Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pretty Dead Things (2006)

Director: Richard Griffin

Writers: Richard Griffin, Sandeep Parikh

Composer: Daniel Hildreth

Starring: Patrick Pitu, William DeCoff, Danielle Lozeau, Ashley Eaton, Ross Kelly, Salvatore Marchese, Jason Witter, V. Orion Delwaterman, Jennifer Scharf, Caleb Emerson, Donald Foley, Robin L. Watkins

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Death Never Looked This Good

Plot: Film star Jennifer Bond has everything a girl could want: looks, power, a dangerously sexy boyfriend - and an eternity in which to enjoy them. But as her 50th birthday draws near, Jennifer and her undead companions forge a trail mayhem to her hometown in search of the love of her life, unaware a recent victim is plotting a bloody revenge.

My rating: 4.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

If you've seen any of Griffin's other films then you might recognize a few faces in this one.  As per usual the acting is all over the place but most of the cast seem to be having a good time with it regardless of how annoying some of them are.  The opening credit sequence has that great 60s/70s James Bond credits vibe. It's a shame they didn't have a fun, cheesy vocal tune to match it.  I better slow down.  It's beginning to sound like I dug it.  I didn't on a whole but it has its moments like with the porn parody stuff and the over the top porn guru, Moe Blu.  Even though I don't hold these independent low budget flicks to the same standard as full blown big budget pictures, I do want to be entertained and this one barely qualifies.  It looks and feels cheap.  If you want to see the greatness Griffin is capable of, just check out NUN OF THAT (2009) and you'll see why I was so inspired to track down and watch every one of his flicks.  The Camp Motion Pictures double feature set (with another Griffin picture, BEYOND THE DUNWICH HORROR (2008)) has this film presented in anamorphic widescreen and the only extras are a director's commentary and 16 VERY low budget horror movie trailers either in fullscreen or anamorphic widescreen formats.  Some have some entertainment value and some are just plain bad.  As with even the worst of Griffin's films, I'm holding onto the DVDs so I can someday listen to his comentaries.  I'd like to think they're informative, better and funnier than the films they accompany.

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