27 January 2016 | cwfrauman-716-721058
A pleasant surprise
This is one of those movies you go into thinking you're probably not going to like it for any number of reasons - low production costs, comically misleading trailer, a cast of largely unknown actors - but when you come out the other side it turns out to be a pleasant surprise.
The star actor takes a little getting used to which has more to do with the makeup artist than anything else. She's dressed like a pro football player, for one thing. Padded shoulders, thick black ink smeared across her face. But the writing is way above average which helps carry this delightful miscarriage through to its conclusion.
Two of the actors are actually well-known for their comedic sensibilities. They both are on the side of the lunatics holding up a small-town close-knit family of diner workers (they're not really family but they act like it), one of whom stars in a little show called It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, where he assumes the role of a milk- sipping, possibly incestuous, brother of a couple of weirdo antagonists, and the other scored a bit role on stage with Dr. House, a role that he tackles well with more wit than comedy but still spot on. In this movie both shine and graduate with flying colors.
For hardcore traditionalists even though the protagonist is dressed like a football player with sweet moves, the belle of the film is draped in a prize-winning ribbon as if to remind viewers that she's the prettiest girl on the set, but also has fun with a point made long ago by the American short-story writer Edgar Allan Poe who once penned the words 'The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world.' And there's an excellent soundtrack to boot.
However, what really makes this a prize-winning catch is the script-writing, along with a few unexpected twists thrown in there to appease the naysayers and the cynics. It's really a great movie. So if you're out there surfing the web for a new horror flick to watch to pass the time, do not miss this opportunity for laughs, shockin' awesome horror, and good old-fashioned family values with a demented weirdo atmosphere, look no further than Gravy. Personally I filed this movie under chance discoveries. Do with it what you will.