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Sunday, February 19, 2012

DVD Review: THE UH-OH SHOW (2009)

  
THE UH-OH SHOW
Written & Directed by:  Herschell Gordon Lewis
Distributed by:  Media Blasters

For those familiar with the work of H.G. Lewis, you know what you are in for with one
of his films.   He is known as the "Godfather of Gore" for good reason.   His films are packed
full of blood and guts and his latest film, THE UH-OH SHOW, is no exception.  Here is the plot from imdb.com:
 
Jill Burton is a reporter who's dead set on getting the scoop behind The Uh-Oh! Show, the gory TV sensation that's sweeping the nation. Get the answer right and win piles of dough, get it wrong and Uh-Oh! it s off with your arms, legs, or more! Fred Finagler, the shows mastermind, feeds the fans depraved cravings by launching an even bloodier reality spectacular filled with Big Bad Wolf attacks, Hansel & Gretel-style torture massacres, and mauling mutilations from the Three Bears and a gore-crazed Goldilocks. It's just the type of prime-time violence Fred needs to keep the ratings high!

 If you are a fan of Mr. Lewis' films, then you will love THE UH-OH SHOW!  Even though this is a new film, it still has a look and feel to it as though it is one of his films from the 60's or 70's.   The film has a hilarious plot centered around a game show where you loose more than just money if you get an answer wrong.   The acting is not the strongest, but let's be honest...that's not what we are really looking for when we watch film from the Godfather of Gore!  We are here for the gore and just like his blood trilogy films from years ago, they are full of the red stuff!  You will witness arms and legs being cut off, as well has a head or two!  What is great is that all this is done with almost all practical effects.  Lewis does join the modern class of filmmakers and does use some CG effects, but they are very minimal.  Mainly just a blood splatter here and there. 

 If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend you check out THE UH-OH SHOW.  They don't make movies like this anymore.  Today's films that contain this much blood and guts are very dark and on a very serious not.  H.G. Lewis knows the gore is over the top, and plays it that way with some tongue-in-cheek humor.  The film is campy and fun, just like Mr. Lewis wanted it to be.  This is another piece of great work from one of the living legends of our time.  

THE UH-OH SHOW is available now on DVD from Media Blasters and contains the following special features:

*  Making of THE UH-OH SHOW
*  Commentary with Herschell Gordon Lewis
*  Commentary with producers Andrew Allan, Andy Lalino, and Mark Ford
*  Commentary with actors Brooke McCarter and Joel D. Wynkoop

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD
  

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