Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 28th, 2009
Release Dates: USA, 1988 (Slime City), 1991 (Undying Love), 1999 (Naked Fear), 2007 (Johnny Gruesome)
Director: Greg Lamberson
Writer: Greg Lamberson
Cast: Robert C. Sabin, Mary Huner, T.J. Merrick, Dennis Embry, Dick Biel, Jane Doniger, Bunny Levine, Tommy Sweeney, Julie Lynch, Andrew Lee Barrett, Lee Kayman, Peggy Crown, Erin Brown, Ryan O’Connell
DVD released: July 28th, 2008
Approximate running times: 81 minutes (Slime City), 75 minutes (Undying Love), 79 minutes (Naked Fear), 8 minutes (Johnny Gruesome)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Slime City, Undying Love & Johnny Gruesome), 1.33:1 Full Frame (Naked Fear)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English (All Films)
DVD Release: Shock-O-Rama Cinema
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
The plot revolves a college student named Alex who moves into an apartment that used to be inhabited by cult members who committed suicide. The souls of these cult members need new body’s to return to the flesh and Alex is the final body needed to bring back their leader Zachary. This is one bizarre film in which the main character Alex is often covered in a green slime which has something to do with his transformation into Zachary. One of this film’s most enjoyable aspects is its cast of oddball characters who populate the apartment Alex has just moved into.
Sure the gore and special effects look cheap (like a crawling brain and a chest with a vagina with sharp teeth), but then that is exactly why this film works as well as it does. Performance wise all of the cast are very enjoyable in their respective roles especially the film’s two leads Robert C. Sabin in the role of Alex and Mary Huner in the dual role of Lori and Nicole. One of the standout scenes from the film is a scene where the Nicole character does a seductive dance in a skimpy outfit.
Undying Love: Scott Kelly is given a second chance at life after a failed suicide attempt when he crosses paths with a vampire named Carmilla who promises him eternal life.
Undying Love is a hard film to gauge as the unfocused plot never settles in one direction. At the core of this film is a story about vampires that doesn’t bring anything new to the table that hasn’t already been done and said before. Also the plot just drags along as it is mostly filled with mundane scenarios that pad what is already a razor thin plot. This film is not particularly violent or bloody. One thing that I did like about this film was the main villain Evan (the head vampire) tapes razors to his finger tips and uses these razors to slice and dice his victims.
Naked Fear: Since witnessing the death of his parents a young man named Camden has closed himself off from the rest of the world as he never leaves the apartment that was once his parents.
An interesting premise in which the lead character Camden suffers from agoraphobia. Not much about this film works as none of the characters lend themselves to likability. The plot feels overlong despite only being a film that clocks in just under, eighty minutes. Another flaw is that is it not that hard to quickly see where the plot is going. Also this film’s shot on video look doesn’t help either as the compositions come off as look very plain. Just about the only thing entertaining about this film is its villain Randy whose fits of deranged brutality are so over the top making is near impossible to take him seriously.
Johnny Gruesome: A young man is murdered by another boy who wants his girlfriend.
At about nine minutes, Johnny Gruesome is an all too brief tale about a young man who comes back from the dead after being murdered. This short film is dialog free as the soundtrack is made up of hard rock songs which help narrate the action. This short film features Erin Brown (Misty Mundae) in the role of Johnny’s girlfriend.
Slime City, Undying Love and Johnny Gruesome are all presented in an anamorphic widescreen while Naked Fear is presented in a 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio. Slime City and Undying Love were both shot on 16mm and they fare much better transfer wise than Naked Fear which was shot on video. Slime City has the best looking transfer in this set. All the films in this collection where shot on limited budgets and they all get presentations that range from good to adequate.
All the films included in this collection come with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Slime City and Johnny Gruesome are the two that fare the best as they are generally clear and free of any major audio defects. Undying Love and Naked Fear has noticeable background noise that is present throughout.
Extras for this release are spread over two DVDs. Extras on disc one include “Slime City: Making Slime” (7 minutes 24 seconds), the extras is mostly comprised of behind the scenes footage which is narrated over by director Greg Lamberson and “Undying Love: Making Love the Grindhouse Way” (9 minutes) which includes comments from Greg Lamberson and actor Tommy Sweeney. The main extras on disc one are an audio commentary for Slime City with Greg Lamberson and actor Robert C. Sabin and an audio commentary for Undying Love with Greg Lamberson and Tommy Sweeney. Rounding out the extras for disc one is a Shock-O-Rama trailer gallery.
Extras for disc two include “Johnny Gruesome: Meeting his Maker” (7 minutes 23 seconds), which includes comments from Greg Lamberson who discusses the origins of the character and “Slime Heads” (44 minutes 53 seconds) in which Robert C. Sabin and actress Mary Huner discuss the various projects in which the work with director Greg Lamberson. The bulk of the discussion revolves around the film Slime City. Rounding out the extras for disc two is an audio commentary with Greg Lamberson, Robert C. Sabin and Tommy Sweeney for the film Naked Fear. Also included with this release is a mini replica poster for the DVD cover art and liner notes about Greg Lamberson and the films included in this collection. The wealth of extras included for this release, are detailed and at times insightful. Overall Slime City Grindhouse Collection is a fully loaded DVD release that perfectly showcases the films of Greg Lamberson.