DVd review: Hanger (Video 2009)
Eighteen year ago, nine-months pregnant Rose (Debboe Rochon), a wrong side of the tracks prostitute, was killed when her pimp gave her an abortion with a hanger. Now, the deformed, surviving child (Nathan Dashwood), who was thrwon in the dumpster, left for dead and mockingly called Hanger, is about to settle the score and any street trash, sex degenerate or murderous pimp better beware. Hanger is written by Patrick coble and Ryan Nicholson who also is the director. The acting is decent but Dan Ellis once again outshines the rest of the cast, he´s a great asset to Ryan Nicholson and they´ve collaborated on several movies. The camerawork and editing is pretty good. There is heavy use of character make-up fx, much in the style of the big budget Dick Tracy movie with Warren Beatty. Some of it is used to good effect, for instance the make-up fx design for Dan Ellis is very good and enhances that character, but some are not succesful and one or two is pretty bad. This gives the film a almost cartoonish style and lessens the impact of the extreme/over the top scenes that make up a big part of the movie. Hanger is gory, it´s all practical make-up fx and one of the highlights is the very nasty forced abortion scene of a baby via coat-hanger.There is plenty of nudity in Hanger so fans of T & A are bound to be pleased and Candice Lewald who plays the character Nicole, she also appeared as Lisa in Gutterballs, provides gratuitous T & A and even perform a very graphic masturbation on screen. She very good looking and the little outfit she´s almost wearing is... well you´ll have to see for yourself.
This review is based on the Region All DVD release from Dark Entertainment, it´s a Unrated print of the flick and has both english audion and subtitles.
Rating: 4½ out of 7. I´m a big fan of Ryan Nicholson´s no holds barred approach of filmmaking but Hanger is something of a let down for me. It´s a bit too bizarre and it´s obvious that Ryan Nicholson really tries to do his outmost to be offensive and controversial. If you´re a fan of gore and expoitation you need to check out Hanger as it´s full of nudity, violence and gore but this is definitely not for everybody
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