Sometimes it can take some time after a film festival to wade through everything picked up at the vendor tables. But Cannibal Flesh Riot!
, the debut mini-feature by director-writer Gris Grimly
has turned out to be one of more wonderfully gruesome acquisitions from last month's Fangoria Weekend of Horrors
. A tribute to 50's drive-in horror, Ray Harryhausen and psycho-billy music, it's the black-and-white tale of two redneck flesh-eating ghouls and their unfortunate final visit to the graveyard.
The movie, best described as Tex Avery's Evil Dead
, is an object lesson for filmmaking hopefuls in turning $6,000 into a fun little calling card. Mixing hyped-up live action, stop-motion, green screen, and a dash of CGI, it proves how available technology has become for film-makers.
Grimly (who counts Neil Gaiman as a fan and collaborator) is best known for his artwork for some of the more delightfully gothic kids books, like vampire romance Boris and Bella
, and his own Wicked Nursery Rhymes
. "I’m not necessarily a children’s book illustrator," he explained, "as much as I like monsters and horror.”