sucked into the hellscape of the mask. There are many artistic and vibrant effects used throughout the film that make the entire film look like a nightmare. The scenery is used to its fullest as a stained glass window in a church illuminates a fight scene. This adds drama and a surreal aspect highlighting the intensity of the madness.
There is also a larger story looming over the monster’s rampage. There is a story of crime and corruption and the evil aided and abetted by human kind. There are relevant themes at play; however they get a little muddled in the high action chaos of the film. Skull: The Mask is a creative voyage into mayhem.
Skull: The Mask will be available on Shudder on May 27th.
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