"Adam Chaplin: Violent Avenger (2011/DVD/Autonomy Pictures)" Review

From time to time I seem to find a film that is so over the top and insane and seems to satisfy my lust for wanting to see extreme gore. Adam Chaplin: Violent Avenger does exactly that and after watching it I am fine with not watching anything extremely violent for awhile. I had heard before watching it that it was quite violent and that is what I expected, but I got alot more than just that. Now the question that begs to be answered is this a film that is nothing but a gore fest or does it have more to it than that? Let the autopsy begin!

The easiest way to describe the plot is that it follows a guy named Adam Chaplin who makes a deal with a demon to gain superhuman strength and abilities after his wife is killed. Adam must crush through the scum of the city as well as the corrupt cops in order to find out who killed his wife and to satisfy his lust for revenge.If you minus the part about the demon and surperhunman strength and abilities then really you have a plot for your standard revenge flick. This film on the other hand has both those and some very bizarre characters. I really look at Adam Chaplin as a splatter revenge flick that in alot of ways seems like it was sourced from a Manga. It has many of the traits of some Manga I have seen before, but there is one film that came to mind while watching this one and that was Ichi The Killer or Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky. Both of those films were sourced from Manga.
The characters like I stated before are bizarre which I wouldn't expect anything else from a film of this kind. The only one I personally cared for was Adam and that was easy because he really was the only likeable one of the bunch. Adam Chaplin is very much that kind of anti-hero that just wants revenge and will go through whomever he needs to get that revenge. Really the only other character that had somewhat of a back story was that of Denny Richards who is the mob boss who had a hand in Adam's wifes death. Denny is a very crazy looking character who has this small black mask he wears that has a white inverted cross on the forehead of it. The stuff you do learn about him is that he was an experiment from his father and this one drug that keeps him alive and super strong. When they finally meet up lets just say it gets brutal, of course it is brutal throughout but this is a way better fight.
The gore in this film is to myself top notch and relies on both practical effects as well as some CGI. The CGI actually does not look that bad at all and I can see why they used it. It's not the type of CGI that looks like it was made for a low budget film back in 1993. Honestly I cannot pick just one specific gore moment that I liked the most and that's because they all kick ass! If you like tons of gore and a good plot to go with that then I think you should check this one out, oh and I must mention there is more dialogue in this film than I was expecting. Overall this is one of the funnest films I have seen this year and quite possibly one of the best I have seen this year! This is a must watch for fan of Ichi The Killer and Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky!

Adam Chaplin: Violent Avenger gets 5 out of 5!

-Daniel "Damnation" Lee

Director: Emanuelle De Santi
Lead Actor/Actress: Emanuelle De Santi
Genre: Horror
DVD Release Year: 2013
Theatrical Release Year: 2011
Time Length: 90 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
Region Code: 1
Release Company: Autonomy Pictures
Website:  www.autonomypictures.com