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August Underground’s Mordum (2003) ★½

August Underground's Mordum


Two deranged friends bring along another guy to go on a random murder rampage. They kidnap lesbian lovers and couples and torture them.


Dipping my toes back into my quest to experience the sickest films ever made. The second in the August Underground series (“Mordum”) is a far less believable found footage movie than the first. If you’re not desensitized enough by watching the first, the second might go a little easier. Not because it’s less disturbing, but because it’s just too out there. Fred Vogel’s very successful quest to make the most disturbing, sickest film ever made is quite on track here. But the problem is there’s just too many crazy-ass people involved for it to become believable. The incessant screaming by the lead, his girlfriend and her brother plus random new guy all joining forces to rape and kill people on tape is ludicrous. A single serial killer committing murders isn’t an easy task. A group of them howling, fighting each other and screaming atop their lungs while committing horrible atrocities is ridiculous.

August Underground’s Mordum is brash and in your face snuff and rape footage unfiltered, including some scenes with young children and babies. Yes, it’s detestable and horrible. It’s meant to be. And contains far more disturbing footage than the first in the series. The first is more effective, because it’s narrowed to one man and his cameraman. I’d say scarier because it’s slightly more believable. So Mordum is a far more violent and twisted film, but less effective overall. Also, way more annoying.


It’s difficult to rate a film of this nature. No one likes what’s in this film, but to give a movie a low rating because you hated its taste, its amoral characters or vile content is really unfair. Especially when a film is created for the sole purpose of disturbing others. August Underground’s Mordum is meant to be hated by its very creation and essence. And it’s a job well done by director Fred Vogel.

Rating: ★½ (out of 5)

Level of Disturbance: ★★★★★ (out of 5)

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