- Ax 2013
The Uh-Oh! Show
Grim Fairy Tale
Andrew Allen, Andy Lalino, Mark Ford (executive) for Film Ranch International, Lion's Kill Productions
directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis
starring Brooke McCarter, Nevada Caldwell, Krista Grotte, Joel D.Wynkoop, Kenny Rogers, Bruce Blauer, Jarrett Ricker, Jack Amos, Kelsey Donegan, Lauren Schmier, Carol Ann Johnson, Eclipse, Russ Forga, Nicole Paris Williams, Jannette Sepwa, Ronald Woodard, Trish Dempsey, Matt Camero, Denise Liptak, Kristin Diaz, Lloyd Kaufman, Jillian Kinsman, Shelby McIntyre, Paul Hickert, jill Sager, Gregory P.Milton, Mike Christopher, Paul Clolery, Babette Bombshell, Chris Giuffre, Julie Anne, Anthony Wayne, Morgan Lambert, Herschell Gordon Lewis
written by Herschell Gordon Lewis, music by Patrick Ford, special effects by Oddtopsy FX
Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks
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News reporter Jill Burton (Nevada Caldwell) investigates a late night
gameshow, The Uh-Oh! Show, on which the contestants are dismembered
live on TV, as she figures there's something not quite legal about the
show (well, they do dismember people). Then her boyfriend Richard
(Jarrett Ricker) goes onto the show - against her advice -, is
decapitated, and vanishes from the face of the earth. Now Jill knows she
has to do something, and she soon enlists the help of her cameraman Oscar
(Kenny Rogers) and local reporter Ray (Bruce Blauer), but is at teh same
time fired by her boss Dean (Jack Amos), because he also runs the network
that airs The Uh-Oh! Show ...
Meanwhile, behind the scenes of The
Uh-Oh! Show, trouble are brewing because Jackie (Brooke McCarter)
doesn't like the violent turn the show has taken lately, while the show's
creator Fred (Joel D.Wynkoop) wants to revamp the show's concept as a
primetime show incorporating Grimm's fairy tales. Eventually, Jackie and
his assistant/girlfriend Champagne (Krista Grotte) are fired from the show
Somehow, Jill, Oscar and Ray manage to team up with Jackie and
Champagne, and they decide to raid The Uh-Oh! Show's studio right
through the first broadcast of the new Grim Fairy Tales ... and
Jill gets captured and is about to get sawed in half right in front of a
cheering audience. But Jill's friends come to her rescue, and not only
expoose Fred - who has taken over hosting duties himself - but also fry
him by sending thousands of Volts through his body live on air, in front
of the very same cheering studio audience.
After that experience, our
heroes try to stay away from media violence as far as possible, Jackie and
Champagne become puppeteers, and Jill, Ray and Oscar now work for the
local news of a public access channel - but will this stop the public's
thirst for media violence for even one bit?
Lloyd Kaufman has an
extended cameo as a pimp, extra-sized genre personality Babette Bombshell
plays one of his hookers. Director Herschell Gordon Lewis himself appears
several times during the movie as a turbaned weirdo reading twisted
fairytales to a bunch of kids.
Though as gory as ever, The
Uh-Oh! Show is not among Herschell Gordon Lewis' best films, and not
on par with his classics, probably mostly because when Lewis started, he
had the gore genre all to himself, and nowadays gore movies are a dime a
That said though, The Uh-Oh! Show shows that at 80 years
of age, Lewis is still on top of his game, in this film he remains as
respectless as ever, maybe even more so, and once more mixes buckets of
blood and heaps of dismembered body parts with a healthy dose of humour
that ranges from subtle to broad and even slightly self-reflexive media
satire - and it's all set in garish, 1970's style colours.
All of this
results in an utterly respectless comedy, and despite it isn't among
Lewis' best, you will probably still like it - provided you're into
political incorrectness, gore and severed bodyparts ...