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Gnome Alone DVD Review

Gnome Alone DVD

“Gnome Alone” isn’t as campy as it could have been.

The plot: After an elderly homeless woman is killed in a hit and run accident, her age old curse is passed on to a young college student/store clerk (Zoe). This is no garden variety curse, however, as it comes with a killer gnome who makes any dark wish come true. Since Zoe has met a lot of scumbags in her life, she predictably makes a lot of careless wishes that come true (initially unbeknownst to her). With the gnome on a killer rampage, Zoe winds up becoming a prime suspect by the police. Can Zoe lift the curse and clear her name or will her life continue to fall apart?

“Gnome Alone” (which is essentially a cross between “Leprechaun” and “Wishmaster”) is a straight up silly and gory low-budget slasher that is filled with nudity, phony f/x, and bad acting. It is by no means a good movie, but if you dig schlocky “Be careful what you wish for” horror flicks, it might be up your alley. Then again, it might not be. As a fan of cmapy horror films myself, I was hoping “Gnome Alone” would be goofier than it really is. Yes, there are some amusing moments that involve a Leprechaun, swamp witches (don’t ask), a gnome sex scene, and corny lines like “You damn dirty gnome,” but it never quite fully embraces its campy premise.

On the plus side, Verne Troyer (best known as Mini-Me from the “Austin Powers”) does a commendable job as the titular gnome. He may not have the screen presence of a Warwick Davis, but he still steals the show with his wisecracks.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? Since the movie is filled with extreme close-ups, out of focus images, and shaky shots, the movie isn’t exactly visually pleasing. Still, the DVD transfer is as good as it can possibly here (which isn’t saying too much).

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? Shockingly poor. The dialogue is far too low here. You can barely hear Verne Troyer’s lines at times.

Extras:
* Digital HD copy.
* Lionsgate trailers and a “Gnome Alone” trailer.
* “The Making of Gnome Alone” featurette contains cast interviews, behind the scenes footage, film clips, and discussions about the characters and plot.

Overall Thoughts: If you haven’t seen the original “Leprechaun” films, you’re better off seeing those campy classics instead of “Gnome Alone.” If you have seen them all, then you might want to rent ‘Gnome’ if you’re in need of a laugh.

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January 14, 2015 - Posted by | DVD review | ,

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