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C.H.U.D. on a Bad Acid Trip
on January 27, 2007
"The Ghouls" was not exactly what I was expecting it to be. The description on the back of the DVD box makes it sound like a fairly typical zombie movie. "The Ghouls" however is anything but typical.
The main character, Eric Hayes, is a thoroughly despicable man who makes his living listening to the police scanner and rushing out to videotape crimes in progress. He then sells his tapes to the highest bidder.
One night, Eric witnesses three men dragging a screaming woman into a dark alley. Eric grabs his camera and follows, fully expecting to videotape a rape. Instead the three "men" tear the woman apart and eat her. Eric runs away when the ghouls come after him next, but returns the following evening with a friend and a gun to videotape the ghouls in action again.
This is not a movie for the easily offended. There is a lot of graphic violence on hand. As I mentioned earlier, the main character is simply a loathsome person. That may also turn off some viewers.
The CHUD comparison in my title refers to the fact that the ghouls live in the sewer by day, but come out to eat at night. But unlike the fun 1984 horror film, "The Ghouls" is dark and somewhat depressing, yet strangely compelling. For indie horror fans this is well worth a look.