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February 1, 2011

Movie Review: Grim (DVD, Troma)

Uncle Lloyd at Troma brings this low budget Texan revenge film to DVD.

I'm going to be blunt, this movie is bad. Going into this film I thought it was going to be a gritty throw back revenge film. The "family killed, time to take revenge" formula has been done over and over again. But hell, I love 'em. It's a genre I really enjoy watching and seldom tire of it. With Grim, that doesn't apply. Grim has the right ingredients to make it succeed as a revenge film. It's the execution that, no pun intended, killed it for me.

The film opens up with three men holding a family hostage. A young boy, Grim and his Mother & Father. The captors, played by guys with zero acting ability, take the family to a field and execute them right in front of Grim. A man who used to be the town sheriff finds Grim and takes him home. The man and his wife take care of Grim till he's older and Grim sets out to kill the men who slaughtered his family.

For me, the rest of the film was an exercise in boredom. I struggled to finish this film due to that. There are a dozen films in the same vein as Grim, fact is those other films do a hell of a better job.

DVD Specs:

* Anamorphic 1.78:1Widescreen
No problems here, shot digitally and for being low budget looks good.

* Dolby Digital 2.0
Audio is serviceable, does it job just fine.

Bonus Features:

* Commentary with Director Adrian Santiago

* Art of Dismemberment
A behind the scenes slidshow

* Intro by Lloyd Kaufman

* Troma Trailers and more

* Clear Case w/ double sided artwork

I honestly cannot recommend this flick. The back of the DVD cover gives a quote that reads: "The Most Fucked Up Film Of The Year". It couldn't be farther from the truth.

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