Gravy is a movie that took me by surprise. In fact, I’m going to go ahead and advise any potential readers to stop reading this review, and return after you’ve viewed the film. I knew absolutely nothing about the plot, or honestly anything. I didn’t know who starred in the movie, I didn’t watch a trailer, read a synopsis, anything. And I think this may have amplified my enjoyment. Make no mistake, it’s still one of the best Halloween-themed movies I’ve seen this year, or honestly for the past several, regardless of whether or not viewed blind. However, I am a firm believer that the less you know about a movie, the better. Now that that is out of the way, holy shit guys, you have to see Gravy!
I think it would do a disservice to Gravy to refer to it as a horror comedy. I’m actually having trouble finding a way to categorize it. Sure, there are elements of horror, elements of comedy, and everything else you could possibly squeeze into a little movie like this, but it honestly escapes any one label. Gravy is a hilarious, disgusting, horrific, and insanely entertaining little Halloween-themed movie. It takes place almost entirely in one location, save for a brief opening and closing scene. It features some real badass character actors, such as Jimmi Simpson, Michael Weston, Paul Rodriguez, hell, even Sarah Silverman for a couple of brief moments.
The general idea is that a group of costumed-psychopaths have devised a plan to infiltrate a local eatery, bolt the doors shut, and make dinner of its inhabitants. It sounds pretty grizzly, and in some ways it is, but in reality, this is a character movie, with some of the best character actors working today. Even the psychos you will identify and sympathize with, you know, unless they’re currently doing psychotic things. It’s funny, gory at times, has a great soundtrack, and might be the best quirky little Halloween-themed movie since Murder Party. In fact, if I had to compare it to any recently-released Halloween movie, it would be that. The two are nothing unlike, other than the fact that they are odd little films, both of which take place on Halloween Night.
I love almost anything Jimmi Simpson appears in, and this is no different. His character, Stef, along with Michael Weston’s Anson were definitely the highlights of the movie for me. But everybody does a tremendous job here, and never did I feel anything but entertained. It’s hilarious from the start, and even when the middle portion of the film inevitably slows down for a brief moment, it remains equally hilarious. There are several Halloween horror movies being released this October, but if you only have time to see one, I urge you select Gravy. You won’t regret it.
Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of the film, while light on the features, would be the perfect October blind-buy. It looks and sounds fantastic, and if you find that you’ve loved it as much as I did, you can watch it again with commentary by James Roday, Sutton Foster, and Jimmi Simpson. And while that’s the extent of the extra features, save for a short featurette titled “What Is Gravy” it’s well worth a second watch just to hear the antics of Simpson. Gravy is highly recommended. You can purchase a copy for yourself by clicking this link.