The Sadness

The Sadness

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A brain-affecting pandemic swallows a country into chaos in this horror-thriller from Taiwan. More

After a year fighting a pandemic with relatively benign symptoms, a frustrated nation finally lets its guard down. This is when the virus spontaneously mutates, giving rise to a mind-altering plague. The streets erupt into violence and depravity, as those infected are driven to enact the most cruel and ghastly things imaginable—murder, torture, rape and mutilation are only the beginning. A young couple is pushed to the limits of sanity as they try to reunite amid the chaos. The age of civility and order is no more. There is only "The Sadness".

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202199 minsTaiwanMachi Xcelsior Studios
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The Sadness | Reviews

This ultra-ULTRA-violent Taiwanese flick is a fantastic addition to the crazed maniacs horror subgenre. It’s not very original plot-wise, but is original where it matters: with its glorious amounts of gore.

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Paste

Paste

The film is transgressive in its violence without being inexcusably vile...

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

The Sadness lacks momentum (and) it begins to feel like a series of episodic gross-outs more than anything with rising action or honest tension.

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Newshub

Newshub

The Sadness is wildly entertaining from beginning to end with a wonderful rhythm and pace, and some truly inventive carnage...

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Film Threat

Film Threat

Rob Jabbaz’s brutal, breathless Taiwanese horror splatter fest The Sadness is decidedly not for the faint-hearted.

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Bloody Disgusting

Bloody Disgusting

It’s a vicious anthem that keeps you in its grip, forces you to stare into the abyss, and dares you to look away.

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Film School Rejects

Film School Rejects

This is horror that hits you in the gut while testing both your limitations and your gag reflex.

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Slash Film

Slash Film

Jabbaz brings extreme terror with a surprisingly insightful topical twist...

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National Post

National Post

As a commentary on the current pandemic, it’s a little too debauched to really function as satire.

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The Sadness | Release Details

The Sadness is available to stream in New Zealand now on Shudder.