Joe, a killer and owner of a strip-joint meets the love of his life, Kate. Kate is a cute manicurist who also happens to be a murderer. With their killing and their extreme hatred for grapes they fall for each other. They are both happier than ever, get married, but meanwhile they are still trying to keep their killing separate from the relationship.
I was so sure that I had this film figured out when I received my copy for reviewing by CMV Laservision. This was gonna be a decent 70's-inspired sleaze/exploitation slasher with some amusing scenes in it. This was something that made me interested, but still not something I was gonna jump through hoops to see, but when this arrived in the mail I knew I had to put it in my DVD player right away. And I'm glad I did, because I think I might've found one of the funniest movies ever created. This could be an exaggeration in someone elses eyes, but for me.. well, this film almost represents my kind of comedy.
It starts off with Joe talking to the camera (they do this a bunch, sitting in a room against a wall, like an interview/documentary kind of thing) and tells us about himself. In a matter of minutes we've seen three killed women, boobs and blood. I knew then and there that this film was something else, because many films tend to take things slow. He then tells us about how he met Kate. By this time we have heard the flick's probably most famous quote a few times, "I hate grapes! I can't stand grapes!.." etc. It's basicly just a long rant about how he hates all kinds of grapes. Mmmyeah, it's brilliant! Well, Joe and Kate really bound when she also utters this phrase. Joe has a test, to always see if girls likes grapes or not, and with Kate he asked if she wanted grapes (or was it grape sauce?), and she says the exact same speech.
This is just the main plot, a slasher / romance film, but outside of this, it's hilarious. There are alot of typical and classic jokes, like the scene in the church when they're about to marry, it's taken from the ever-so-classic "who's on first?"-joke. And it has stuff that "Scary Movie" did many years later; show the film crew. Not claiming it did it first, but it actually made me think of the joke in "Scary Movie" first. It has some hilarious killing scenes, my favorite is when Joe and Kate are gonna kill their first person together, and she never dies. She keeps standing up. Almost every word that's being said in the film is something that you and your friends would joke about for weeks after watching it. I wish I could go on and on about the jokes and everything I loved about the film, but it's just so much and I really hope people will still get sort of the same reaction as I got out of it.
Except for brilliant comedy, it has some nice splattery gore. It never gets out of hand, and we never care about it more than the plot, the romance and the comedy, but it's there as a good complement to all the other good things this film features. We have plenty of chopped limbs and blood, and still some classic "Psycho"-esque killings in showers that doesn't show too much.
This film is a cult classic that I hate myself for missing for so many years, but I still love that there are films out there that I haven't seen, that make me feel like this. It gives me hope. It has a kickass soundtrack, brilliant jokes, fun gore and blood, a nice but not always too thoughtout plot. This is a fantastic parody of the slasher and serial killer films without being too obvious by ripping off characters, like the above mentioned "Scary Movie". This film is worthy of your time, I can guarantee it.