A movie directed by Eli Roth
Six friends find themselves at the center of a culinary nightmare during a weekend trip to Blackstock Farm in the British countryside. With no responsibilities and home-cooked meals prepared by their matronly host, it seemed like the perfect recipe for … see full wiki
Gnaw is a wish-it-were movie. A significant talent was spent doing what is largely—though not totally—a work of a throwaway nature.
The film is typical for the slasher genre. A group of friends goes to a remote or at least bucolic setting for some quality time. In this case three women and three men go to an inviting manor in the English countryside. Due to arguments and shenanigans, the group of six dwindles as this sort of film demands; however, there are a couple of decent twists, so I will go no further with the summary.
Everything has occurred many times in myriad movies. At this point, 30ish years since the first of the true teen slasher flicks were churned out, what can be new? “Crickets” yea, exactly. The six “good guys” and unnumbered “bad guys” are actors playing type since character is essentially impossible, 6+ actors in search of a better story maybe? They run and scream and hack and bleed and meet their ends as well as their peers have done for decades, so the spirit remains alive(ish) and well.
The talent spent on a wish-it-were a better movie is the camerawork/vision. Gnaw is director Gregory Mandry’s first film. His sense of space and control is evident so early on that I had no trouble sitting through the otherwise forgettable flick. This carries into the gory parts also. The sound is truly gross in these scenes, so mute it or stop up the ears if the sounds are too much, just don’t close the eyes.
Mr. Mandry is given a positively dreadful title and a derivative plot. He seems to say, To hell with it. No one is really going to care how I shoot the thing so I’m going to make a Dead Poet’s Society with hacked up horny Brits in place of the upper class boarding school runts. If I’m correct about this thought process, then it worked.
In all sincerity, the film is worth all 90 minutes based on Mr. Mandry’s talent alone.
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