Shout Factory has been churning out the classic horror films under their Scream factory brand, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to be bringing some new stuff to the fans as well. Their latest, Gravy features a great cast including Lily Cole, Michael Weston, Sarah Silverman, Gabourey Sidibe, Lothaire Bluteau, Molly Ephraim, Sutton Foster, and Paul Rodriguez, but can it bring the bloody fun it promises or will it be a meal not worth eating?
Gravy follows a trio of costumed misfits with very special dietary requirements who seize a Mexican cantina and force the staff to engage in a late night of gaming, food and libations on the eve of Halloween, but the catch is what or who is on the menu. There are movies that come along that are so insane that they manage to be tons of fun. Gravy isn’t too far over the top, but there is so much craziness happening it stands out on its own. Psych star James Roday has stepped behind the camera here and delivered on every level. There are crazy characters, gore and violence all wrapped up in a dark comedy like nothing else. The story is pretty simple and they do not waste a bunch of time trying to explain crap, instead they just let it happen in all its gory details. Everyone here is a little off in their own way, but the three causing the chaos are in a league of their own. There aren’t really any twists or turns, but every time things seem to be going one direction these unbalanced characters go another direction. On the gore side they do not hold back with cannibalism, blood spewing and body parts yet it remains light hearted and fun throughout. This is one of those films that you laugh out loud numerous times just due to the stupidity and ridiculous nature of it all while loving the consistant blood flow. There is one segment that seems a bit off, yet makes it fit into the film and fun to watch involving Sarah Silverman. As bizarre as it is it might be the most normal of it all.
This is one of those films that comes out of nowhere and delivers more than you might expect. Gore hounds will love the blood flow and bizarre dark comedy of it and no doubt want to watch it more than once. The ending leaves it open to possibly revisit this world on some level, but they make sure to never let you know that anyone is safe by the end. If you are a fan of blood, violence and comedy then check out Gravy when it hits Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand on October 6th.
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