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The Ghouls (2003)
I don't get those 81 minutes back...
Being a fan of fringe horror rather than the typical, Hollywood tripe that is plot less, soul-less, and without passion, when I came across this film at my local rental venue I jumped to the chance to see an indie splatter flick. After watching ten or so minutes of horribly written, clichè, woodenly acted dialog, I actually fast-forwarded through the remainder of the scene so that the story could move on.
So...the pacing is horrid. Not only that, but the shaky-camera, whether intended or not, was nauseating. The premise, a 'jump-out' as they are called here, a cameraman that follows crimes to sell to news syndicates, was excellent, honestly; however the idea was not used effectively. Instead of spending more time on acting and smoothing out dialog, it appears that a large portion of the budget was spent on 'effects' which were better off left to the viewer's imagination.
Was this concept of film-making lost on Chad Ferrin? This would have been far more effective had he been more discrete with the bloodshed and dialog, and taken more time to consider the delivery of his story. I was neither impressed nor horrified, save at how quickly what I had expected to be an interesting, thought-provoking film independent of Hollywood dogmas about horror, declined into something I was so disgusted by that I took the time to write this comment.
You could tell that the film-makers were very, very proud of the 'shot-through-hand-into-eye' effect...they were proud of all the blood and gore, and if this was $9000.00 spent just to entertain one another, that's all well and good, but I must ask, how the devil did it manage to find a place on my local rental venue's shelf? I was so disgusted with the film-making that after finishing this, I am going to make a complaint to Blockbuster about providing quality content, be it indie or not.
Lesson to be learned: You cannot make a movie with the intention of it becoming a 'cult classic.' It either is, or is not. The filming and movie making smacked of someone struggling to create an underground hit...the only problem with this concept is that the director/writer does not choose what is and what is not 'cult.' The fans do.
I don't get those 81 minutes, or my money back...this film makes The Blair Witch Project seem excellent in comparison. Pathetic.