Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Ashley Bryce and Gunnar Hansen Mark Chavez
Ashley Bryce and Gunnar Hansen
What's it about
The son of Charles Manson and a group of wannabe killers descend onto a small town to kill as many of the townsfolk as possible.
Is it good movie?
Ever sit down to watch a movie that you know will be serious but after a while you realize you canʼt take it seriously? Thatʼs what I got from watching Gimme Skelter. Not that it's completely bad, far from it, but there were several things that took the bite out of this puppy for me.
First of all, almost everyone in this small town comes off as stupid or unlikable. This is what came to mind as I watched people cheat on their lovers, or at least discuss it. Some characters just came off as being dumb, which is ok for some characters as the comic relief, but when everyone comes off like that, I don't have any emotional attachment to them and don't care whether they live or die.
The next thing, which really ties into the first reason, is the acting can be really goofy at times. It was hard to take things seriously when I was rolling my eyes and laughing at how some of the dialog is delivered. And what was Gunnar Hansen (a.k.a. the original Leatherface) doing in this movie? His character contributed nothing to the movie except to up the body count by one.
The film does deliver on the staples of horror movies, however. Bloody stabbings get everything covered in gore as well as some rather nice boobage kept me in the movie when I started nodding off. I also enjoyed the soundtrack that was put together, better than what you'd expect in this type of movie. In the end, it just wasn't enough to win me over completely.
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We get a decent commentary with director Scott Phillips.
A few funny outtakes are included, pretty funny stuff.
A couple short video blogs added a bit of needed context too.
Finally the trailer, a still gallery and a music video by The Dirty Novels round out the disc.
You can tell that the makers really cared about the movie they were making, makes me wish I could've liked it more.
I really wanted to like Gimme Skelter, the idea was good enough, but the silliness really took the edge off what could've been a thrilling slaughterfest.