Last week, we touched upon the first chapter of this special five-part Catching Up at the Video Store feature, “College is a Real Killer”. With all those titles focusing on students receiving a free education in Death 101 out of the way, my stack of DVDs has lowered slightly, but there are still an awful lot of horror flicks just-a-clamoring for attention. In fact, they’re more than willing to cut and beat you just so you’ll watch them — no matter how familiar some of their formulas may be to you. And it is in honor of their devotion to horrific duties that I dub this installment “Slashed, Bashed and Rehashed.”
· Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver (2010) (Full Moon Features)
The Short Version: Oh, no, you didn’t! Seriously, you didn’t, did you?
The Slightly-Elongated Version: For those of you who feel life isn’t precious enough to warrant watching your average, run-of-the-mill schlock films, you can rest assured that there are always movies like the Gingerdead Man series to cause you to question any notion you may have as to what sanity is. In this, the third film about a killer cookie (yes, I said “killer cookie”), the titular slasher jumps back in time to the ‘70s (hence the film’s barely-witty subtitle) and begins massacring the contestants of a roller boogie. No wonder disco died, eh? It’s up to a young lass with the power of telekinesis to save the day. Somehow. My brain hurts.
· Grim (2010) (Troma Entertainment)
The Short Version: Gr.
The Slightly-Elongated Version: Few films with single-word titles dare to actually live up to them. In the case of Grim, it’s not exactly clear as to whether or not director/producer/writer/editor Adrian Santiago was out to make a film with a bleak nature, or if it was in his nature to make a bleak film. The story here — set in a future where America’s economy has collapsed (fiction for sure!) — involves a lad named Nicolas Grim, who is out to avenge the murder of his family when he was a young boy. Upon tracking down the men who rubbed his relatives out, he finds they’re part of a private army now — to wit he declares a small case of war on the scumbags.