I was finally able to watch my copy of Nutbag last nite on the portable DVD player & can finally report back to you guys. First of all, let me advise it's nowhere near as graphic nor brutal as Palumbo's second feature M-S-P but it's a pretty good indie flick. Fans of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Maniac, or M-S-P will most likely enjoy this film.
Mack Hail plays the serial killer who spends most of his time contemplating suicide (when he's not slaughtering beautiful prostitutes) but somehow can't off himself because there would be no one to take care of his dear pet spider Heinrich. Sadly, Heinrich is the only real friend the nutbag has. Through the course of the film, we are subjected to lengthy monologues in which the psychopath tells his pet about his turbulent childhood & the voice overs also reveal why the guy has such a morbid obsession with death. Sadly, this man is one seriously troubled case but I found it somewhat difficult to feel sorry for him even after witnessing his mother being stabbed to death in one rather traumatic flashback.
Palumbo does make good use of the haunting electronic score, fully undraped women who are more beautiful than life itself, & remotely grotesque imagery. The dialogue/monlogues are naturally very thought-provoking & well-written although the acting leaves much to be desired. Mack Hail is not always completely believable but he still manages to disturb or frighten the intended audience as only Palumbo can do. For an indie horror flick, Nutbag is a cut above the typical slasher fare & deserves to be seen by enthusiasts only.
Unpleasant dreams, my friends.
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Nutbag is the horrifying, true-life story of a man who murders without provocation. The lonely, depraved killer stalks the neon city we call Las Vegas. Killing young women at random, there seems to be no end to his madness. Nutbag is a claustrophobic, ghastly thrill-ride that pulls no punches in its depiction of violence. Set to a haunting musical score, this shockingly gory film spins a frighteningly contemporary story of a modern day Jack the Ripper.