THE GRUESOME DEATH OF TOMMY PISTOL
The Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol is a film that Aramis Sartorio has made based around his Tommy Pistol alter ego. Although the film does employ some pornographic actors Sartorio/Pistol as the lead in all three segments and the wraparound, Karen/Gia Paloma, and Daisy Sparks in the third episode it is not a pornographic film. Sartorio originally made it as a series of short films and these have been compiled/expanded to make a full-length film along with the addition of a wraparound that vaguely explains them as the dreams of the Tommy during a porn and penis-pump induced dream, depressed after his wife has left him. All of the segments feel like they have been intended down around the level of the average Troma film that is to say, played out in a frenetically farcical tone, aimed directly for gross-out and bad taste effect amid plentiful absurd gore effects, and with the performances (usually all amateurs) played at a cartoonish level.
There is a mild amusement to the first segment Snuff Said a naive actor thinks he is getting a chance at the big time unaware that he is being cast in a snuff film that is quickly lost amid the episodes constant loud and cartoonish overstatement. Aramis Sartorios playing of the naive simplicity of the unworldwise Tommy gets annoyingly OTT after a time, although there is one fine scene where Sartorio gives a seemingly off-the-cuff piece of improv direct to the camera about where he came from and his aspirations in the industry while sitting on a ladder. The segment does feature some entertainingly ridiculous deaths a woman cheese gratered to death, another having her breasts gouged out with a juice squeezer.
The second episode 10 Seconds of Fame starts well with Sartorio satirising a Hollywood film shoot and the characters to be found on the set. Alas, the segment loses it about the point that it steps over into genre territory and Sartorio puts on the skin of Arnold Schwarzenegger which looks exactly like they didnt even bother to make the effort when it came to makeup effects and just settled for wrapping pieces of ill-fitting plastic sheeting around Sartorio. The episode slows right down when it comes to the extended fight between Sartorio and Camilla Lin.
The third and final episode Attack of the Staph Spider is the most Troma-esque of the stories. The episode takes place on a porn film set and features some moderately explicit scenes of Daisy Sparks performing. It is a segment where you get the impression that Aramis Sartorio set out to make the exact opposite of one of his porn films and emphasise the gross and disgusting be it Daisy Sparks popping massive pimples on her ass, masturbating with a dildo while covered in oozing sores or John Karyus as a baldingly nerdy production lackey who licks puss off toilet seats and is dressed in grotesque drag to play the female performer in a scene. At least you say that Aramis Sartorio succeeds in terms of his apparent goal of grossing his audience out.
Aramis Sartorio subsequently went onto direct the zombie porn films Beyond Fucked: A Zombie Odyssey (2013) and The Walking Dead: A Hardcore Parody (2013).