Movie Review – Cannibal Flesh Riot!

Every now and again, Flunky stumbles upon a movie that surprises her and is actually good. Maybe it’s because of her low expectations. Maybe it’s because she had her soul sucked from her body and these less and less often occurring “good” movies give her hope that somewhere out there in this crazy old mixed up universe of ours, there’s still a few people who know what the hell they’re doing. Whatever the case may be, Cannibal Flesh Riot was one of those movies.

Stash and Hub, two redneck ghouls, take a journey through an ancient graveyard to do what ghouls have done for centuries: grave defiling, necrophilia and cannibalism. On their midnight walk, they rant about their idiosyncrasies. But this morbid journey to feast on the dead does not unfold as it has the numerous nights before. Stash and Hub have raided the resting place of the deceased one too many times and the dead do not take lightly being fed on for centuries.

I’ve decided to start with everything I didn’t like about the movie this go round. Mostly, because this way if I forget to mention something I did like (which is more than probable) you won’t think I hated it…. If that makes any sense what-so-ever.

It was too short!!!! I was genuinely upset when the movie was over (‘tis about 30min) and I wanted more. Perhaps not more of Stash and Hub considering the two of them bickering in a graveyard can only take you so far, but I think it would be fun to do a collection of shorts like this and put them together on a DVD. It would make my day. Not only that, but it would make the title less misleading. Don’t get me wrong, I love the title, but there was no rioting, which was a bit of a let down (also no singing which was a let down, but the title promised no singing so I’ll let that go).

That’s it. No joke. That’s all I’m gonna whine about. Now, on to the fun stuff.

I’ve been watching a lot of old silent/black and white films lately and have developed a bit of a taste for them. So, you can imagine my small leap of joy as I discovered that this was not only in black and white but done in a silent film style (title cards and all that jazz) but with the joys of sound. It really adds to the overall mood and feel of the film and when combined with the Harryhausen style stop motion animation made for an enjoyable cinematic viewing experience (sounding all educated and that).

The dialogue was what carried this film. There is very little plot and it’s the dialogue that keeps things entertaining for the whole thirty minutes. It was all wonderfully written and I found it hilarious. The delivery was a huge factor in this as well and David Backhaus (Stash) and Dustin Loreque (Hub) did fantastic jobs. However, you do need a particular sense of humor it will all just be lost on you. Here’s a few quick samples of my favorite lines:

“God knows how many types of salad dressings there are out there!”

“I don’t like condiments.”
“Have you even tried any?”
“They scare me.”

Not quite as funny out of context, but there you go. At least now you have an idea of what I’m talking about (yes Flunky has a strange sense of humor, let’s all point and laugh).

The special effects were very…old school (if you didn’t guess that through the stop motion animation I wonder about you), but the overall style of the film made it work and I thought they were just great. Sometimes the old ways are the best ways. There was a little CGI used and there was nothing about it that made me feel one way or the other.

As soon as I finished watching, I wanted to watch it again (which I did) and I would highly recommend it to everyone I know and anyone who enjoys older film styles. Cannibal Flesh Riot adds a delightful sense of the macabre to classic film and earns itself a shiny 5 star rating from Flunky.

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