Grotesque (1988 film)

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DVD cover
Directed by Joe Tornatore
Produced by Mike Lane
Chuck Morrell
Written by Joe Tornatore
Screenplay by Mikel Angel
Starring Linda Blair
Tab Hunter
Donna Wilkes
Guy Stockwell
Brad Wilson
Nels Van Patton
Charles Dierkop
Luana Patten
Robert Z'Dar
United Filmmakers
Release date
Running time
89 min.
Country United States
Language English

Grotesque is a 1988 horror film that was directed by Joe Tornatore. Linda Blair, who previously starred in The Exorcist, starred in the film and was the associate producer.[1] It was filmed at Big Bear Lake.[2]


During Lisa (Linda Blair) and her friend Kathy's (Donna Wilkes) vacation at her parents home in the snowy mountains, a group of punks break in to rob them. The gang murder the family until only Lisa is left alive. Lisa's adopted brother Patrick (Bob Apiza), a mutant hunchback who was hidden away, attacks the gang until he is killed by the police which results in his father Rod (Tab Hunter), a plastic surgeon, seeking revenge on the final two gang members.[2]


Joe Corey, of Inside Pulse, wrote, "The movie gets weird with a rather arty finale about cinema and reality. This isn’t so much Grotesque as Perplexed".[3] Stuart Galbraith IV, writing for DVD Talk, said that "the picture is a time-wasting jumble of half-baked ideas, overcooked performances (the actors playing punks are ridiculously overwrought throughout), and herky-jerky pacing".[4]

Paul Pritchard, of DVD Verdict, wrote that "Grotesque makes yet another shift as it becomes an early entry into the torture porn genre, before ending in total farce, as it makes one final genre shift into comedy".[1] A review in VideoHound's Cult Flicks & Trash Pics said that the film is "played too straight to be funny and too badly to be shocking".[2]

Home media[edit]

Grotesque was released in a DVD set with three other low-budget films - Lady Frankenstein, The Velvet Vampire, and Time Walker. While the other films in the set have special features, this film does not.[1] It is the only film in the set that is full frame, which a reviewer for DVD Talk said that it "appears to be an ancient video transfer, one that might even pre-date the dawn of DVD".[4]


  1. ^ a b c Pritchard, Paul (September 9, 2011). "Vampires, Mummies, And Monsters". DVD Verdict. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Schwartz, Carol; Olenski, Jim (2002). VideoHound's Cult Flicks & Trash Pics. Visible Ink Press. p. 222. ISBN 1-57859-113-9. 
  3. ^ Corey, Joe (October 31, 2011). "DVD Review: Roger Corman's Cult Classics – Vampires, Mummies and Monsters". Inside Pulse. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Galbraith IV, Stuart (September 22, 2011). "Vampires, Mummies and Monsters Collection (Lady Frankenstein / The Velvet Vampire / Time Walker / Grotesque)". DVD Talk. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 

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