Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Devlin's Domain - Gerontophilia
Thanks to Netflix people now have access to some of the weirdest movies you've never heard of. My queue is overflowing with things I intend to watch, but likely never will. Watching most of these is like opening a mystery box. . I'm going in blind, having never seen a trailer or read reviews. Sometimes it pays off, but a lot of the time it doesn't. This time I'm just confused altogether. Wtf did I just watch?
I think this is the second film from Canada to be featured in Devlin's Domain. The first being, The Peanut Butter Solution, which is worlds apart from this doozy. Apparently those damn Canadians are as strange as they are portrayed on South Park. That isn't a bad thing in my book, so hopefully no potential Canadian readers get upset aboot it. At least I know when it's time to bail out of this country I'll have some fucked up movies to watch in Canada.
This film is definitely a product of our time. LGBT community are gradually being accepted into our society after hundreds of years of prejudice and ostracism. People are finally realizing that it doesn't matter who people are screwing in the privacy of their own home as long as they are consenting adults. If you disagree with that statement, this ain't the movie for you.
Now that being said, LGBT films aren't really my cup of tea. I don't relate to the content and there aren't any monsters. This film, however, doesn't really feel like and LGBT movie to me. I didn't pick that up from the description of the film either. The title kinda drew me into this one. It's a word I wasn't familiar with, but now I'll never forget. Gerontophilia is a love for the elderly. Yep....that's a thing. Let's get into it.
Our main character is a seemingly normal teenage boy named Lake. He has a girlfriend, Desiree, and a job as a lifeguard. He's a great artist, he gets laid, he's got a good relationship with his single mom. That doesn't seem to run together quite right does it? Anyway, everything seems pretty normal at first. But then shit gets kinda weird.
While he's the lifeguard on duty, Lake like to draw in his notebook. What is he drawing? Well he's drawing half naked old people floating on top of the water. I don't see anything erotic about senior citizens in a pool, but it is definitely reflected in Lake's art. He spends a bit of time detailing the fabric wrinkles of an old man's crotch. I did see some old lady sketches as well, so his fascination doesn't seem to be gender specific.
While he's lost in his fantasies and doodling on his perch, he catches a floating body from the corner of his eye. Some old fart has managed to drown on the shallow end of the pool. He may have fallen asleep in the water, who knows. Lake pulls the guy out and starts performing CPR. Two young girls watch on and giggle as Lake starts to get erect while giving mouth to mouth. He freaks out and runs off in embarrassment.
Now that he's swapped spit with a geezer, he realizes that his fascination with the elderly has moved far past conceptual and into sexual. He starts having issues engaging in sexual activity with his girlfriend and she starts getting suspicious. For better or worse, his mother becomes a manager of a nursing home and offers him a summer job. How convenient. It's almost as if it was scripted that way.
Lake starts to bond with an elderly gay man in the nursing home named Melvyn Peabody. At first it's a friendly relationship. Then all of a sudden Lake starts giving Melvyn a long, close up, slow motion, sponge bath. He rubs the suds all across Melvyn's numerous liver spots. It's so erotic. Of course they end up making the beast with two backs. And then they show Melvyn's shriveled up, old junk which just looks like hairy bag pipes.
After a bout of extreme nausea, the scene was over and we move on to Lake discovering how they keep the old folks doped up and sedated. He feels that Melvyn still has some spunk in him, no pun intended, and wants to get him out of the nursing home and take him to the other side of Canada.
This coincides with Lake's girlfriend discovering what perversity he was indulging in. Lake's mom also finds out what is going on and starts getting wasted and proclaiming, "my son's fucking an 80 year old man!" So it's a good time to get out.
Luckily for Lake, Desiree discovers she likes girls and finds a way to cope with their break up. She starts to see him as some kind of sexual hero and decides to help him and Melvyn skip town. She delivers a line before they drive off into the sunset which sums up the whole point of the movie. She calls Lake brave for pursuing his love regardless of how society sees it. Because he is bucking traditional views of beauty and love.
So, I guess this movie kept me interested for as long as it was on. The actors playing Melvyn and Lake were real troopers for going all in on their roles. Everybody's got a price, but I'm sure they weren't compensated as much as I'd expect for scenes like that. It was a decent message they were sending with the story although the path they took to deliver it would likely turn most people away.
Some of the scenes in this film definitely had my stomach churning. Maybe I shouldn't have been eating while I watched it. IMDB score is 6.3 and I'll say that's pretty close to what I'd rate it. It was good, but if it wasn't for the strangeness of Lake's sexual preference this would probably be a boring movie.
I'll be Dragoncon bound this weekend and it'll be the first time I've ever been. So hopefully something there will inspire my next entry into Devlin's Domain. Until next time...
About Me: I have a couple of different aliases, but for this column I will use my middle name. I am Devlin and I currently reside in Atlanta, GA. 3About Me: I have a couple of different aliases, but for this column I will use my middle name. I am Devlin and I currently reside in Atlanta, GA. 33 years of age and still feeling immortal. Former Rockstar, current Pro Wrestler and hell, I'm still a Rockstar at heart. I got my first taste of obscure cinema when I was about 8 years old. My Dad would take us to the video store every weekend to stock up on classic horror films to watch on his projector. They were mostly harmless, PG-rated horror films like the great Universal monster movies. Then one night he rented a movie for himself to watch after we had gone to bed. I was so intrigued by this film that I wasn't allowed to see. I begged and begged and he eventually caved. That night I was exposed to a film unlike anything I had seen before. Ever since that night I wanted to find more films that gave me that same sensation. I wanted to feel shock and disgust. I found my place in the Horror aisle. The film I watched was Faces of Death. Thanks Dad.