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GOREGOYLES 2
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Alexandre Michaud, Miles Finlayson

Starring:
Marco Calliari
Ryan Greenacre
Sebastien Croteau

Movie:  
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Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
Two tales of terror are told in this anthology.

Clean: A suicidal serial killer decides to do something right in his life by joining a club for murderers only to turn the tables and put them out of their misery.

The Walkers: A couple with a troubled marriage commit a robbery only to have their car break down and they run into the woods to escape the police. They are being pusued by a pair of cops who also manage to get lost in the woods. After a week lost in the woods, all four characters begin losing their grip on sanity,and go to certain lengths to stay alive.
Is it good movie?

Clean: This tale has it's heart (and other vital organs) in the right place. It's got a solid story about a psychopath who wants to do something good in his life before he dies, but that's about all it has going for it. I hate to bring down a flick that everyone obviously seemed to enjoy to make (during the end credits the actors and crew were laughing and dancing around, having fun) but in the end all I'm looking for is to be entertained and Clean didn't quite cut it. Shot on a shoe-string budget, I'm learning to forgive the shaky camera and amateur acting, but the poor french-to-english dubbing didn't make the movie any easier to watch. Why is it when most films gets dubbed, they're always done so dramatically? And while the film is only fifty minutes long, there were a few scenes that dragged on too long simply to bulk up the runtime. That time could've been better invested in more character and story development.

However, I don't come simply as a bearer of bad news, as there is some definite enjoyment to be had. The money can definitely seen in the gore effects, which may be the only reason to watch the movie in the first place. There's plenty of slashing, stabbing and intestine grabbing fun for all; the "snuff" scene is the bee's knees. Also, kudos to the surprisingly good heavy and death metal soundtrack, I was grooving to most of the tunes that played throughout the movie by such bands as Sexhead, Anonymous and The Project Hate.

When all is said and done though, if you're looking for your gore fix, there's only a couple scenes in this one that deliver the goods. The rest is just social commentary wrapped around cheesy dubbing, and it doesn't taste very good.

The Walkers : This bad boy is definitely the better of the two films by far. The story was richer and definitely had more than enough meat to fill the fifty minutes runtime. The characters are far more developed and I really appreciate that in any film, it's vital to successful horror in my opinion. The acting probably had a hand in that, as it was better than I'd ever expected it to be. And despite the low budget it had, everything about the movie comes off looking much better than in Clean.

The only downside would be that for a movie featured on a disc called Goregoyles, it had very little in the way of the sauce. Other than a hacked off leg, it was pretty dry, especially when compared to it's predecessor. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how well the film came off so the lack of blood didn't really bother me. This is definitely the movie on the disc to check out.
Video / Audio
Both of these flicks are shot on widescreen DV, but I can't tell the ratio as it's not listed, and neither are the audio properties.
The Extras
Goregoyles contains a few features. The main morsel is a filmmaker's feature about both films' directors chatting about their films while having a few brews. It's nice to hear what they were going for while making their movies, I can tell they really believed in what they were doing (ie: making sick movies).

Other than this feature, there are just trailers and a few brief video biographies of the filmmakers.
Last Call
This little collection is comprised of two Canadian-made independent films made on incredibly thin budgets, so expectations can only be so high. I tried to enjoy Clean for the story and gore but it didn't come off so well; it could've been much more. The Walkers on the other hand, was the better film, and makes this disc worth watching if you're into it.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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