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THE GRAND HORROR
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: MaT Kister

Starring:
T.J. Roe
Jeremy Cech
Pam Ring

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
One of the most important elements in horror has to be the location. If you can create a scary story out of an abandoned shopping mall or a “haunted” house then you may be able to pull off an interesting horror film. This might be exactly what the makers of The Grand Horror were going for. The ultra low budget thriller was shot at the Grand Theatre in downtown Grand Island, Nebraska. They put together a group of college students for a very cheap horror flick that surprisingly has its moments.
Is it good movie?

One of the most important elements in horror has to be the location. If you can create a scary story out of an abandoned shopping mall or a “haunted” house then you may be able to pull off an interesting horror film. This might be exactly what the makers of The Grand Horror were going for. The ultra low budget thriller was shot at the Grand Theatre in downtown Grand Island, Nebraska. They put together a group of college students for a very cheap horror flick that surprisingly has its moments.

The assembled casts of characters are all amateurs and boy does it show. I did find that both T.J. Roe and especially Jeremy Cech are by far the best of the bunch. The rest of the actors fail to generate any interest or sympathy, especially Pam Ring who is comic relief with her awful performance. She has a moment of pure hilarity as she has a breakdown talking about watching loved ones die. Trust me; you’ve got to see it to believe it. But bad acting aside, something worked here. As it starts off as a simple, “Hey, let’s make a zombie movie… I’ve got a camera!” ends up being a slightly interesting homage to giallo films. From the punctured eye to the repeated stabbings of another character, I got the feeling that these folks are fans of shockers like The House by the Cemetery or Suspiria.

The plot follows six survivors of a zombie attack who make their way into an old abandoned theatre; the zombie’s do not follow. Why is that you may ask? Well, this old theatre has some secrets. The owner went crazy years ago and slaughtered the guests and his workers alike. Some say the ghosts still haunt the premises. Well, if they are ghosts, that kind of makes some sense because when these oozing and bloody ghouls get close to the victims, the fodder hardly seem to notice them at all, even when they are standing right next to them. But when this story takes over, it becomes fairly compelling of a watch. I liked the use of plastic surrounding the murder scenes and the “void” in which the victims find themselves in. This went from being just a really cheap, badly acted zombie flick to a very cheap, yet somewhat entertaining blood bath with ghouls and monsters that would be comfortable in an Italian horror classic.
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It would be a crime to trash The Grand Horror for its bad acting, awful dialogue and boom mike in the frame because there is heart here. The gore effects are surprisingly successful and Mr. Jeremy Cech is quite good considering the script. But what really made this stand out was the interesting idea behind it. It’s part Night of the Living Dead, part Demons and a little bit of The Shining. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still cheap as hell and amateurish, but it is still a satisfactory horror show.
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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