Traces Of Death 5 Film Set
All five Traces of Death films.
"Traces of Death is a collection of archive film and borrowed stock footage, notorious for its pointless exploitative content. In its opening you see the death of a woman named Maritza Martin, who was gunned down by her ex-husband on Spanish language television. We then witness British SAS troopers storming the Iranian Embassy in 1980, this is followed by a police chase of a criminal in a pick up truck and the deadly finale. It then goes to footage of animal experiments with a grizzly scene of a live pig being burned alive with a torch. Autopsy footage is then shown of an Asian individual. We are then shown a very graphic presentation on a male to female sex change operation. One interesting scene has a man who had his nasal cavity removed and replaced with a prosthetic. The producers then suddenly return to the death theme with the well known footage of R Budd Dwyer and his on air suicide with a .357 Magnum, followed by a look at one of the most notorious Nazi villains, Ilsa Koch and her sick collection of concentration camp victim tattoos which she turned into book covers, lampshades and wallets. The closing has some stock footage of a funeral and an animal attack." - Some Dude On IMDB
"This successor to “Faces of Death” collection is a collection of archive film and borrowed stock footage. In its opening you see the death of a woman named Maritza Martin, who was gunned down by her ex-husband on Spanish language television. We then witness British SAS troopers storming the Iranian Embassy in 1980, this is followed by a police chase of a criminal in a pick up truck and the deadly finale. It then goes to footage of animal experiments with a grizzly scene of a live pig being burned alive with a torch. Autopsy footage is then shown of an Asian individual. We are then shown a very graphic presentation on a male to female sex change operation. One interesting scene has a man who had his nasal cavity removed and replaced with a prosthetic, the footage is most interesting and worth the price of admission." - TMDB
"This is the best of the series or of any similar gore film series! It keeps the narration cheese level down and the much more appropriate, Death Metal cranked up! Apparently, there are actually gore hounds that don't like Death Metal, (although, I have never personally met one) and they all seemed to have written a review complaining about the soundtrack to this film. I believe this film's soundtrack to be far superior and more appropriate for the visuals you see, making this "movie" the best of the bunch. I guess if you prefer to see a human body destroyed to the spaced out synthesizer soundtrack from Logan's Run, stick with the first one. Me? I will take Unleashed's Swedish Death Metal soundtrack for the win!
Beyond that, it's more of the same as the first one (which I assume you have seen if you're reading this.) In a nutshell, it's a plethora of nasty bits of real Ultra Violence splattering your screen and your dreams for over an hour. There's some narration telling the viewer what they're seeing and that's the basic concept.
Accidents, executions, suicides, punishments, murders, a sex change and at least one act of revenge that is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Seriously, it's probably the most satisfying death to be displayed in any of the five films. Obviously this film is not for everyone. I own the 5 DVD collection, so I guess that says something about me.
Death + Death Metal is a winning combination!" - Some Dude On IMDB
"Keep Your Hearts Black.” Another grisly installment. With the help of Relapse Records, the death metal game continues to be on point as it accompanies scenes of tribal female and male circumcision, shenanigans of the El Salvadorian Death Squads and many other atrocities caught on film. You get a bit of an intermission with the middle potion devoted to some extreme Motorsport crashes." - Some Dude On Letterboxd
"... well, this confused mish-mash of clips provides just that. This video was clearly thrown together by someone with no more equipment than a digital titler and two home VCRs.
Whilst most of the more famous Mondo/shockumentary films have some kind of context, this is totally abandoned in TRACES OF DEATH in favour of unrelenting, and unrelated, violence. All of the footage was stolen from other Mondos, which should immediately invalidate the narrator's ("Brain Damage", aka Damon Fox, presumably also the individual responsible for editing this mess together) hammed-up claims that TOD is "the world's FIRST all-real shockumentary!".
Some of the movies plundered here include SWEET AND SAVAGE, SHOCKING ASIA, DAYS OF FURY and FACES OF DEATH III. Whilst I wouldn't EVER go so far as to recommend a Mondo film, you'd be better off checking out those original movies rather than this one. The true "art" in Mondo film-making is building a context, and even an (often dubious!) social commentary around the footage in question, creating a (potentially) watchable and thought-provoking shock-fest. TRACES OF DEATH does none of this. It is truly a Mondo for the "Beavis And Butthead" generation. And if this doesn't scare you off, be warned that the entire film has a Relapse Records death/grind metal sound-track..." - Some Dude On IMDB
"The fourth entry in the "Traces of Death" series stays on the same track as the previous films by showing scenes of real life violent deaths and gory accidents caught on film. This volume shows scenes of birth defects, tumors, leprosy, different piercings of the male and female genitalia and even midget wrestling, and like the previous entries this ones definitely not for the squeamish." - Some Dude On IMDB
"Probably the best since the first, but gets a bit repetitive towards the end. Thankfully the racing accidents are kept to a minimum." - Some Dude On Letterboxd
"When they say to play nothing but the hits, this is what they’re referring to. Rock and roll brother" - Some Other Dude On Letterboxd
"The fifth sequel of the self-proclamed "first true shockumentary" series, dealing mostly with real life graphic violence and its aftermath caught on video." - IMDB
"One of the more vile installments. Plenty of footage for fans. This brought on a new video audience with their extreme backyard wrestling and suspension footage as your intermission in this one. That last sequence, showcasing the highway, shotgun suicide is one of the most haunting things one might see. There is plenty to leave you uncomfortable and haunted. All good thing things must come to an end though. The “Traces...” run is complete" - Some Dude On Letterboxd
"The self-proclamed “first true shockumentary” finale. I don't think I would enjoy anything other than the first one if not for its 90s DIY standards. I remember how I was afraid of these VHSs at São Paulo video rental stores circa 96 when my mother's cousin used to show me its covers and tell me precisely about the content. Maybe that was among the traumatic reasons why I remember so much about my early childhood? I did similar to other kids from relatives that were bothering me, btw. I don't know if had the same impact, kids nowadays are so technologic, they just kept growing up annoying." - Some Other Dude On Letterboxd