Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The Ghouls--AKA Cannibal Dead (2003)
Call me a sucker for a well shot trailer. Especially ones that ape the style seen in B-movies, complete with their use of hyper adjectives-- i.e., 'Prepare yourself to be aghast by unsightly and unspeakable horrors!' In the end, the trailer and some decent practical effects are about the only things going for this film.
The lowliest of low reporters scours the means streets of Los Angeles looking for the worst examples of human nature. He records people mid act, captures the violence occuring, and sells the footage to low-rent producers to make a dime. A notch below the paparazzi, when he's not spending time roaming the city looking for his next paycheck, he's getting shitfaced and chain smoking like crazy at the local dive every night.
One night, he comes upon someone being ripped to shreds by a trio of fugly vagrants but they aren't your normal run of the mill dregs. He thinks he's captured the greatest footage ever but when he goes to try and sell it, he finds out that he forgot to put a tape into his camera. D'oh!
He heads back out the next night with his buddy and despite an ominous warning from a guy who's wandering the streets, they proceed to set up shop. Its not long before the flesh hungry demons come out again and start up with their nightly feedings. While attempting to catch footage, the buddy of the reporter is attacked and dragged down to the sewers where the family of ghoulies live. The end sees the reporter go after his friend, taking a pistol to the ghouls with little to no fight from them and he saves the day. Hooray!
And thats about it really. Overall, the film is pretty mediocre. I've certainly seen A LOT worse but this one really had more potential. The lackluster ending made it feel as though the filmmaker didn't no where else to take things. Choppy camera work and incoherent scene transitions aside (I let that slide when it comes to most indie horror fare), there is not enough here to like and I wish I had spent my time and rental money elsewhere. I can appreciate what was being attempted and somewhere in the mix a better movie could probably be had.
Searching the interwebs, I can't find the trailer that I saw on my cable's On Demand service. Which could be evidence enough of just how much confidence (or lack thereof) the filmmakers have in their film.
Cortez the Killer