Is 2015 the year of the Horror Comedy? Well it’s either that or the first year in the resurgence of practical effects gore movies. What’s perfect about the new release from Scream Factory, Gravy? It covers both bases, and adds an almost too cute love story to boot. That’s not to say that you’ve got the next Shaun of the Dead, but you’ve certainly got something special in a very funny, very bloody new feature that knows how to make you cringe, then laugh, then cringe, then smile, then cheer.
What works for Gravy is the cast. We are dealing with some familiar faces that work well together. Each actor has a niche and a somewhat stereotypical role to play as part of a group of restaurant coworkers. Having worked in a restaurant I can tell you that the person wrote this totally worked in the industry. He nailed it. There are strange dynamics; love/hate relationships that endure into an almost familial connection. Of course when you have the option to serve up said “family member” in a fancy recipe, you might allow that to happen too.
The gore is plentiful and pretty. The new wave of young filmmakers who are embracing practical effects with minimal CG intervention are having fun making movies. You can tell because they get all the juicy bits in their movie and leave room for seconds. Gravy excels at creating humorous, wholesome goodness that you’d be glad to serve to your best girl for Sunday dinner… in terms of effects of course, not human remains.
This is a new HD movie that looks great. I strongly recommend the “What is Gravy” featurette that is a nice primer for the movie. You can tell these folks had a great time making and promoting the movie. Also, there’s an obvious Easter Egg on the disc. I’m not going to spoil that, but I found it to be rather funny and in sharp contrast to the grave of Gravy. Make sure to check out the reversible cover art because I prefer it to the original cover.
Entertaining Horror Comedies filled with gore are the new norm. As long as they don’t become formulaic, lazy or ordinary we should be in for a good year of Horror head. Fans of Deathgasm, Cooties, Voices and even Turbo Kid should dig this. High energy. Well acted and a nice pick up for Scream Factory.
Gravy is available to order now from Scream Factory.
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It's Halloween night. A trio of costumed misfits with very special dietary requirements invades a Mexican cantina and forces the staff to engage in a late night of gluttony. The only caveat is what's on the menu… and who will survive until morning!
From director and co-writer James Roday (Psych), this deliriously demented horror-comedy is a true feast for genre fans. Stuffed with an outstanding ensemble cast and perfectly seasoned with laughs and scares, you'll be sure to ask for seconds on Gravy.
Audio Commentary With James Roday, Sutton Foster And Jimmi Simpson
What Is Gravy? Featurette