Title: Grotesque

Also known as:

Year: 1988

Genre: Horror

Language: English

Runtime: 78 min

Director: Joe Tornatore

Writer: Mike Angel, Joe Tornatore

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095256/

Lisa and Kathy, are on their way to go spend the weekend with Lisa's parents, and their home in the mountains. Some uninvited guests are on their way too, as a group of punks who are on the run from the law, after killing a family back in Nevada. They decide to head that way since, Lisa's dad happens to be the famous Hollywood Special Effects artist, Orville Kruger, and there are some wild rumors about a secret he keeps in that house.

Our thoughts:
As if watching a bad movie doesn't suck enough, when you're lied to about a bad movie, that's just the cherry on a shit sundae. I was under the impression that, "Grotesque" was a horror and exploitation movie, which is understandable. Especially when the movie is pushed with saying, "punks terrorize a family" and "punks slaughter the family" and other such nonsense. To be fair, the movies' setup is similar to exploitation flicks, like "House On The Edge Of The Park" and "Last House On The Beach", but to be an exploitation flick, you kinda, sorta, need to exploit something.

Not only is nothing exploited, but we are given the most obnoxious villains, you would never want. I don't know why, but it seems some where, at some point in time, there was a meeting with everyone involved in making movies, and it was decided, that when punks are going to be the bad guys in a movie. They must be completely over the top, and annoying to the point that you're eager to watch them die, just so you don't have to listen to them anymore. Well I guess that's kind of the point, since they are the bad guys after all...Anyways, the point is, the punks here are very generic and you're glad when the killings start just because you don't have to watch and listen to their attempts at passing themselves off as disturbed individuals.

As far as the rest of the movie goes, the story itself is a thin one. I already pointed out similar movies, so if you've seen those then you already know how the entire movie is going to play out. The movie does change things up a bit by having the father be a special effects and makup artist and, what leads him to this particular career path, comes from a family secret that involves a "monster." Don't get your hopes up though, yes the monster gets inolved in the movie and mayhem ensues, but going back what was said earlier, nothing here is exploited. So there is no gore to be found other than a very minimal amount of blood, which is only used in a few spots. Which is a shame since there are a few moments where there are some neat death scenes, including a girl getting picked up and slammed into a tree, which would have been that much better if a little splat would have been involved.

Now up to this point, the movie has actually been watchable, nothing great but nothing too terrible. Then the ending rolls around...One of those endings that really is just meant to, for the lack of a better word, fuck with audience. An ending where you might as well have had the director come to your house and piss on your feet. At least with that, it would be over quickly and, you would only have some soggy feet. Given the theme of the movie, there is a nice little joke thrown in at the end that monster fans, or just fans of the old school Universal monsters will probably get a kick out of and appreciate the nod from the filmmakers.

The fact that the movie story has been done before, cliches on top of cliches, obnoxious characters and an ending that takes the audience in an entirely different direction, and not for the better. Not to mention the tired message of monsters aren't actually monsters, when compared to the evil of man. Makes it hard for me to recommend this movie to anyone.

Positive things:
- The first part of the movie is actually fairly decent.
Negative things:
- Obnoxious characters.
- Horrible twist ending.

Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 1/5

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