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The Ghouls [Oct. 10th, 2006|01:22 pm]
The Arkham Tribune - reviews on all things horror


The Ghouls, well what can I say about this flick?  It is most definately shoe string. The movie focuses much more on the main character and his screwed up life than the ghouls themselves. And well, yeah his life is screwed up. He films really bad things as they happen by chasing down stuff he catches on a police scanner and then sells his tapes. Basically he's not a very nice guy, but from what I could tell he seems to give head really well. Something in his favor at least.  The plot relies heavily on the shock factor of some of the gore that the main character films, most of which is not related to the ghouls anyway.  And really, comparatively speaking there isn't all that much gore.  Also, for a horror flick they try to hard to develope the main character's personality for the viewer.  Sure, we all like a movie that gets us involved with the plite of the character, otherwise why would we care if they got splattered or not.  But in the end it just started to detract from the movie.  I was bored to tears through 87% of it.  And I started to ask myself, does this movie have any redeeming charateristics?  Well, the ghouls eating girl scene isn't all that impressive.  BUT, you do get to see a guy that's been skinned.  And if you don't focus below his face they did a pretty darn good job of it.  Muscle tissue is well pronounced and they gave it some decent detail.  The opening scene is kind of harsh.  But I think it mostly disturbed me because there was a kid crying in the background.  There were some things I found humorous, and that always cheers me up.  Another thing to note, while I am glad they tried to not go the zombie way (love zombies as I do, but there's always room for originality), some aspects of the ghouls aren't very
Such as, who ever heard of ghouls having babies?  And, ghouls generally don't attack the living, unless possibly small children or someone who can't fight back all that well.  They eat dead things, hence the hanging out in grave yards and such, not live kicking and screaming prey.  Not the sewers of Hollywood.  On the good note, the whole them being afraid of bright lights I can buy into, and being in groups, though not as large a group as this appeared to be.  Again, ghouls having babies?  They are dead things, dead things shouldn't have viable sperm or eggs.  Ok, done with the rant now. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghoul  here you go a nice definition.  aren't I helpful?  LOL
.  Also, the ghouls makeup was very much just that.  A little face paint.  Perhaps they weren't really ghouls but very hungry, non-verbal, albinos?  LOL  Since I cannot recomend this movie to anyone, not even the b-rated buffs (and I am a huge fan of the b-rated, but this is utter crap and not even that amusing whilst merrily drunk), I'll throw in what I got off youttube which has random clips from the movie as well as the opening scene I mentioned.  The movie contains sex scenes (ever so briefly, except for the main character giving someone who might not have been his girlfriend a really good time) and blah, blah, blah.  We got it for like 4 bucks at K-mart.  So, having it in my library is ok, but soley because I like having things to keep, even if they suck.