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Black Metal's Spinal Tap, Legalize Murder About To Release DVD

By Newsferatu, Writer
Thursday, May 3, 2007 @ 9:49 AM


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From the BBC:

Legalize Murder - a comedy about a "black metal" band - was made for £1,000 by Joseph Salerno, Nick Warden and Phillip Adams, from Pembrokeshire.

The film was initially a serialized podcast, but was made feature length and posted on a video sharing site where it received thousands of views.

After its unexpected success, the trio now plan to make a series of sequels.

The spoof documentary - described as a cross between This Is Spinal Tap and The Office - satirises "black metal" music.

The plot follows a journalist who arrives in a small west Wales town to spend time with the band Legalize Murder.

Initially a serialized podcast, Legalize Murder was edited together to become a feature-length film and placed onto a video sharing website where it began to attract thousands of views.

During the three months the film was available for free download, it reached over 66,000 views.

Salerno, Warden and Adams, all 26, wrote, produced and directed the film, which was made "for fun" after they finished university.

Salerno said: "Originally, it wasn't meant to be seen by anyone else - it was made out of boredom after we had finished university.

"I suppose it was one last stand - we didn't want to grow up.

"But one of the people who helped make it put it up on the internet.

"Within weeks it had 70,000 downloads and it was appearing on more and more sites as people shared it."

Salerno said the film's humour was "not in your face" describing its style as a cross between TV's The Office and classic spoof documentary This is Spinal Tap.

Legalize Murder has received positive reviews from a series of music magazines and is being released on DVD on sale in major high street stores in June.

Salerno said he was "shocked" at the film's success but that sequels were planned.

"We've already written a follow-up centring around the main character [journalist Dominic Dalrymple]," he said.

"We want to use this film to start a series and there are six more in the pipeline."


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