I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going into Gravy, as judging it solely by the cover made me think it was going to be some poor low budget flick, trying way too hard to be funny. Boy is my face red! Gravy was a witty, gory and all around fun time, full of laughter, copious amounts of blood splatter and a story line that was quick paced and went straight for the jugular, literally.
SUBTITLES: English REGION: A RATING: NR PRODUCTION DATE: 2014 RELEASE DATE: Oct 6th, 2015
Looking for a little something extra in your horror movie diet? Let Scream Factory pass you the Gravy.
It’s Halloween night. A trio of costumed misfits with very special dietary requirements invades a Mexican cantina and forces the staff to engage in a late night of gluttony. The only caveat is what’s on the menu… and who will survive until morning!
From director and co-writer James Roday (Psych), this deliriously demented horror-comedy is a true feast for genre fans. Stuffed with an outstanding ensemble cast and perfectly seasoned with laughs and scares, you’ll be sure to ask for seconds on Gravy.
The two stars of Gravy are Michael Weston, who is a wacko in a good amount of what he does and the other actor is Jimmi Simpson, who may not be as weird as he is on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (no milk involved), but still comes off with some major creepy vibes. They aren’t the only two good actors though, as the entire cast is full of prime talent, with everyone hitting their comical mark with excellence. Major props need to be given to writers James Roday and Todd Harthan for giving birth to a film that oozes and congeals quick wit, dark comedy and horror together so wonderfully. Also, props given to psycho Lily Cole for having a righteous camel toe.
So, what’s the movie about you are probably asking? Gravy is about a group of crazies who trap some people in a bar on Halloween night, to basically torture and eat them. I know, sounds the least like a comedy as you can get, but gosh damn, they pull it off with gusto. The situation goes to such extremes and characters go right along with it, as the bodies start piling up, the blood starts running thicker and the French Chef must cope with cooking such delectable meals full of people. It’s one extreme situation after another and come the end, I was begging for more Gravy.
Was there anything I didn’t like about Gravy? Not much to be perfectly honest with you. There was maybe a few bits and pieces where the movie slowed down some, but there wasn’t anything wrong with that, as it was still building a story in those slow parts. I was just such a big fan of the crazy bits, that any slowdown was a distraction, but that’s just me being picky.
Scream Factory does a great job at releasing this movie, save for a sketchy cover that may put off people from watching this movie. Thankfully, the reverse cover is slightly better. The video is top notch, with no issues that I noticed. The audio was hit and miss in some parts. One minute it was super low and the next, very loud. I was constantly turning it up and down throughout the movie. I’ve noticed other reviews don’t mention this issue, so maybe it was just my surround sound system acting up, but I figured I would note it just in case.
Features included are a couple short interviews with cast and crew, none of them reaching the 7-minute mark; a commentary with co-writer and Director James Roday, actress Sutton Foster and actor Jimmi Simpson; a trailer and a “hidden” music video by the striking Priscilla Ahn, who sings Deck the Halls, which was featured in the movie.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary With James Roday, Sutton Foster And Jimmi Simpson
What Is Gravy? Featurette
Priscilla Ahn – “Deck the Halls”
I ended up loving Gravy and I’m sure there are plenty of other people out there that feel the same way I do. Gravy fused dark comedy and horror effectively, which honestly can be a hard thing to do and the Blu-ray from Scream Factory is a worthy purchase, so don’t feel guilty for loading up on Gravy.