My friend Joe discovered this Wisconsin-made indie monstrosity at the Cinema Wasteland con. I couldn’t resist and picked up the autographed (“Get Some Head”) Collector’s Edition DVD from Briarwood Entertainment. Swamphead (2013) is a funny, potentially offensive, and definitely vulgar hommage to countless floating head films from the 50’s-70’s. The film has a 80’s vibe to it with characters dressed in rugby jerseys, big glasses and cinematography with numerous point of view steady cam shots. It is worth a peak, but don’t invite your grandmother.
The story is simple enough —a diver finds an ancient dagger at the bottom of a midwestern lake.
The relic unleashes the floating pissed-off disconnected head of Robert Gross (aka Swamphead) who seeks out and chews up everything including a dog, a Cabelas deer target, and several stupid teenagers. The first victim is the diver who proudly displays the dagger on a shelf. The guys is shredded in a swimming pool by Swamphead. This prompts a hilarious forensic investigation and floating turd inspection.
“….and I don’t want anything falling through the cracks….”
The severed head of Robert Gross goes on a killing rampage. In all of filmdom I can say with certainty that I’ve never seen anything quite like Swamphead. I love how he shakes with rage and lunges forward like one of the killer lepus in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). Swamphead doesn’t hold back −the movie is right in your face with this incredible prosthetic head that just demolishes flesh. Rrrrrraaaaarrrrr.
Directors Justin Propp and Dustin Drover have actually fabricated a fairly entertaining movie, probably best viewed after drinking several beers. Hey, I didn’t spot a single suspension wire! I wish I had seen the morning screening with fans at Cinema Wasteland. My only complaint would be the reliance on poop humor throughout most of the film. I’m not a big fan of poop. However, if you are looking for a film about a ravenous pissed-off head then this is your film.
Plus it has the immortal line:
Damn you Swamphead!