CANNIBAL FLESH RIOT!
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Hub and Stash, two decidely chummy ghouls, take a stroll through a cemetary, in search of their next meal.
Is it good movie?
I was pleasantly surprised with Cannibal Flesh Riot, as it provided me with a half an hour of gothic entertainment that was lighthearted and stylish.
Cannibal Flesh Riot begins with an introduction from creator/director Gris Grimly, as he clearly makes the distinction between zombies, vampires and ghouls; a scene I thought was both humorous, and informative. The film then kicks off as we see two old-school looking ghouls (complete with pale face and black eye makeup) bumbling through a cemetary, looking for the next grave to rub, and thus, their next meal.
There really isn't a lot to be said that's negative here, folks. This whole thing is played for laughs, and not at all for chills. It is reminiscent of a psychobilly frontman's dream (which is not surprising, as a co-collaborator on this project was Peter Sandorff, formerly of the Nekromantix), with greasepaint galore and a neat soundtrack to boot.
You'll also notice subtle homages to horror master H.P Lovecraft, with mentions of Cthulu and a decidely Lovecraftian beast you'll love near the film's end. Not to mention, the dialogue is funny as hell. Hub and Stash are bantering back and forth, one talking about the fine delicacies of eating flesh with spices and dressings, the other talking about how he has a fear of condiments due to a commercial he saw as a child. The dialogue is razor sharp, and clever as can be. Solid stuff, a great anchor for the film.
There's even some old-school stop motion animation to be found in this Riot, which I dug immensely. The whole black-and-white, old school feel simply worked for me. If I had to complain about anything, it might be just that the end didn't make perfect sense to me. I know what happened, but exactly why, i'm not sure. Still though, that didn't take away from my enjoyment of that scene, or the film in general.
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Cannibal Flesh Riot educated me, humored me, and entertained me, and at the end of the day, who could ask for anything more? I'd be pleased to see more of Gris Grimly in the future, perhaps a full length, animated film? I'd love to see what he could do with Nightmare Before Christmas, or something similar. Find this, watch it, dig it.