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STUDIO: Camp Motion Pictures
RUNNING TIME: 226 minute
•Commentary for both film
Of Grave Mistakes
double dose of terror from the terrifying world of digital video!
George and Chris LaMartina
Cast (Book Of Lore):AJ Hyde, D, Patrick Bauer, Dan
Mistakes):Ryan Thomas, John Beck
Kids! It’s easy to make a movie!
Video is a funny thing. Because of it, anyone who wants to can make
anything they want to.This can be good. And this can be very, very bad.
DV is the dodo bird of cinema. On it’s own it does fine, but once it
gets exposed to rest of the world it dies a quick death and is sent to
bargain bin purgatory, where it’ll spend the rest of it’s days getting
picked over for the styling’s of Lorenzo Lamas.
learned to fly DV movie.”
Our double dip of digital
droll starts off with Book Of Lore. Rick Adams (Hyde) is a mess. Not only does
he have one of those giant white spots in his hair but his girlfriend
has up and disappeared because she looked in a bag on top of her car and
the worst cop on Earth is too busy doing absolutely nothing to help
out. When his shiny faced bully finds poor Future Mrs. Rick Adams, dead,
with her fingernails stabbed into her eyeballs, things start to get
really weird. What do the killings have to do with a composition
notebook that is found under a dead brothers bed? Why are Rick’s friends
(Bauer, Vidor) apparently mentally handicapped? What does the bag have
to do with his dead girlfriend? And why doesn’t anyone in town care that
one by one, half of their population is being slaughtered in gruesome
off screen deaths?!?! Only one of these questions will be answered by
the never ending Book
“You don’t know what it’s like to be a cop who looks like a guy that doesn’t look like a cop. I’m a tough nut to crack. Fact.”
Gotta hand it to the youngsters who made this
one. It certainly has a beginning. And a middle. And an end. Too bad
they go off on tangents that make as much sense as sticking a microphone
in a jar of mayonnaise and dancing to the beat of an IPad in a blender.
The whole film takes place in some kind of fantasy world where college
kids have bullies that are nerdier than they are. Ol” Shiny Face and his
Dirt-stache Magic The Gathering sidekick just don’t move me the same
way Brad Renfro would. There is no reason for some of the characters to
be in the movie at all. The sheriff for instance doesn’t do anything
remotely cop like in the entire movie except sit there looking like a
cross between Forest Whitaker and 50cent with a badge and rip down
missing person posters in front of their loved ones.
Oh thanks 75cent. You really know how to break it
easy! The book of the title is nothing more than a composition notebook
that is found under the bed and a few times we are given mini-stories
about the other things that have happened in the town in flashback form.
All of these are more interesting than our driving plot of a killer who
calls himself the Devil’s Left Hand. That’s DLH for short. Don’t you
forget it. The book just ends up being a device to keep everything
moving with more and more “revelations” being discovered in every other
scene despite it being a rather tiny book with blatantly obvious .
Ultimately this ends up being more like The Finalest Destination:Part 2
than anything else, with the book containing clues pertaining to who’s
gonna get killed next and where and how! Everything is competently shot
and the lighting and sound aren’t the worst they could be. The hilarity
level of the acting reaches a couple high points as well. There’s
nothing like Ol’ Shiny Face yelling out, “Where’d you get that shirt?
Pit Stains R Us?”. Oh the joy. Ultimately it’s just too long, clocking
in at 110 minutes and constantly confuses you with events that just
don’t make any sense and are never explained.
I feel like I’m being a
little harder than I should be, but they obviously had the drive,
money, and ability to make something better, and they almost get there
but it’s more like watching something your friends made in high school
and you watched the whole thing to be polite. Low budget horror movies
are all the rage. But this one just punches you in the eyes and head and
doesn’t even have the decency to tell you why.
should have been the main feature on the DVD. It’s thrown in as an extra
which is unfortunate because it really is a bigger, better film than Book Of Lore. Mr.
Burke (Thomas) is a grave robber that looks like a junkie. His friend
is Old Man (Beck)and looks like Colonel Sanders. Old Man has an antique
shop specializing in the boring and Grave Digger just can’t get enough
of the cash money. KFC seems to be throwing at him like Frisbees. When
Burke brings him a ring that looks incredibly like the one that was
buried with his dear dead mother, he decides to up the anti and offer
him trade for seemingly worthless items that all have incredible stories
to go along with them, which are all dished out. Original Recipe style.
is set up as an anthology with the grave robber story as the wrap
around. A zombie, a ghost, a demon and vampires round out the other
four. This is a big step up from their first feature. Every story has
the same basic formula. Someone does something, something undead shows
up and fucks everyone up, but it is rather fun to watch throughout. The
biggest flaw in the film lies with the picture quality. The wrap around
looks about as best I’ve ever seen Canon DV look. It’s got a really nice
golden hue to everything and the lighting and framing of everything
just stands so far above the rest of it, that it makes it seem like it
wasn’t even supposed to be part of the same movie. The other stories are
your typical DV with the basic hues of blue, yellow and green taking
precedence of everything. A lot of the cast of “Book Of Lore” return to
this and they all decided against working on their technique in the 3
years since, but that doesn’t stop this from being very watch able with a
few stand out moments that make this film the better of the two by
leaps and bounds. Even all the art on the back of the box and before Book Of Lore
starts is from Grave
All in all neither of these are very good but
for what they are, they could be a lot worse. They almost go out of
their way to be as inoffensive to everyone which is a nice, different
touch to films like these, but they never really get any better than forgettable. Everyone seems to be having a good time making them and that
comes off on screen. At least their hearts are in the right place.
around a little bit. Decisions decisions”.
For a little DVD there is a lot of features on the disc.
There’s a 12 minute making of featurette which talks about filming and
how they went about writing it. Your basic stuff. The radio interview
that brings up a few interesting things about the casting and where
their influences come from. A short TV news spot is a nice touch and is
what you’d expect from a local college news channel doing a 5 minute
spot on the students working on the movie. The commentaries are hard to
get through. There are more “um’s” and “Uh’s” than you can shake a stick
at and are an overload of information. It’s like listening to two
people you’ve just met talk about their home town and friends but you
have no idea who or what they’re talking about and don’t really care.
The best thing on the entire DVD though is the trailer vault. 12
trailers from the weird home video horror movie’s of the 80’s, 90’s, and
new DV pictures like Nun Of That and Killing Spree. The trailers for
Video Violence 1 and 2 are almost worth the DVD on their own.
out of 10
Mistakes 5.5 out of 10