THE GRIM REAPER(1976) Now this isn't that garlic muncher that
Joe D'Amato did in 1980, lets get that clear right off the bat.
This is another Christian scare film from my all-time favorite
director-The late, GREAT Ron Ormond. As you can guess from the
quality of the vid-caps these things ain't exactly available on
DVD, so we're always happy to get one and visit the golden age
of Christ-sploitation (a genre which has made quite a come-back
what with the OMEGA CODE and that other recent low-budget Christian
action movie I can't remember the name of) Webmaster Note: LEFT
Now if you read Tread's review of IF FOOTMAN TIRE.... you'll
remember that after years of pumping out great southern drive-in
trash movies like THE MONSTER AND THE STRIPPER Ormond had a couple
of close brushes with his own mortality and turned to the lord
A really intolerant, ultra-conservative, weird Lord, but the Lord,
nonetheless. He then started pumping out great southern Christian
trash movies designed to be shown in church basements and scare
the holy shit out of any non-believer who happened to see them.
In FOOTMEN Ron went after commies. In REAPER he goes after spiritualists,
i.e. fortune tellers and mediums and the like. Our story opens
at the funeral of a young boy at which the kid's dad gets p.o.'d
because the preacher won't admit that the son is in heaven. The
dad believes in Purgatory, but not the preacher because "Purgatory
does not exist" (Zing! Cheap shot at the Catholics!). Now the
father (played by the guy who played the child-beheading commie
in FOOTMAN) has 2 other sons; one is a preacher himself (played
by Tim Ormond), and the other is a curly headed NASCAR-racing,
goombah named Frankie. While Tim and his mom stay on the path
of righteousness, Dad and Frankie turn to the other opiate of
the masses, Sunday football and beer. Frankie ain't havin' none
of this God stuff ("This religion thing is your scene man! I want
big cars and big money! No religion for this dude!") so of course,
he is killed instantly in a speedway pile-up.
From here we meet Dr Koom-rhan, a fey dinner-theater reject in
a blue turban straight out of Ali Baba. Dad has invited him into
their home in an effort to contact Frankie, but Tim's character
shuts him down in his tracks.
We get a great flashback of Dad's 1st meeting with Dr Koom-rahn
at his "mysterious lair" which looks like a Pier-1. We are treated
an unbelievable seance complete with things flying around with
the aid of fishing wire and the DISNEY'S SOUNDS OF THE HAUNTED
MANSION record as background noise. Dad becomes more interested
in his son's teachings and we get to see many scenes from the
Bible as performed by the morning crew of a Cracker Barrel and
some hellfire and brimstone evangilizin' from big name God guys
like Jerry Fallwell and Jack Van Impe. Somewhere in there is June
Ormond in a dollar store witch get-up which you have to see. It
all ends with Dad having a vision of himself in Hell that's so
scary he craps his pants and runs up to the alter to be saved
. And in Ron Ormond's theology, Hell looks like a weenie roast
with the cast of the Cirque Du Soleil.
Like FOOTMEN this a jaw-dropper, and it proves that no matter
what life changing decisions Ron made, the man could not make
an unentertaining movie. Blessed are we Ron, blessed are we.
was a family thing
|The Ministry of Jack
Van Impe. He don't like you friggin' around with the undead.
have get to get that Oingo Boingo cover.
|This unknown actress
gets goosed for effect by Ron Ormond himself. Just checking
the oil there, Missy!
Gestapo Black Exploitation?
From Tobacco Row It's Good!
Squad Join Today!
Meateater Do Not Touch!
Stranger Run Run Opie!
House On Hwy 5 Sheesh!
Locked Doors It's Dirty!
Massacre Some Like It.
Pussy It had to be done
Alley It is Rock.
Woman Truck. Woman.
Freak A Classic for You!
Geek Bigfoot Porn
School Ghosthustlers Wow!
Island You Must See!
Not that kinda Cock!
Alienator Feeling Alienated?
Island Vanity and the Beast
Spree Tim Ritter's $0 budget wonder
Prof. Tread still can't sleep.
Tramp She is sumpin' else.
Footmen Tire You...? Heavy religiosity!
Knievel Evel of Course!
Killing Of A Chinese Bookie! Smart Guy.
Pink Angels Gayness, and Bikes
Burning The 80's, ahhh the 80's.
- The Winged Serpant! Larry Cohen rules!
For Your Life! WARNING Racist content
Tall Buford Pusser in the Hizouse!
Camp Internet Geeks Unite!
Losers Ya Loser!
of the Mutilated Bro. George gets busy.
Me An Angel Gal Biker and more.
Grim Reaper Reap on.
One of William Girdler's triumphs.
At Dawn A Modern Classic.
Boy Carradine, Dress, Dourif!
Hollywood Rape-Slaughter Rare expose'.
Savage Weekend. Take
Dead and Buried.
A Should-be Classic.
Summer In Barefoot County. PeeUww!
Night Train To
Terror Choo Choo!
Drink Your Blood Glug, glug!
Russ Meyer and breasts!
Stop Women Honnnk HonnnnK!
Deadly Darling! Pigs!
the Germ Fighter! Clean up!
Doesn't Cathy Eat Breakfast? Why?!
County Express! Glug, Glug!
The Night God Screamed!
White Dog Racists
City Slickers get offed!
Times Five Sean MacGregor's Titantic!
at the Red Wolf Inn Burp!
Eyes See It
Greatest Sinner One of the best!
Baby! Goo Goo!
Camp Nightmare Viva the Revolution!
of the Beast Creatures Booga!
Play Dead Incest craziness!
of Death Vacation madness!
Come, Evil Go! Bye, Bye Sinners!
Strutters Get Black Sucker!
Pretty Eddie Deep South Craziness!
Golem Jewish Folklore or what?
NYC Apartment Blues
To Kill A Clown
Alan Alda Vietnam Vet!
Spook Who Sat Next To The Door Booya!
Woke Up Early The Day I Died Mr. Ed Wood.
Mutilation Man Andy Copp goes arty on us!
People Across The Lake Good TV!
Woman Hunt Load Up Gents.
Devil At You Heels Daring Devil.
Are The Damned Dammit!
Farm TV movie Classic!
|The Grim Reaper...from
a very grim dub, sorry!
|Can we get a little
sumpin' for the Ormonds, everyone, c'mon!
you hear me, Intimidator....Noooooooooooooooooo!
up after a big meal always leads to bad dreams.
Zooot! Dr. Koom-rhan!
|Helll, Ormond Style.
Fire, Brimstone, and Preachin'
and Magic, BAH, the old mask in camera, works everytime.
|The Debil doing
his best Fuad Ramses..."ever had a fine Egyptian..."
aw forget it, you guys won't get it.
|Paul, without Peter
and Mary and George, John and Ringo. Going to get his Jesus
|Okay, I don't think
this is working like we planned there, Paul.
|See you in Hell
Ron, just because Monster and the Stripper, no way God is
gonna get that one.