Review: Johnny Gruesome…Not So Much

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Movie Details: From Uncork’d Entertainment, Johnny Gruesome,  which is based on the award-winning novel by Gregory Lamberson (Slime City, Killer Rack), who also directs the movie, comes out on VOD 10/16 and DVD 1/1/2019

Movie Hype:

Running tire marks around Ghost Rider…More vengeful than the Crow…
Johnny Gruesome grants y’all a death wish this fall…. This October, Johnny Grissom returns for revenge.

Movie synopsis: High school students Eric Carter (Byron Brown II) and Johnny Grissom (Anthony De La Torre) are best friends. Johnny is a heavy metal rebel nicknamed “Johnny Gruesome” by his classmates. When Johnny is murdered while on a drunken joyride, his killer persuades Eric and Johnny’s girlfriend to help him make the murder look like an accidental death. Johnny returns from the grave as a murderous, wise cracking zombie hell-bent on revenge.

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Review: Johnny Gruesome? Not so much:

Johnny Gruesome definitely has its ‘by the numbers’ roots firmly planted in the horror movie formula of the early 1980’s. Every recognized element is on display: from the ‘outcast teenager’, the ‘slutty girl, the ‘self centered jerk’ to the various and sundry generic high school characters.  It all seems geared to bring to mind such ‘murdered classmate comes back from the dead to seek revenge’ classics as Prom Night and Terror Train. Yet, with all those elements going for it, Johnny Gruesome just doesn’t quite fulfill the gruesome part of its name. Continue reading “Review: Johnny Gruesome…Not So Much”