Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Film Review: GRIM (1995)

A group of people decide to have a séance and unwillingly release an ancient creature that dwells beneath the caverns of their house.  This is the set up for the film Grim (1995) in which one of these members of the séance is partially possessed and a second one is linked to the creature.  These two join a group of spelunkers who are investigating the caverns in the area because they are drawn to the creature and its home.  As the spelunkers venture deeper into the caverns they realize that one by one they are being picked off one by one and that this creature that inhabits the caverns can move through walls and get them where ever and whenever it wants.

For monster lovers the creature of Grim may be its biggest draw but time has not been kind to this film as the immobility of the monsters facial expressions have rendered the creature laughable in the many close ups given to the monster (films of the ‘90s loved to show off their monster where it was warranted or not).  The film is not without its merits though as the cinematography is rather good for this type of film but this can also be attributed to the production design given to the caverns which is a character in itself.

This is not a great film (mainly because the ‘90s where littered with monster films with varying degrees of success) but it’s one of those films that fans of cheesy monster films will enjoy.

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