Movie Review: SheBorg (2016)

February 6, 2019

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Dylan (Whitney Duff) and Eddie (Daisy Masterman) are two young anarchists spray painting shit and runnin’ from the fuzz…not exactly the credentials that would lead you to believe they could stand up to a menace from beyond the stars. Speaking of which, when her intergalactic jailers fail to melt her with their caustic barf, the space criminal SheBorg (Emma-Louise Wilson) hightails it to Earth where she takes up residence at a puppy farm and turns the employees, and anyone stupid enough to trespass on the property into members of her canine flesh devouring, cellphone licking, cyborg army. Soon our counter-culture heroines, along with a dunce of a punk rocker named Rik ( Mark Entwistle) attempt to liberate those helpless pups and run afoul of the mechanical minions of that star-born femme fatale. Will they have the skills (or dumb…and I do mean “dumb” luck) necessary to defeat that tin-plated robo-bitch and save the planet…or a small patch of Australia anyway?

After laying your eerie eyeballs across that sinister synopsis up yonder, you may be able to surmise that Writer/Director Daniel Armstrong has created one hell of a surreal journey into the realms of completely deranged sci-fi (the type of which you’d find on video store shelves in the heyday of VHS)…and if you didn’t surmise it, I just told ya! What sells SheBorg the most is it’s incredibly game and appealing cast. Duff and Masterman make for a likable duo, and watching their exploits is a ton o’ fun indeed…and not to be outdone, Wilson provides a completely over-the-top, teeth gnashing performance as the eponymous antagonist of the picture…and I have to say; I love the look of the SheBorg costume…pure ’80’s Drive-In aesthetic there!

Of course the flick is loaded with plenty of grizzly gore, vomit, and various other fluids splish-splashin’ to the four winds, and most of it is very successful, though I wish the film makers had stuck with full practical effects rather than any digital enhancement which can look shitty in the highest of budget film, but has zero chance of looking as good as physical blood n’ guts work on a low-budget movie.

Finally there are some impressive fighting skills and stunt work present in SheBorg which left your’s cruelly duly impressed, and emphasized the lengths these folks would go to bring this flick to life (I know my ass wouldn’t be brave enough to hang of a moving vehicle like Duff does). Here’s to ya!

Bottom line, if you dig on the work of  Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police) or early Peter Jackson (and I’m talking Bad Taste early) you will doubtless adore SheBorg; it’s a gore splattered, fun as all fuck fright flick and shouldn’t be missed by horror hounds looking for some laughs and lunacy!



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