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Grim ~ a REALLY grim movie!

  • Oct 12, 2000
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Grim centers around two things that should never meet up - an Ouija Board and a bat infested cave. As they always say about attorneys "Don't ask the question if you don't already know the answer" - so should it apply to Ouija Boards as well. If you aren't willing to face the consequences of whatever foul creature you call forth, then certainly don't get that board out honey.

I use the term Ouija Board here in a literal sense, it was actually a pentagram type do-dad drawn on the floor that the members of this little get together straddled like some irreverent Twister game. When the stars of this little gig decide to use their combined powers to call forth the bat cave dwelling carnivore from the depths of some netherhell, it reaches through the floor and gives the darling people quite the scare. Somehow it also makes a mental connection to one of the ladies of this bunch of neanderthals and methinks the beasty is a horny little dude!

The next day, while the lithesome creature from the night before sits and paints her toenails, her hubby goes into the next room only to return to watch his wife be pulled through the floor into the depths of hell by Grim. From this point on, investigations arise concerning caves that are under the recently high-priced homes of these suburbanites and oh, geez, a bouncy little group of the trogs decide to ‘go to the caves' and investigate the recent missing persons reports and try to find Wendy, the missing wife.

Whatever makes these city dwellers decide they can traverse the tombs of the underworld is beyond me.. Down they go on their ropes with their perky miners caps and no other provisions, looking for the lost souls and losing their own! Instead of finding the missing Wendy they discover the many sides of Hell and fall victim to the wiles of Grim. Grim is - uh - um - a particularly nasty looking beast approximately 8 feet tall and muscular, a natty orange brown color, partially covered in fur with a truly evil set of teeth. His hands, or claws, or whatever they are, end in really unattractive nails and his mouth and lips are really expressive. He looks like he just might have invented bad breath, but that is just my take. If you don't believe me, just look up there at that picture they show of the movie box - UGH!

There is nothing attractive about this movie. The directing is morosely inept and the scripting might have been done as a writing project by some illiterate 12 year olds with a word processor and a bottle of white out. Throw into the mix the overactive imagination of some sadistic sex starved egomaniac that revels in blood sport and gruesome bloodletting, you've got a flick that slaps the well intended horror fanatics in the face. As opposed to other slash and burn horror epics like Halloween or Friday, the 13th, Grim instead relies on nothing but shock value slaughter with no heroes to root for, no story follow through and horrific cinematography.

You never get an idea of who, why or what Grim is or why he has a psychic connection to the land dwellers. For the most part, it is impossible to separate the good guys from the bad guys unless their eyes get that ‘fire glow' that all monster movies seem to require. Another thing that really ticked me off about the movie is the fact that they never give you a really good shot of Grim, rather hints, innuendos, glimpses. Once in a while you get a fast face shot (well this is fortunate after all because baby Grim ain't pretty), a lot of leg and foot shots, a few arm and hand shots and the occasional retreating back. They do, however, really like to let you look into his damnable mouth with those gruesome teeth. They use a lot of red filters to let you know you are looking out through Grims eyes but otherwise the production really blows air. Don't even bother to give this thing a look unless you are a Trog that slithers through the underworld as well!

Stars (?)
Grim: Peter Tregloan
Emmanuel Xuereb, Tres Hanley, Kadamba, John Chancer, Jules DeJongh, Louise Hickson (the missing Wendy), Michael Fitzpatrick, Nesba Crenshaw, Nadia De Lemeny, Adam Tury and David Kennedy. Writer Paul Matthews, Producer Elizabeth Matthews, Director Paul Matthews, Editor Peter Matthews ...... beginning to see a pattern here! Cinematographer Alan Trow.


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The Brothers Grimm never dreamed up a creature quite so miserably hideous and bloodthirsty as this recently awakened subterranean terror. When a deranged couple leads an expedition underground to its lair their unsuspecting group suffers a gruesome fate.
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Director: Paul Matthews
Release Date: 1995
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: Image Entertainment, Inc. (September 30, 1998)
Runtime: 1hr 26min
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