August Underground’s Penance (2007)

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Avg Rating: 3.5 / 5. Voted: 47

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AKA:
Directed by: Fred Vogel
Starring: Fred Vogel (Peter Mountain), Cristie Whiles (Crusty)
Country: United States
Language: English (English subtitles)
Runtime: 01:24:52
Genres: Killers, Snuff, Torture, Violence against Men, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Women, Gore-Gruesome-Splatter, Home Invasion, Animals

Plot – Spoilers:
The final part in the August Underground trilogy has often been described by director Fred Vogel as his favourite of the lot.

Regarding the film itself – not sure if it took three parts for Peter Mountain’s character to emerge, or if it is in Part 3 that we finally get to understand some basic things about him. As a killer he’s driven and fairly focused, but other than this, he’s kind of silly and a boring person. He tries to be funny and impress the camera especially when Crusty’s manning it, but simply isn’t. Killing is the only thing interesting about him and he probably knows this. All his accomplices through the three films are verbally smarter and often outshine him. And yet, he’s the one who’s been consistent and survives, because of his need to kill and make it through. His sexuality emerges more here. In August Underground Mordum, Crusty calls him a faggot and here in Penance, he often has a problem getting hard while directly interacting with a human. In fact, the only time he cums is when he masturbates to a dying trussed up woman.

Crusty is more attractive in Penance and conscious of Peter’s frustrations – mostly patient with him, she is even a little encouraging, goading him to get in shape. But when he can’t get it up often enough, she finds a man who can and who will fuck her dirty and anally. The stress of their relationship and the strain of the killing sprees eventually appears to catch up, as Crusty finally cracks.

Animals are more involved in this movie though no actual killings are shown except for a writhing rat being fed to an alligator. Other animal scenes include carving out the leg of a dead deer and a gratifying scene of a growling lion being fed by hand.

There is the usual August Underground platter of gore though not as much as in Mordum. Some interesting scenes include sawing off the arm of a dead woman who only has her torso left, and a pretty well effected scene of a fetus being carved out of a dead pregnant woman (Fred’s irl wife, Shelby Vogel)

Favourite Scenes:
1. The family murder:
Peter struggles to rape the mother and is frustrated by his inability to get it up while Crusty appears to be cleansing herself of some childhood Christmasy trauma. Excited by the presents and oblivious to his frustrations, she appears to cum strangling the daughter, and looks droopy and blissful by the end of it.

2. The interaction with the homeless guy is strangely entertaining despite the lack of gore or a murder. Maybe because it comes after some boring introductory scenes that you kind of want to just end to get the action going.

21 thoughts on “August Underground’s Penance (2007)

  • May 15, 2019 at 7:00 am
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    First×
    So weird i never seen this porn site before
    10/10
    Will be cumming back

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    • August 18, 2020 at 4:04 pm
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      I kinda hate these types of movies. Wth lis holding the camera? Why are they so shaky? Why is everything so close up you can’t see? As soon as you think its gonna get good the camera person has a stroke.

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    • April 17, 2021 at 6:44 am
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      these 3 movies is so fucking underrated and disgusting and not to mention very animalistic, sick of low budget crap why they cant make a proper slasher movie with potential in it and not this retarded crap.

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      • July 22, 2021 at 7:07 pm
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        lol it’s that way on purpose. the entire trilogy is like henry the serial killer but without the story. it’s not supposed to have context. it’s a fake snuff film. that is how snuff films are. i mean ppl always thought snuff wasn’t real but we know now it is thanks to liveleak. if you don’t understand that going into this trilogy then it’s not for you. go back to your little halloween mchael myers jason vorhees if realistic portrayals of serial killers torturing their victims doesn’t appeal to you. this series plays on psychological realistic fears of getting kidnapped and tortured. it’s not supposed to win awards. fred vogal had a vision and he made it. this is either a hate it or love it series. not for the faint of heart.

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      • October 4, 2021 at 4:45 am
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        you called it underrated and then continued to talk shit about it WHAT THE FUCK IS IT is it underrated or disgusting and bad? slasher movies are fucking boring anyway and over done, this is a work of art and treat it as so.

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  • March 9, 2020 at 11:20 am
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    Best of the series for sure!

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    • July 16, 2021 at 4:56 am
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      The first one had an unquantifiable quality that emerged from (what I’m surmising as) inexperience and a winners’ attitude of “let’s do this shit”. The camera work was also superb!! (not hating on the sequels per se). And… that final scene was utterly glorious.

      (I do have one wish, if I had a chance to change this series. I imagine the writing process for the narratives were filled with moments of serious laughter. It would’ve been a more enjoyable experience (to me) if they tossed more of that “haha, and THEN this happens ad absurdum” type of comedy rather than betting all in on shock value: The delivery is always forceful and not obvious?)

      Either way, I’m voting for the first one as my favorite. Nonetheless, I can’t be offended that you preferred this one.

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  • April 12, 2020 at 5:13 am
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    Worst of the series but overall not bad. Compared to the first two less about the murders and more about the character’s issues.

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  • April 18, 2020 at 6:43 pm
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    For some reason, ketchup really grosses me out. I just think it’s disgusting. It’s pretty weird that the only scene I had to close my eyes at, in the whole trilogy was when she said, she was going to put her face in it the ketchup.

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  • June 17, 2020 at 2:29 am
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    Fucking sick just like all of its kind! The August series of movies is not for the faint heart! I will although say that A Siberian Film takes the cake for the most disturbed and mind fucked movie I have watched!

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    • August 8, 2020 at 10:28 am
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      I have never heard of A Siberian Film. I think you are talking about A Serbian Film. Glad you enjoyed it tho.

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  • November 8, 2020 at 1:41 am
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    despite its everything, i think this is the most narratively interesting august underground movie. whoever wrote the og caption is totally right, this is a really weird but effective character study of peter. he’s super aware of this being the most interesting part of him. his inability to perform with the mom of the family and like, obviously hateful treatment of women in this film reads very heavily to me as your typical ‘maniac with mommy issues’ antihero for movies like this. ESPECIALLY in like your last twenty minutes here with the girl he jacks off to then like, sorta nurses?

    crusty is so wild and interesting to me too. i can’t believe i’m out here getting weirdly attached but it’s been a LONG RUN watching all these. her frustration towards the second half is really relatable, honestly? her breaking down after strangling the girl at the end? i kinda feel for her. wtf.

    always ALWAYS gonna be a wonder to me that crusty’s played by fred vogel’s actual wife. straight people are really a trip.

    i think, watching these, i still don’t really LIKE them as movies. i’m not supposed to, though. they definitely have a lot of artistic merit as experiments in the Nasty on Purpose torture porn genre and while i won’t be revisiting these i think they’re kind of important. sort of a milestone in “c’mon then, if you’re not a chicken, put this on.”

    thanks as always, eum! ur warping my young mind one movie at a time

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    • November 8, 2020 at 1:52 am
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      I JUST READ the lady with the fetus is freds wife lmfao my b

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      • April 11, 2021 at 6:04 am
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        stfu loving every minute of it nonojnwnonwonownwon

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  • January 31, 2021 at 11:32 pm
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    Only thing that bothered me was the deer. That’s not how u fucking process a deer!…

    The movie was ok. The first one was the best. But mordum was the most fuck’d up. All in all its a great triology.

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  • April 6, 2021 at 7:54 am
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    What an artsy end to the worst gore trilogy in modern existence… Vogel truly deserves that Oscar! Lmfao!

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  • April 11, 2021 at 6:04 am
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    what up this is so hot i came like six times watching

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  • September 29, 2021 at 1:57 am
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    I think I would say this one is the superior one in AU trilogy. Way more focused on Peter and Crusty just bonding as a couple then it is focusing on gore and violence. Also I cannot help but find Christie Whiles incredibly cute in this one.

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  • October 3, 2021 at 10:59 pm
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    I’m over here thinking this is the most wholesome one and then I got to the hour mark..

    It’s a hard choice between this and Maggot’s cut but this has to be my favorite

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