Director: Steve Oram
By Rhys Tarling
I don’t believe in hating a film. I believe that a film, whether bad, boring, reprehensible, or dumb, has something worthwhile to offer or learn from. With that being said, Aaaaaaaah! is a puerile, degrading film and I fucking hate it. Actually, it feels wrong to call it a film; films have themes, stories, characters, some kind of entertainment value. It’d be more appropriate to call this a collection of barely connected scenes of depravity, nihilism, and nonsense. It’s certainly memorable, I’ll grant it that. But I imagine that somebody spitting in your mouth would be memorable too. However, not nearly as vulgar as this garbage.
The premise, if there is one, is we follow a couple of days in the lives of four or five people. How they are connected I do not know but they seem to hang around each other for some reason. Anyway, they go about their banal existence – eating, partying, shitting, watching tv, fucking, shoplifting, masturbating with the use of a live rat, violently attacking one another or anyone unfortunate enough to cross their path, mutilation, murder, and cannibalism. Also, everyone communicates in grunts, howls, and groans. Not one word is spoken in any recognisable language. Great. Man’s just a bunch of animals, am I right? Are you getting that? If you don’t get it straight away don’t worry because it’s this thing’s only point. And you can bet it spends every second of its 90 minute runtime crudely ramming it down your fucking throat.
I still can’t believe it’s technically only 90 minutes. There is not a single action or moment or even grunt, that can be traced to the succeeding action, moment, or grunt. It’s 100 percent pure incoherence and as a result it feels like it goes for 900 minutes. It never truly begins and it doesn’t end – it just rudely barges in without context and then it eventually stops.
It’s clear that this thing was made purely for shock value. And while some of the acts are so disturbing that they do shock in the moment, it never resonates beyond that because there is zero narrative or thematic meaning being imparted. It’s just vile inhuman shit apropos of nothing.
If you paid for this poison I feel truly sorry for you. If you were entertained by or extrapolated any meaning from this poison then I am truly not sorry not knowing you. God awful.