Directed by: Adam Ford
Starring: Matteo De Liberato (Clown), Rikky Fiore (Victim 1), Marco Pielich (Victim 2)
Genres: Based on a True Story, Gay, Surreal, Gruesome, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Men, Torture, Pissing, Captivity, Serial Killers, Drugs
Plot – Spoilers:
A gay man wakes up from a one-night stand and is seemingly bored by his obese lover who’s fast asleep. He decides to explore the house and finds drugs and some money that he isn’t above pocketing. His casual worldview is however shaken when he finds a whimpering bound man, with holes hammered into his limbs. His lover also reappears, now dressed as a clown.
The clown is cruel while also tender at other times – a bit bipolar like the movie, which has scenes of extraordinary aesthetic beauty while others seem amateurly composed. Not sure if this was deliberate, to differentiate the states of mind of the victim.
Inspired by the world of John Wayne Gacy, Torment has gained a notoriety, more likely from its ‘hard to find’ nature. Having said that, if you’re male and not gay, you’ll probably need some additives inside your body to get through it.