Sunday, October 16, 2016

Blood Art: The Dark Stranger (2015)

The Dark Stranger (2015)
Rating: ****
Starring: Katie Findlay, Stephen McHattie, Enrico Colantoni

Surely, many of us in the creative medium felt that uncomfortable and saddening feeling of uncertainty, questioning ourselves whether we are really cut out to do the things we do, may it be music, art, acting, or, heck, even writing. Many of us learn to overcome it and accept whatever flaws we have to move forward, while others give in to this feeling and ends up wallowing in their own despair.

The Dark Stranger approaches this subject with an amalgamation of drama, dark fantasy and even a little bit of supernatural slasher, as we follow a young graphic artist named Leah Garrison go down a path of self-harm, isolation and depression, in guilt of her artist mother's breakdown and suicide some time ago. Her remaining family, a dotty father and a teenage rocker brother, tries their best to live a normal life past the incident and this includes agreeing with a local art associate to have the late Mrs. Garrison's paintings showcased for an art show.

This, however, sets into motion a series of unnatural occurrences, one of which the arrival of The Dark Stranger, a villain inspiring Leah to start a fantasy comic paralleling her life, but at the cost of further harming herself and deterioration of her own psyche. The further she draws, the more the Stranger crosses into the real world, thus it's only a matter of time and will before the spirit gains power over Leah and have her for himself.

Lacking double digit killings or sexualized victims, The Dark Stranger hardly counts as a slasher if it wasn't for the titular villain, who is basically a more art-oriented take on A Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy Krueger targeting and torturing artists into killing themselves so he can take their souls, the source of his powers. And while many may argue that emotional and psychological torture-induced suicide barely qualify as a slasher trope (and more of the infamous torture porn sub-genre's), the Stranger actually has the freedom to kill off others who got in the way of his plans, which meant the movie could have easily filled a good deal of its time racking up a bodycount.

Instead, The Dark Stranger tries to do a more developed story by pretty much focusing on the effects of depression on those who are suffering from it as well as to the people around them. This surprisingly works pretty well with the talent involved as well as the kind of tone the movie sets itself to. A great bunch of the talent involved help make this approach workable, mainly actress Katie Findlay who plays our lead, Leah, giving the role a rather approachable kind of cold shoulder, one that you can see is trying to get past her troubles and understand the inconveniences she is becoming, despite being forlorn and snarky. There's also TV actor Enrico Colantoni taking in the role of Leah's father with the kind of warmth and concern you would see from a struggling well-meaning single patriarch of two, which sort of reminds of the changed-of-heart Mr. Dennis Johnson from A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child.

And then, of course, we have  Stephen McHattie in a dual role of Randall Thoth, a mysterious art enthusiast, and The Stranger. In all honesty, I think there wasn't enough of McHattie here to fully ground the villain since the Stranger mostly appeared in his comic book form during the (simple yet expressively) animated segments and the majority of his live appearances were a few minute of scares and one murder. (And don't get me started on his role as Randall. Remember that random scene in Jeepers Creepers 2 where that one cheerleader suddenly gets the answer to what the Creeper is? Randall is basically that.) Still, I think his role did fairly better than the rest of the cast I'm yet to mention, basically Mark O'Brien, Alex Ozerov and Jennifer Dale as Leah's love interest, brother and psychiatrist respectively. It's not like they were badly portrayed, just dipping a little on the laughably cliched end.

In regards to the theme of mental illness, the film's approach to this subject is somewhat subtle as it shows a closely realistic take of the condition compared to many other horror films out there, treating it as a phase that could either lead to something better (acceptance and forgiveness) or worse (self-destruction). The presence of the supernatural wasn't even that obvious and could have been all under the protagonists's mental lapses until the last act, the one part of the movie that I see as its only real drawback; instead of further mixing the idea of the illness into the horror plot, The Dark Stranger more or less threw out all of the development regarding the character's depression and dives straight into pure horror movie territory. While I don't have a big gripe against this decision, they could have either done a Babadook-style ending where both psychological and horror themes were played with much thought and understanding, or (should they really want a purebred horror conclusion) they could have done a much grander approach like, I dunno, a more satisfying fight between Leah and The Stranger? Or at least have them animated to stay true to the movie's art theme?

Still, while the movie has these amateur moments and missed opportunities, what we have now could have been so much worse as, for all we know, the villain would have ended up being another wisecrack-a-minute slasher and our lead could have been another Laurie Strode from Rob Zombie's second Halloween movie. (Yeah, I made that comparison) The Dark Stranger is not going to quench a lot of bloodlust or choke you with a monumental kill count, it is an interesting watch especially for those with an artistic outlet (like yours truly!) and I do hope there will be more of The Stranger in the future, with more onscreen presence!

1 female cuts her neck with an inking pen
1 female had her neck broken, possible throat cut
1 male implied dead from suicide
1 male shot himself on the head
1 male decapitated with a sword (?)
Total: 5

Monday, October 10, 2016

Incidents On and Off an Accident: Fender Bender (2016)

Fender Bender (2016)
Rating: ***1/2
Starring: Cassidy Freeman, Makenzie Vega, Lora Martinez-Cunningham

Seventeen-year old Hilary is just having the worst day of her life: not only did she just find out her boyfriend is cheating on her, but she also gets into the titular fender bender with a random driver after he accidentally rear-ends her new car. As she just had her driver's license and did not know any better, Hilary didn't hesitate to exchange informations with the driver, hoping that the troubles wouldn't get any worse.

she's a virgin, alright- an accident virgin
Sadly, it got worse; upon getting back home, her folks got rightfully upset not just because of the car's damage, but also from the fact that she worried them after storming out of the house to catch her unfaithful boyfriend without giving them a single clue what she was doing. As punishment, Hilary's parents went on to their planned family trip without her and she is to stay in the house for the weekends and settle things with the insurance company.

It all goes further downhill when Hilary's fender bender "friend" starts messaging her later that day and what may or may not be his car is seen prowling across her home. Two of her best friends show up to lighten her mood though, so all will be well, right? Does a gimp-masked giant switchblade-wielding psycho in a car hunting everybody down count as a 'yes'? It doesn't? Well, damn.

Truth be told, Fender Bender is relatively easy on the plot as nearly everything about it is your classic slasher set-up, minus strong exploitation, nudity and a high kill count as it was originally aired as a TV movie. But what it lacks in extreme entertainment, Bender makes up for it by delivering what made slasher films entertaining to begin with, mainly some likable characters, a cool villain and shockingly brutal and intense murder sequences that gets bloodier and more distraught with each dead teen.

A gimp masked killer done right!
The direction has this Halloween (1978)-inspired flow to it that works really well with the movie's simplistic and more suspense-driven tone. Though some of the characterisation were leaning pretty close on the stupidly cliched side, and there can be some unnecessarily slow moments, I am glad to see that Bender still manages to surprise me with some unexpected turns to keep itself fresh and even a bit dark at times. The villain, for example, comes off as a mix of both a silent hulk and a talky psychopath as he switches from and to these two archetypes in the very right moments; non-self aware conversational creep when stalking his victims in their homes, brutal mute maniac with a really cool mask when hunting them.

There's also a couple of worthwhile creepy moments straight out of a sinister home invasion scenario and the bloodletting was deliciously crimson red with the stabbings and one vehicular manslaughter thanks to some really cool practical works and the fact that most of these victims did manage to be likable despite their minuscule development and screentime, all of which leading to a struggle for survival between our lead and the nameless killer, a decent run shockingly made better (or worse, depending on you) with its grim turn of events.

It's strange, really, that something as simple of a story as Fender Bender's could do something this creative without overdoing it, as I can sincerely see from this film that director Mark Pavia really understood and respected the sub-genre. With it's nostalgic 80s atmosphere despite the well-adapted modern touches, the movie is certainly an instant cult fave in my book for having a timeless touch and ticking down nearly all of the right boxes in making a fun and frightening bodycounter. Either see it fresh from the TV or out of a bluray/DVD box, Fender Bender is one of the better slashers this decade has to offer!

1 female stabbed to death with a switchblade
1 male repeatedly stabbed, switchblade to the head
1 female stabbed with a switchblade and pushed through a window, ran over with a car
1 male stabbed through the neck with a switchblade
1 female killed with a switchblade
Total: 5

Monday, October 3, 2016

Cheese Without a Face: Faceless (1987)

Faceless (Les Predateurs De La Nuit) (France/Spain, 1987)
Rating: ***
Starring: Helmut Berger, Brigitte Lahaie, Telly Savalas

Singling this movie out as a slasher is only a portion of the truth. Should you add medical thriller, mad science, sleazy exploitation, and whatever movie genre allows a detective to fight an uber-muscular yet comically-voiced bodybuilder, then you will have the near-perfect definition for this strange late 80s euro-horror.

Starting the film classy with a shot of the Eiffel tower at night and a very vocal fellow (Vincent Thoma) mellowing our ears with the movie's own theme song, we soon follow Dr. Frank Flammand escorting his sister Ingrid and his assistant Natalie around the city as they have whatever fun rich and successful plastic surgeons can think of. Their evening was soon interrupted when one of Frank's former patients caught them off guard and tried to melt the doctor's face with acid in revenge for botching up her face. Fortunately for Frank, the vengeful patient misses when his sister pushed him away. But for Ingrid, however, she received the acid attack instead, severely burning her face.

Years passed and both Frank and Natalie are finding ways to repair Ingrid's face, most (if not all) of which involves kidnapping beautiful and fair-skinned women in hopes of placing one of their faces to Ingrid's. Why it never dawned on these two that some people will recognize the face they'll be stealing should their project be a success and get themselves in a bigger mess, I have no clue, but they seem to be sticking with this plan as they proceed to add another captive, an attractive fashion model for a new one-of-a-kind watch.

With the model's father rightfully concerned about his daughter's sudden disappearance, in comes private detective Sam Morgan snooping around in Paris and trailing whatever leads he can get. All the while, Frank, realizing he needs a professional's help, asks former Nazi doctor Orloff for assistance, a requests the surgeon is happy to accept as he sees it as an opportunity to hone his mad science talent yet again.

So now we got the mad science part. Where do the slasher bits come in, you say? Welp, just to cater for us blood junkies and gorehounds, Faceless also packs a fair amount of chunky bloodletting on behalf of Natalie and a mute (and sexually frustrated) brute named Gordon whose job is simply eliminate any living leftovers from the doctors' surgeries, as well as those who got too close on discovering their little secret. Truth be told, out of all the murders here, only one felt legitimately in tune with a slasher flick's with a nice chase scene and a power tool-wielding Gordon, while the rest were more or less just extra bloody and grandeur killings you can pull off for a crime thriller. This being said, while I am pretty impressed by the splatterific gore effects here, I cannot help but think that the dead women in this movie aren't the only ones missing their identity.

Basically, Faceless is every B-grade horror and exploitation flicks rolled into one since there's a little bit of something for everybody, such as the likes of unapologetic sleaze scenes, bloody murders, crazy Nazi science, and cheesy action sequences just to name a few. And like most hodge-podged stories, the tone is, unsurprisingly, shifty as it ranges mostly from being unintentionally (or maybe, intentionally) hilarious to just plain gross and uncomfortable, bringing nothing more to the table than some really bad writing in both the sense of scripting and plotting, but saved by the grace of just having the right amount of cheese, some fun (albeit oddly acted) characters and an EC comic- style take on horror and macabre. The pacing is relatively easy to follow too, and rarely boring as something interesting and/or cheesy is always going on, so while it's not a good movie, per se, Faceless has the charm of a really bad midnight picture that only a 70s sleaze-meister like its director, Jess Franco, can provide.

Obviously not gonna be everyone's kind of biscuit, this cult fave euro-horror is mostly enjoyable as a popcorn flick for the no-brainers and tongue-in-cheekers, and I wouldn't want it anymore than that! Some people might want to look elsewhere should they want a stronger mystery or less exploitative "detective story", but for the rest of us horror fans who just wanna have fun, there's nothing Faceless cannot provide!

1 female hacked with a machete
1 female body seen
1 female injected with a syringe full of chemical into an eye
1 female decapitated with a chainsaw
1 male stabbed through the throat with a pair of scissors
1 female powerdrilled through the head
1 female had her face flayed off, presumably killed
1 male had his head pushed into a hanger hook, impaled
Total: 8
(Note: due to the nature of the ending, I decided not include 2 possible additional victims)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Bloody Day And Bloody Night: It's a Beautiful Day (2013)

It's a Beautiful Day (Kuso Subarashii Kono Sekai)(Japan/US, 2013)
Rating: **1/2
Starring: Kkobbi Kim, Nanako Ohata, Akihiro Kitamura

Some of the best slashers out there play with the idea of absence to make itself creepy (if not scary) such as the absence of reason why Michael Myers stabbed his sister to death one Halloween night, or the lack of explanation how Jason Voorhees suddenly turned up alive when, all of these years, he was assumed dead. While reasons and/or origins would later come in through either sequels or reboots, one cannot deny that a good air of mystery surrounding a villain is a great key to work with to make them memorable, even more when everything else from the movie incorporates well with the enigmatic plot points.

For the movie I will be covering, that doesn't appear to be the case as, from the very first few minutes of this Japanese/American horror flick, Beautiful Day starts out as your typical slasher with two homicidal thieving brothers murdering a lost tourist couple in the middle of a deserted road. The familiar sub-genre footing continues when we are then introduced to Ah-Jung, a Korean student studying English in the States, who finds herself joining five party, booze and sex-obsessed Japanese students to a rented cottage in California.

Sticking out like a sore thumb, Jung tries her best to either get along or move away from her careless and care free companions, not knowing that the murderous brothers have now set their sights on snuffing the group, believing they have witnessed one of their crimes.

Now, it was halfway into the film or so that a plot point was added out of nowhere, when one of the brothers suddenly gains the ability to either possess or switch bodies. No clear indications as to what led to this supernatural power, nor did the film bothers to explain in the end, but it wouldn't be so bad of a turn if the direction tries to make something out of this, creating something positively unusual to this otherwise your typical slasher. (Maybe a more teen slasher-y Shocker (1989) or The First Power (1990)!)

Sadly, director and writer Kayoko Asakura failed to see the potential mayhem a body-switching slasher flick could have unleashed, choosing instead to have the understandably confused and body-swapped brother whine and shout at terrified victims for an explanation, while his more murder-happy sibling hacks his way through the cast while spitting racist venom, not knowing that one of them is really his lil' brother in a Japanese girl's body. To be fair, the story did eventually embraced the concept of a body-jumping killer, but this was around the last few minutes of the movie where the rest of the bloodwork happens, a tad too late but offering some nice gore work as a possible mean to make up for the missed opportunities.

In fact, Beautiful Day can be an okay horror flick if you can look past its many flaws apart from the unexplained supernatural angle, mainly the kinda distracting Japanese-versed English, the lack of any real sympathetic characters and the few under and/or overacted scenes. (One guy had his legs chopped into pieces, and yet he sounds like he just scrapped his knees) There's a generous abundance of practical gore effects and with the movie being only 78 minutes long, the plotting actually breezes through nicely despite a few bumps. The racism is pretty limited to just name calling out of the need to make the villains intimidating so I didn't find it as upsetting as it should be, but at least they tried to make a trait out of an otherwise standard axe murderer.

Honestly, It's a beautiful Day could have been better if it thoroughly understood what it really wanted to do with the sub-genre; on one part, I can tell they want something different with its inclusion of body possession, but they also seem unsure how to go with it on another. In the end, Day is just a forgettable and replaceable bloody outing that, fairly on its part, is still watchable for the grue and oddities, but nothing else. For more body-switching hokums, I may suggest the underrated The Ferryman (2007) if you want a bodycounting psychological run or Shocker (1989) if you're into some cheesy laughs.

1 male hacked to death with an axe
1 female beaten to death against a car hood
1 male electrocuted in a water reserve with a taser
1 male knifed to death
1 female dismembered and hacked with an axe
1 male hacked legless, gets an axe head kicked into his mouth
1 male hacked to death with an axe
1 male stabbed through the tongue with a razor, throat cut
1 female stabbed in the ear with a razor
1 female hacked to death with an axe
Total: 10

Friday, September 23, 2016

Cluttered Cybernaturals: Friend Request (2016)

Friend Request (Germany, 2016) (AKA "Unfriend")
Rating: **
Starring: Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo

In a way, I feel bad for this movie; Friend Request clearly has some neat ideas for a literal "ghost in the machine" horror flick, about but being released two years after the similarly-plotted (and better) Unfriended (2014), it was inevitable for this German dead teenager flick to be compared and expected to dish out a better (if not the same) kind of scares, drama, and bloodshed Unfriended delivered.

For a decent while, it kinda looked like Request was gonna do okay, opening with a campus professor announcing to his class news concerning an apparent suicide of their lonesome and troubled classmate Marina. One of the concerned faces in the crowd is Laura, an uber popular girl with a seemingly perfect life in and out of cyberspace, as well as the first and last friend Marina made not just before her death, but in her entire life.

We then go back a few weeks or so to what happened prior to the suicide, as Laura notices Marina awkwardly looking at her during class. Knowing the girl's inability to socialize, Laura decided to befriend Marina out of pity, a move she will later regret when the girl starts obsessing over her, cyber-stalking and spamming our protagonist's profile with possessive comments while working on some very grisly (yet beautiful) gothic animations.

Understandably upset over the girl's erratic behavior and obsession, Laura decided to cut her ties with Marina no soon after which, unfortunately, pushed the loner into killing herself, suspiciously in front of a recording webcam. The captured video becomes viral and it wasn't too long before Laura's friends begin to see weird visions of a ghostly Marina and other disturbing apparitions. Visions that prompt them into killing themselves.

Laura's situation gets worse when the deaths somehow find their way into being posted at her facebook wall, a phenomenon that her "facebook friends" seem to think she's doing on purpose. Now, I never use any social media outside of deviantart.com and blogger (if they're counted), and I assume the single facebook profile I made back at 2008-ish is rotting in cyberspace as we speak so I honestly have no clear idea if this is how social media works, but Friend Request seems to be tying itself as a parallel to real life hackings and shows how these new age socializing tools can be used to ruin a person's life should the wrong hands manage to get to it. Again, this is a neat idea and I do love the fact that we get to play around with this concept again after Unfriended, but a few missteps in Request's plot, direction and characterization quickly worsens my viewing experience.

Basically, the problem I have with this movie is that most of the latter plot development wherein most of the ghoulish stuff happen was unbelievably shallow and cliche'd; correct me if I'm wrong but a scene here has Laura visiting a computer wiz who manages to find out that whoever was posting the artistic snuff gifs at Laura's facebook wall is using some very freaky cybercode that resembles rune letterings. Why not take a friggin' screenshot of the codes and forward it to the site's admins so they could handle the situation and/or announce to every moron in Laura's so-called Facebook "friends" that this is a bug (A very freaky bug that could kill the admins too if we go any further looking into it, but a bug otherwise) and there's not much they or the account holder can do about it? Or better yet, why not forward this to the two detectives investigating the case? I understand that this is a horror flick and smart decisions are usually not a character's smartest asset around this genre, but a little brain cell couldn't hurt! (At least the tech wiz in Unfriended attempted to do something to stop their own "cybernatural" mishaps. And he got killed early for doing so, which in turn puts the rest of his friends in a situation they cannot escape without his technical know-hows. Now that's development done right!)

So what does Friend Request offers on its end? Some enjoyable soundtrack and the little bits of animation here and there, I will give the movie that. And then there are the jump scares. Lots and lots of jump scares.

Now, these were fun jump scares, I admit, but I sometimes see them as a desperate move to save an otherwise uninteresting plot and Request almost felt exactly like that once in a while as the movie's message gets really confusing, the deaths were boring (albeit bloody) and the villain was hardly noteworthy despite all the added supernatural witchery used to substitute for a decent characterization. The additional emphasis on Laura's facebook friends dropping down because of the snuffs "she" was posting might also be another scare factor for today's social media obsessed public, but for someone like me who hardly cared about this sort of stuff, it's not gonna work as much as it would to the next selfie-obsessed duddette.

In the end, Friend Request was an underwhelming dive into modern horror that can't seem to figure out if it wants to be relevant and relatable, or just be a braindead fun flick full of dumb characters and cheap scares. It is watchable, make no mistake, especially if you are the open and easily forgiving type, but with so many other interesting bully and/or web-based horror flicks out there, this movie hardly tries to be memorable and can be easily replaced by better titles.

1 female hanged herself above a burning portrait, caught on fire
1 male beaten to death inside an elevator
2 boys mentioned killed, faces mutilated
1 female had her throat cut with a scalpel
1 female shot through the mouth
1 female presumably killed offcamera
1 male knifed through the neck
1 male stung to death by wasps
total: 9

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Short Shear Terror: Friend Request (2012)

Friend Request (2012)
Rating: **1/2
Starring: Daniel Frawley, Caitlyn Paterson, Charlotte Chimes

Not to be confused with the underwhelming 2016 German horror, or with the many other short horror films out there titled "Friend Request", this little number had us trailing along the familiar hack'n stab horror sub-genre that is a short slasher flick.

In here, Dave Jenkins, a shy horror junkie, sees a trailer in Facebook for an upcoming indie flick by a certain Jeremiah Kane. Upon "liking" it, he unknowingly sets into motion something deadly as Kane himself manages to track Dave down and plans to murder everybody in his path for a good old-fashioned snuff flick!

Now, Friend Request is no step up as a slasher as everything about it is almost as basic as any bodycounter film could be, with a slightly neat premise and a downright odd ending.

The characters are mostly the meat-for-murder type from the nerdy awkward hero to the cool death-deserving jerk, which, sadly, the same can be said for our killer, who sports a monster make-up and rubber monster claws, while spatting out taunts and maniacal madness. It's never a good thing for a movie of this type to have an unexciting killer but so long as the guy can dish out some blood and guts creatively once in a while, as well as tie everything up in the end with an unexpectedly funny take, then I guess I'm sold for the moment.

I can see a lot of potential to the good folks behind this short as the production looks pretty darn good for a short flick; from practical gore effects and crisp looking camera work, I say, with a little more running time and more structured story, Friend Request would have done great as a feature length horror flick!

1 female smothered to death
1 male found with a keyboard shoved into his gut
1 male ran through with a machete, decapitated
1 female had her throat slashed with a machete
Total: 4

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Posthumous Boredom: Grim Reaper (2007)

Grim Reaper (2007)
Rating: *
Starring: Cherish Lee, J.D. Head, Benjamin Pitts

I like to think of this movie as the only proof we need as to why Death makes a better slasher villain as a string of Goldberg-esque set-ups instead of a physical killer.

In Grim Reaper, stripper (or perhaps a go-go dancer?) Rachel finds herself getting hit by a random cab, surviving it and somehow ending up in a nearly abandoned mental hospital. I say "nearly abandoned because she is accompanied by the hospital's notorious administrator Dr. Brown and five other prisoners patients who all have near death experiences like her. Obviously, she wants out, and so do the rest of the patients, but Dr. Brown wants them to stay for a supposed experiment. Clearly this guy has nothing up his sleeves!

But as any true slasher movie out there, it leads up to a mysterious sometimes-hooded-sometimes-not figure wielding a scythe coming after them as the everyone starts to get killed off until Rachel, Dr. Brown and Rachel's concerned boyfriend are left to face a supernatural threat that is, who else, the Grim Reaper itself.

Now, I can welcome a little substance behind my bodycounters as you can only go so far with a formulaic slasher plot. Grim Reaper attempted this with psychological and (supposedly?) spiritual banter, questioning the nature of the character's situation as well as the characters themselves, but the unexciting premise, irritably cardboard characters, obvious mid-budget production and brain cell-rotting sluggishness easily killed any expectations of a good movie around the first fifteen minutes.

This is completely made worse by the fact that so many other plot points, from hallucinations, Faustian deals, fate and even friggin time travel(!) were thrown in and didn't really add up too well in the movie's attempt to make Grim Reaper look more sophisticated and philosophical than your average slasher. If anything, the film hardly made sense in the end! Never have I seen a slasher flick about a doctor striking deals with Death so he, in turn, can live a little longer or some shit liek that, be this needlessly complicated. Oh, what's that? I gave away a spoiler? Well, you ought to be thanking me coz I just saved your arses from the longest 82 minutes of your life! (Or, maybe one of the longest 82 minutes of your life. I'm sure there are others out there!)

So, positives? The Death looking like a killer mummy at the climax. For such a simple yet neat monster design, why waste it in this bore show? Why not have Death look like that for the whole time it was hacking and slashing? Was it budget concerns? Hard to tell, but one thing is certain: we need more slasher films with mummies in them! (I mean, we have plenty with werewolves, zombies, killer robots and even killer aliens. Why not a mummy? (And no, Timewalker (1982) does not count! No matter how slasher-influenced and fun it was...))

I have seen a good share of Final Destination-esque slasher flicks from the two Reeker movies to the passable likes of Jack The Reaper (2011), and most of them were watchable at best. Grim Reaper, though? This is one of the few titles that tried too hard and landed flat on its face. Over and over and over and over and over again.

1 male ran through with a scythe
1 male ran through with a scythe (dream)
1 male impaled on the face by levitating paint brushes
1 female electrocuted via current
1 female decapitated with a scythe
1 male slashed with a scythe
1 male sliced in half with a scythe
1 male shot
Total: 8