August Underground’s Mordum (2003)


Year: 2003
Directed by: Fred Vogel, Michael Todd Schneider, Cristie Whiles, Killjoy, Jerami Cruise
Starring: Cristie Whiles (Crusty), Michael Todd Schneider (Maggot), Fred Vogel (Peter), Killjoy (Serial Killer towards the end)
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 01:21:47
Genres: Gore-Gruesome-Splatter, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Women, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Men, Necrophilia, Serial Killers, Snuff, Torture, Incest, Old-Young, Puking, Siblings

Plot – Spoilers:
In this second part to the August Underground series, Peter (Fred Vogel) is joined by his girlfriend Crusty and her brother Maggot to amp up the depravity. The trio of serial killers torture women, men and kids in some of the most perverse and shocking ways depicted in cinema.

August Underground’s Mordum apparently started off as a music video project for the band Necrophagia’s vocalist Killjoy (the serial killer whom the trio hang out with towards the end of the movie). At that point, it was Maggot (Michael Todd Schneider) in charge of putting together footage. What he had was later edited and more footage added to become what we now know as August Underground Mordum. A different version called the Maggot cut exists, though its availability is unclear.

The movie kicks off with a similar trope to the first part – the camera following someone climbing up the stairs – and your heart sinks a little because Part 1 got your expectations soaring and you wonder if it’s just more of the same. As it turns out, the cameraman has just walked in on his girlfriend fucking her brother. A squabble ensues between the two and she finally assuages him by cutting her belly. What a wonderful way to get your spirits back up ….

It gets even better and a little ironic when they travel to a junkie friend’s place, butcher the comatose guys there and cough and sputter about how disgusting the junkies are to live in the filth and puke that they do. And their biggest concern while dismembering the bodies is to not catch AIDS. Brilliant! From here on, it gets harder and harder to take the brutality unleashed.

Peter and Maggot share an uneasy relationship because of the incest thing with Crusty. For the most part, Maggot is submissive to Peter and appears to be deranged and someone who truly lives in his own world. It is therefore not surprising that Maggot often is at the centre of the worst scenes in the film. Some of the depravity on show here includes:

Forcing a half-dead guy to chop his own dick following which Crusty sucks on it for a while before rubbing it on his lover’s pussy.

Crusty puking on the faces of two girls while Peter jerks off.

Gutting a woman and Maggot later fucking the gash with the innards spilling out.

Maggot eating maggots from the rotting corpse of a decapitated child.

Maggot anally raping the corpse of a young girl while Crusty strokes the girl’s cheeks and utters the chilling words, “You’re not gonna have to worry about growing up now sweetie.”

How much ever desensitized you think you are, this movie takes some doing to watch in one sitting.

August Underground Trilogy:
1. August Underground
2. August Underground’s Mordum
3. August Underground’s Penance

5 thoughts on “August Underground’s Mordum (2003)

  • January 3, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    are you sure this is not a genuine snuff film? Way too realistic. So what is wrong with the people who made this thing?

  • February 4, 2019 at 4:53 am

    Lmao are you fucking retarded?

  • February 9, 2019 at 3:29 am

    It was ok. Not really all that shocking. I’m desensitized as hell though.

  • February 24, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Extremely boring,what a shitload of crap !!

  • July 28, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Okay I just finished this hour and fifteen minute shitshow (excuse my French) and I have honestly never watched something so objectively bad. I, personally, do not partake in such activities as “anally raping the corpse of a young girl”, or “[f]orcing a half-dead guy to chop his own dick”, and even “puking on the faces of two girls while Peter [an accomplice] jerks off”.

    Honestly, there are almost 0 redeeming qualities of this movie however my colleague and I (who have extensive backgrounds in film history and analysis) were able to agree on one such quality which was the succinct yet subtle character development seen especially in the character profile of Maggot who goes from, “eating maggots from the rotting corpse of a decapitated child,” to (as mentioned prior) “anally raping the corpse of a young girl”.

    Although there are very few themes I can think of, one does call out to me – beckoning to be foretold to the other members of this site. And this theme is of desperation. This theme is not called, but caterwauled out as almost a self-confliction in its own existence. I would like to now bring forth an example from George Orwell’s 1984 in which Winston Smith (the protagonist) – a man who’s perception of his own image is blurred by the very universe that created it – shows his complete and utter absolute despair in finding such romance. In one particular scene, Winston finds himself about to partake in an act extramarital intercourse with an older woman and despite her grotesque, abominable appearance, he, “But I went ahead and did it just the same” (Orwell 18).

    This theme I feel many would be able to relate to yet unfortunately August Underground’s Mordum does not quite hit the hammer on the head of the nail that is this theme (the same way in which someone was murdered in the respective film).

    Overall I rate 2/10.


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