Slapstick gore movies deliberately focus on graphic comical portrayal of violence. They are a mix of slapstick and splatter comedies. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 131 slapstick gore movies sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?
An unexpected rebirth!
The story has been told 7 times on film so far. This made-for-television re-imagining goes back to the original material and the initial gimmick, but imposes its personal fiber. The main innovation happens between the two protagonists; a couple, man and woman, aggressive toward each other to the point of violence; incidentally more fleshed out and nuanced than the leads in the first film.
The first half acts like road horror; the second like an apocalyptic hillbilly thriller with hints of supernatural occurrences sprinkled across. Stephen King wrote the teleplay, so the surprises are in the details. Although the dialog is rigid, and despite the issues of unnatural character behaviors, the script goes out of its ways to avoid clichéd reactions to danger from the protagonists.
The kids have a weird relationship towards each other. They have been considered "possessed", "hypnotized", "brainwashed" or "undead", depending on the sequel, but here they look and feel human. They speak religious gibberish that is painful to sit through, especially during the second act. This one's a little more conservative and chatty but has interesting visuals and strong scenes of suspense.