Blu-ray Review: Scavenger (2019)

May 15, 2021

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?

Tisha spends her days wandering a dry, dusty, post-apocalyptic landscape engaging in the organ dealing biz… but she’s about to get a job walkin’ revenge’s road when an old woman hires her to put a murder on a certain individual that spends his time at ye olde brothel. A simple set-up to be sure, but this one is going to get super brutal in short time… and therein lies a problem or two cats n’ creeps…
Scavenger is a film packed with nastiness… most of it inflicted on our heroine, who is sexually assaulted for an incredibly long time. In a film that runs roughly seventy-five minutes with credits, there is a large amount of attention given to the villain of the piece shoving various “weapons” into Tisha with violent abandon.
As you lot know, I’m no prude, and I will admit this material adds to the world filmmakers Eric Fleitas and Luciana Garraza (along with co-writer Sheila Fentana) are crafting, but it makes the finished piece uneven as the “revenge” element is given short shrift and when it comes it feels unsatisfying in it’s brevity.
All isn’t bad however, as the production design present here is pretty damn great; this is a filthy world filled with a true eat or be eaten mentality, and the whole affair feels suitably dangerous so mega-kudos given there. Another plus here is the incredibly well done practical gore effects, and the absolutely top-shelf soundtrack (which is included here on a separate CD).
On a different note, that CD is about all she wrote when it comes to extras on this Blu-ray release from Cleopatra (along with MVD Entertainment), with a trailer and image gallery representing the remainder of bonus material.
To sum it all up; Scavenger has a solid visual sense, a great soundtrack, and some nicely done bloodshed, but it’s unbalanced narrative and over-all cruelness may be a deal breaker for some viewers.
 

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