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GRIM
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Adrian Santiago

Starring:
Christopher Dimock
Scott A. Mollette
Niko Red Star
Brandi Price

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Set in a future where the American economy has fully collapsed, Nicholas Grim seeks revenge for the brutal murder of his parents by the leader of a corrupt Texas militia.
Is it good movie?
Well, I must admit that firstly I'm not a huge Troma fan. They're essentially bargain basement horror that gives young directors a platform to fire a cannon of ideas against the wall to see what sticks. They do a lot of stuff that is weird, ultra low-budget and at times bordering on porn.

Unfortunately, Grim doesn't do a whole lot to change my opinion of the studio. Anyway, the economy has collapsed and it's sort of mob rule in the smaller rural areas of the USA. The local militia are a group of bullies and Nick Grim's parents get killed early on for running afoul of one of these groups. Nick gets taken in by a friendly couple who nurture him and teach him how to use a gun. Do you think anything might happen to those surrogate parents? Well, you're a step ahead.

This movie is dull and super low-budget with some decent ideas that just don't get fleshed out properly. The acting is brutal, even for a low budget movie. The actors get distracted and seem to screw up their lines all too often.

The flick does have some relatively tense moments, but the pacing is brutal and this is another one of those movies where key moments are told through narration rather than actually shown to the audience. This creates some big lulls among some relatively neat action scenes.

If there are any props to be given to this movie, its that the style is somewhat pleasing and well woven. It feels like a low down, nasty old revenge flick and doesn't rise above that. Other than that, there's no real oomph to the movie. I just didn't know what the whole 'point' to the movie was and nothing carried any honest or true emotional sentiment.

Give director Adrian Santiago a budget and I'd like to see what he can do. He clearly made this movie from nothing and worked his ass off doing it. If nothing else, this movie is a good early showcase of some of his talent.

This movie is promoted as "The Most F*cked up Film of the Year" and that is a drastic and inaccurate statement, to say the least.
Video / Audio
Grim is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen and looks really good, although cheap. Colors are good and video really isn't a problem.

Audio comes only in 2.0 Dolby digital and sounds okay.
The Extras
The flick starts with a throwaway intro from Lloyd Kaufman and Debbie Rochon. It runs about 2 minutes long and is nothing special.

There's also a director commentary with Adrian Santiago, which is worth listening to. Santiago is interesting and full of candid information about making a film with almost no budget. he leaves some pauses in the track, but for a one-man deal he does a good job.

This disc comes with the same thing they put on every disc, the Tromatic Extras which consists of a few short bits to promote the studio.

You also get a slideshow of gory pictures, and a trailer for Grim.
Last Call
This film never really pulled me in or captivated me. It has a few cool violent moments and neat stylistic ideas but a low budget, poor editing and less than stellar cast stop me from recommending 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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