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Grotesque (1988)

A gang of crazed punkers breaks into a family's vacation home in the mountains and slaughters the entire family, except for one daughter who gets away. As the gang pursues the girl through ... See full summary »

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A gang of crazed punkers breaks into a family's vacation home in the mountains and slaughters the entire family, except for one daughter who gets away. As the gang pursues the girl through the snow, they slowly realize that some kind of murderous creature is chasing them... Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Wasted potential
28 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

I think other reviewers have been a little harsh on this film. OK so the whole "movie-within-a-movie" aspect did ruin it, but if you can overlook that you can see what could have been an effective little horror flick. The storyline is basic, but that is what makes it so good. A group of punks (that reminded me of the crazy guys in Last House On The Left) go looking for money from a retired film effects maker. They murder him, and other members of the family. But the tables are turned when they find a deformed "thing" in the house (who reminds me of Leatherface) who chases and kills them. The "thing" chases them out into the forest and snow. Sounds simple but it works very well. People will complain that there was no gore in the movie - to me this was one of those movies that didn't need gore.

Everything starts to fall apart when the "thing" is killed and the remaining two punks are taken to the police for questioning. What follows is boring dialogue in the police station. After that we get an explanation of what the "thing" was and why the murdered guy was raising him. After that...well...I won't spoil it. What follows is stupid and pathetic and completely ruins what could have been a neat little film.

Overall I would say that this is one of those films that failed to reach its potential, and I hate it when that happens! I would urge people to see it as it does have "something" about it, but remember that there is a stupid ending and boring dialogue at the end. In fact I think it would've been better if they'd ended the film as soon as the "thing" was shot dead, so perhaps that would be the best place to stop watching.


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