Directed & Written by David DeFalco
Cinematography by Brandon Trost
Music by Ralph Rieckermann
Cast: Kevin Gage, Sage Stallone, Kelly K.C. Quann, Stephen Wozniak, Chantal Degroat, Maya Barovich, Scott Richards, Deborah Lacey & Ken Medlock
2005/73 mins/Color/Dolby Digital 5.1
1.33:1/English/US/NTSC Region 0
Review from Razor Digital Entertainment DVD
Ignoring the warnings of their parents, two good looking teenage girls (Degroat and Barovich) are off to a rave party in the woods. Like anyone attending a rave, they want to score some Ecstasy. Since they arrived a little too early at the party, they decide to follow a stranger by the name of Swan who promises them E. Well guess what? Swan lurks them into an old cabin where his degenerate, sadistic, sleazy, scum friends are waiting for some sick fun.
Unlike what the people behind the movie wants you to think, no this is not the most brutal movie ever made. There is one very gory nipple ripping flesh eating scene but otherwise there's nothing really special about the killings in the film. And unlike what most critics want you to think, CHAOS is not as bad as everyone says it is. Yet it simply doesn't deserve the reputation it got especially since there is plenty more brutal, vile and sick movie then this rather lame attempt of shocking the audience.
Originally titled THE HOUSE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, CHAOS was intended as a remake of Wes Craven's THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, which itself was a contemporary adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's award winning THE VIRGIN SPRING. Producer Bernheim came onboard, replaced the creative team, and decided to plagiarize the film instead. Actor David A. Hess who portrayed the role of Krug in Craven's classic was going to be in this remake as the Sheriff but was later replaced. Sylvester Stallone's son, Sage Stallone, was recommanded for the role of Swan by Hess.
The main problem with CHAOS is the fact that producer Steven Jay Bernheim and director David DeFalco claim that the whole story is based on an original idea of them when in fact the movie is a direct rip-off of Wes Craven's film. They also used the infamous quote from Craven's film yet there is no mention of this anywhere, this is simply wrong.
CHAOS is presented on DVD it its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The image looks good with nice color saturation, no compression or artifacts. The Dolby Digital 5.1 is loud and clear but isn't impressive. We get a commentary track with Bernheim and DeFalco in which they think so highly of themselves and their movie it's almost scary. They go into much of the details of the making-of their film but never mention where they actually stole the whole idea. Two versions of the movie were released, I'm reviewing the Director's Cut. For those brave enough, DeFalco directed another horror movie in 2002, THE BACK LOT MURDERS.
'The Roger Ebert controversy' is an hilarious featurette where producer Steven Jay Bernheim and director David DeFalco try to explain to us the viewer that Roger Ebert was wrong with his negative review of the film. The more Bernheim talks and tries to turn Ebert's review the other way around, the more it hurts the impact of the actual film. What Bernheim and DeFalco seem to forget is that bad or good publicity ends up being good. Just like Ebert's review of Wes Craven's 1973 classic THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, it helped the film obtaining its notorious reputation. They should just let the movie actually speak for itself. An account of a screening of the movie, attended by DeFalco, was posted on Roger Ebert's website, detailing DeFalco's shouting of, "I'm a demon" and, "I'm the king of violence", going on to threaten critics in the audience, saying, "You saw what's on screen! You know what I'M capable of!" DeFalco also challenged some online critics to a wrestling match. How much lower can someone go?
'Inside the Coroners Office - A Tour of the L.A. Coroner's Crypt' has to be the stupidest extra feature ever put on a DVD. We follow a L.A. Coroner taking us around the morgue explaining us what goes on there. But the weirdest thing has to be director David DeFalco walking around, doing poses in his wrestling suit and talking on how brutal this and his movie are. If you don't find yourself bursting in laughs or looking for the remote control then you my hero. And remember, mephamphetamine (speed) opens the devil's doorway. Yeah right...
The movie is separated in 12 chapter stops, features some nicely designed animated menus and comes in a keep case without a booklet or inlay card.
Now since I've found these way too funny so I had to use them. Here's some "facts" about the movie that I found on the official web site:
Kevin Gage, the star who played Chaos, remains in prison since shortly after the picture was completed nearly two years ago.
Dwight Krizman, partner to David DeFalco and Steven Jay Bernheim, arrested for murdering his wife during the filming of Chaos was charged with 2nd degree murder and sentenced to 15 years to life.
Steven Jay Bernheim’s brand new Ferrari 350 Modena that took him a year to get, mysteriously burst into flames during the filming of Chaos. David DeFalco later identified the three sixes (666) on the vehicle. Finally, in late 2004 the vehicle has been finished being repaired.
A disgruntled set worker, Luis Arroyo, filed a class action lawsuit against Nowhere House LLC, the Chaos production company. The judge assigned to the case, Judge Buckner, blew his brains out and the case was since settled.
Writer/Director David DeFalco has had his own battle with “demons” and his physical appearance has altered dramatically since the filming of Chaos.
Actress KC Kelly, who played the role of Daisy, was so psychologically affected by the movie, she became agoraphobic for six months after the filming.
Writer/Director David “the Demon” DeFalco has been permanently terminated from the 24 Hour Fitness gym chain in Los Angeles due to members being in fear of their lives with him working out there.
"The most brutal movie ever made"
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Review by Kim Dubuisson. All Right Reserved. 2006. ©
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