Cannibal Flesh Riot! is the directorial debut for author/illustrator Gris Grimly. It all started as a project with the ex-guitarist of the Nekromantix, Peter Sandorff. While he was still thrashing away metal riffs for the renowned psychobilly band, He approached Gris about collaborating together on a project that would combine Peter's music with Gris's art. The idea began as a limited edition horror comic that would come with a hell-bopping soundtrack pressed on a 45. The project was started, but never released. Gris had decided to take the project in another direction and approached Peter with the idea of turning the same story into a short film, written and directed by Gris with music composed by Peter. Peter agreed.
Ghoul (gool) n. 1: a legendary evil being that robs graves and feeds on corpses 2: one suggestive of a ghoul-ghoul-ish
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.
Enter a world that has no prepositions of time or space in this character driven short film that stands outside of any genre. It verges on comedy with its cynical dark wit. It dabbles in horror with its exhumed graves, corpses and Lovecraftian monsters. It reeks of social commentary with its dialogue of social rejection, family recipes and traumatic cartoons from childhood. It is a cinematic representation of rock and roll, EC horror comics, drunken philosophy and a barnyard ho down. Taste the flavors of 50s B films, German Expressionism and stop motion effects (a la Harryhausen/Obrien) using real meat.