REVIEW: Morbid (2014)

After finally getting around to watching Chuck Conry's first film, Morbid, I was kicking myself. I've been sitting on a screener copy of the movie for months, and as it is, the film came out years ago. I was such a huge fan of his movie Door 1 of the 5 Doors to Hell that I even persuaded Chuck to let me new label, PSFilms Video, put that film out on blu-ray. I should have known I'd be in for a treat watching Morbid. 

You'd not know it from the cover or the synopsis, but anyone familiar with Chuck's work will not at all be surprised to learn that the film is a laugh riot. I'm not 100% sure that he sets out to write and create comedy films, but that's how it ends up working out, and for my money, they're perfect. In the case of Morbid, we follow a group of teens in a small town who are being massacred by a killer in a business suit. Despite the film starting off with a double murder, everyone in town is too busy worrying about The Big Game and the afterparty to concern themselves with something so trivial.

Despite being extremely low budget, Morbid is filled with some pretty great practical FX, and something lacking in many indie or underground horror movies, some actual top-notch acting. You'll think I'm being gracious here, but I'm not. Richard Chilton, who plays the football quarterback Sky "Fucking" Walker, is incredible. If I could retroactively give this guy the Oscar for best actor in 2013, I would. And that year was given to Daniel Day Lewis for Lincoln, so you know I'm not screwing around. The guy is a laugh riot, and every line is delivered with perfection. Acting classes should watch this guy work and take notes; he's that great. I hope to see more of him in the future.

As the killings continue, the only person giving a damn is Detective Broshdursky (Ryan Grooms, Door 1 of the 5 Doors To Hell and the upcoming Chicken's Blood), who is doing his best to make it to the after party, find the killer, and save the day. I don't think I'm spoiling anything by saying that he makes it just in time, but I won't say anything more about the massive, throbbing ending of this movie. It's really got to be seen to be believed.

As a film reviewer and massive horror fan, I can't say enough good things about Morbid. As a filmmaker myself, I'm glad to see that Conry is out there doing what he loves, writing in Ric Flair references and slashing people up on film. Whooooooo!

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