Gravy had the potential to be truly awful and tick all the boxes this website thrives upon. Relatively low budget, couple of recognisable faces (oh that’s him from that thing and that Top Shop model bird with the funny shaped head) and an un-inspiring plot. How wrong we were!
The film opens up with a rather awkward shaky cam tracking shot of a man exiting his car to walk into a convenience store. Either the shaky cam wasn’t used throughout or I just got used to it, but it was very jarring in the opening. What also didn’t sit well with me was the outrageous, at times uncomfortable to watch, exchange that took place between the man and the store clerk, one Sarah Silverman. It was so cringe inducing I just wanted to shut off all my senses until the scene was over.
However, once the first five minutes of the film are behind us we are graced with a laugh out loud story with some rip roaring performances backed up by a well written script. The basic premise of the movie revolves around a trio of misfits who get together every Halloween to partake in the consumption of human flesh. The unwitting victims of this year’s feast take the form of the staff of a diner. This could have been a forgettable slasher flick with wanton violence and gore, but instead we have witty banter and comedic exchanges with only a smattering of the red gooey stuff.
Some films give us cause to pause over here at ‘SoBadItsGood’ as it can sometimes come across as underselling a film, and that is the case with Gravy. You look at the poster, you look at the premise, you read the cast list and you think “God this is gonna be terrible” which is why we picked it up in the first place. It’s a shame it’s tarred with that brush as it’s a good movie which deserves the love that titles such as Shaun Of The Dead get heaped upon them, but will probably get overlooked by many. Not really one for the horror fanatics of the world but if you like a good laugh and some well written dark humour then Gravy is well worthy of your time.