Grey Matter (2010)

By Brett Mullins

Released: 2010

Directed by James B. Cox

Grey Matter is an adaptation of the Stephen King short with only a slight variation in content and spelling. A troublemaker teen can no longer handle his alcoholic, disabled father, and suspects that his father is somehow changing. The teen approaches his High School principal for help; however, he is disregarded as simply pulling another prank.

This film is a somewhat difficult to follow at points. For those not familiar with the Stephen King short, the ending will bring about both amazement and confusion, though far more confusion than amazement.

Grey Matter is beautifully constructed with a heavy emphasis on blood and other bodily fluids, a bit like The Ugly. Tyler Chase delivers an excellent performance as the lead and does much in getting the audience to care about the story. Allan Trautman and Rob Patterson also provide convincing supporting roles as the Principal and the Father respectively.

Grey Matter is superb in visuals and acting but falls a bit short in the story.

Rating: 5/10

This Film was screened at the 2012 Atlanta Horror Film Festival.

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