A couple of crooks wait for
classes to end at a High School so that they can sneak in and get “it”
from the walls where the janitor had hid “it”. We never really
find out what they are looking for but does it matter? Hell no!
So anyways they end of shooting the janitor several times but he doesn’t
know what “it” is so they eventually just kill him. While
looking for “it” themselves one of them sees a button on the wall
in the basement. So he pushes the button releasing a gas that
knocks both of them unconscious as well as putting something into the
water supply. The scene then changes to the pool where the schools
swim team is practicing. In short order the swim team turns into
flesh eating ghouls, eat their coaches, attack the horror film loving
a/v nerds, and eat most of the basketball team. It is up to the
a/v nerds, the survivors of the basketball team, and the kick ass band
that was practicing for the weekend dance to save the day!
This is a great example of
what truly talented people can do with a very low budget. The
story is silly and as they freely admit in the extras is nothing more
than a rip off of Demons and Return of the Living Dead played for laughs.
If you sit down to watch Ghoul School with this in mind then you are
going to have a blast. The acting is just about what you would
expect in this kind of movie. Some of the actors do a great job
and have talent, while others were simply warm bodies that could be
relied upon to show up on time and say their lines. Fans of Howard
Stern’s old radio show will see that Jackie “the Jokeman” Martling
has a cameo that really doesn’t fit with the rest of the movie (though
his jokes do crack me up!). The script and dialog are okay.
They keep the lines simple, which work well with a cast of amateurs.
More importantly the script is paced so that the action starts off quickly
and never ends until the credits roll. This is critical in a movie
like Ghoul School because honestly who watches a movie like this and
worries about character development and motivations? We want mayhem
and gore which it delivers in copious volumes. Hell my only complaint
is that the movie lacks any nudity but I suppose that I can forgive
them for that. The effects in Ghoul School aren’t great but
work pretty well in a low budget film like this. Plus they make
up for the cheesy effects by giving us a lot of them. Sure the
axe to the crotch looks fake and you can see the plastic prop underneath
but I don’t remember anyone ever showing an axe hitting the family
jewels before so what the hell. I definitely give them an “A”
for effort on the effects.
Here is my advice to you the
horror movie fan. Sit down, turn off the part of your brain that
does the critical thinking, and turn on the DVD/VHS player. I
guarantee you that will have a blast watching Ghoul School. I
highly recommend it.
Rating - ***
-John "El Juan" Shatzer