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John’s Horror Corner: Faust: Love of the Damned (2000), a smutty, gory, cheesy movie about soul-selling revenge and deals with the Devil.

March 7, 2016





MY CALL: Quite a terrible movie, but terrible in all the right ways if you’re in the mood for gory, silly, deliciously bad horror. It’s moderately smutty and often disgusting. You’ve been warned. MORE MOVIES LIKE Faust: So you want smutty movies horror? Try Night of the Tentacles (2013), Bioslime (2010), Blood Gnome (2004), The Haunting of Morella (1990), Killer Workout (1987), Death Spa (1989), Evils of the Night (1985), Head of the Family (1996) and Piranha 3DD (2012). Throw in Barbarian Queen (1985), Conquest (1983), Deathstalker (1983), Deathstalker II: Duel of the Titans (1987) and The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984) for some campy fantasy, sword and sorcery flicks.


A rule-breaking police officer (Jeffrey Combs; Lurking Fear, Doctor Mordrid, Would You Rather) crosses paths with some sort of music therapist after our Faustian protagonist makes a deal with a white-haired euro-trashy fiend and is granted Street Fighter II Vega wrist blades to avenge the death of his murdered immigrant girlfriend. Sounds like somebody got snubbed at the 2001 Academy Awards for Best Screenplay, doesn’t it?



faust%20love%20of%20the%20damned%2002Clearly, this was in no way imaginable ripped off of Wolverine.
Look at all those claw poses!


As the mysterious near-albino Mephistopheles figure, Andrew Divoff (Wishmaster, Lost) is deliciously ridiculous and I struggle to rationalize his hair. But trumping the lunacy of his hair is the rampaging melodrama and varying sound quality. More Oscar near-misses, no doubt.


Faust breaks the Devil’s rules and is sent to Hell, which he promptly escapes by defeating an animated skeleton. I know, the scene wasn’t very inspired and I’d imagine evading damnation would have posed a greater challenge. Moreover when he emerges he is like a demonic superhero complete with cape, latex muscles, and silly CGI transformations. This is, after all, based on a comicbook. It’s tone yo-yos between clearly deliberately silly at times, and somewhat serious at others. The finale pits our Faustian inverse-hero against a ritually summoned Hell beast.



There’s a good amount of action, all being of awful cheesy execution. But that’s to be expected when you have topless women slitting throats mid-coitus and women in bras beating men up. With that, there’s also a fair amount of graphic sex scenes and nudity accompanied by a hefty dose of low budget gore like rooms filled with severed limbs and heads, flesh-tearing, face-ripping, face-melting and dismemberment. And to top off the special effects, there’s a deeply perverted slimy transformation scene that is too gross, smutty and tasteless for me to explain…but a quick GoogleImage search for “Faust love of the damned boob” should explain things.




This is the worst film I’ve seen by director by Brian Yuzna (Society, Bride of Re-Animator, Return of the Living Dead 3). This cheesy comic book adaptation is utterly terrible, but if you’re in the mood for a specifically really bad horror movie, then this might be right up your alley. So maybe it’s terrible in all the right ways. If you know what I mean by that, watch and enjoy this gory, silly flick. If you don’t, then skip it.




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