For the moment, the participants are:
Maynard Morrissey's Horror Movie Diary
Wolf Ninja's Gaming Creatively
TimTE01's Mondo Bizarro
The first movie cast my way is a 2007 horror flick called Grim Reaper courtesy Alec from Mondo Bizarro. However, I decided to save myself for later entries and turned this one over to my little golden partner in crime - so take it away Buddha Man!
Grim Reaper (MRG Entertainment, 2007) Way back in the post-Scream horror boom, a spec script by Jeffrey Riddick originally intended for the TV series The X Files called Flight 180 was put into development instead as a feature film. In the orginal draft a teenager on a school trip flight that's about to take off has a vision that the plane will crash and freaks out, causing a brawl in the aisle that results in several of the students being tossed off the plane. Before they can catch their breath back in the terminal building, the plane blows up on takeoff. After that, Death, which has been cheated by their survival, comes after them in the form of a physical humanoid figure, stalking and killing the kids in what then turns into a fairly standard issue slasher movie.
Obviously, after rewrites by X Files vets James Wong and Glen Howe - this eventually became the original Final Destination - which was taken in a new direction when the Death figure was taken out of the equation and reworked into a mysterious force that goes after the intended targets with whatever is laying around at any given moment. That is a classic movie - one of my favorite horror movies of all time.
Seven years later, other filmmakers glommed on to the original concept of that first draft script for the movie Grim Reaper.
Stripper Rachel (the fetching Cherish Lee - and love that name) is hit by a taxicab one night walking home from work, but survives, waking up in one of those mysterious urban hospitals where everyone is kind of belligerent and more than a little thick. It doesn't take long for Rachel to see a figure stalking her around the hospital - a nasty skull faced guy with a scythe right arm. Instead of thinking him an unhinged fan in a costume - she immediately decides he is Death Incarnate, and that he is coming after her for escaping his clutches when the taxi smacked her. This belief is something she is entirely unable to convince anyone else of, even when the Grim Reaper starts slamming that scythe through the chests of people near Rachel. (Lousy aim, there, Death!) As Rachel runs around the hospital, my attention started to wander as the physical incarnation of Boredom sat on my lap and prevented me seeing several minutes of the movie.
|"My brain is bleeding!"|
"I read this script!"
|"Olly olly oxen free!"|
|"My brain is bleeding again!"|
"But you already took the job!"
"They mentioned a sequel!"
Summing it up - the movie starts off okay. It doesn't stay okay very long though. Cherish Lee is a very attractive young lady - with her natural bosom and child bearing hips - and I liked her in the lead. She also seems to have Priscilla Presley's old face, since Priscilla has turned that one in for the latest in Joker looks.
|"I hope Priscilla never wants this face back..."|
The rest of the actors range from okay to really pretty bad - and the really pretty bad gets singled out - it's boyfriend Liam as played by the aptly named Benjamin Pitts. It's also annoying when a movie makes a lead character a stripper and we never see them naked. It's like bringing a gun onstage and not firing it. There are some cool moments in the movie - shots, ideas, lines of dialogue - but they are not plentiful from the get go, and as the movie continues they are sprinkled more and more sparsely, until the last third, which is just tedious. I actually really like the idea of the physical figure of Death stalking the survivors - was intrigued by it the moment I heard about it being the original concept for the movie that became Final Destination. But I wish the concept had not been used by these people to make this movie. Because this movie in the end was not much.
If I ever see another movie with a physical manifestation of the Grim Reaper - here's what I hope he'll look like:
Still, it could have been worse. And at some point I'm sure it will be.
And so goes my first round of Project Terrible. Thanks to Buddha Man for taking the hit on this one for me - leaves me fresher to go after my next assigned movie! Until the next post - you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!
* A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)