Monday, January 20, 2014

Little Corey Gorey (1993): Family Matters

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Poor little Corey Gorey (Todd Fortune) simply cannot catch a break. After losing his father in an auto accident, he is forced to live with his rotten stepmother, Betty (Pat Gallagher), and her spoiled son, Biff (Greg Sachs), both of whom live to make Corey’s life a living hell on a daily basis. Betty and Biff take great joy in constantly abusing Corey, who is nothing more to them than a slave; a slave who’s there to fetch beer and clean up after these pathetic losers. You know things are bad for Corey when Betty hangs him from a curtain rod with a belt while Biff throws empty beer cans at him, and all because she couldn’t find the remote control to her TV. The situation is certainly grim for Corey, but just how long can he put up with this abuse before he finally snaps? How far can he be pushed?

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Corey is indeed pushed too far, and this happens when Biff steals his Ozzy Osbourne tickets. To make things worse, Biff takes the girl Corey has a crush on to the concert, which is what Corey was planning to do as a way to win her heart. This sets Corey off, forcing him into complete rage mode, and this is where things take a complete turn for Coey and all those who surround him. No longer will Corey be living under the constant abuse of Biff and Betty, and he makes sure of this by killing Biff and then tying Betty to the couch while he goes about enjoying his newfound freedom.  

Much of Little Corey Gorey is focused on all the crazy shit that happens to Corey after he disposes of Biff and puts his loudmouth stepmother out of commission. This includes some random run-ins with a dangerous local Mexican drug dealer, who is holding Corey accountable for the 8-ball he fronted to Biff before he went “missing.” Corey also starts to build a relationship with the girl he has a crush on, Jackie (Brenda Pope), as she ends up moving into his house and, soon enough, the two begin making plans to run away together. Unfortunately, however, Jackie isn’t as great as she seems, and eventually even she screws Corey over.

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While Little Corey Gorey was released in 1993, it is instantly apparent that the film has a very ‘80s feel about it. Interestingly enough, the film’s director, William Moroni, posted to IMDB that the film was actually shot around '89, which is certainly more fitting of a year than its actual release date. Seeing as I was 12 or 13 years old in ‘89, some of the locations and the metal influenced fashion really took me back to being a kid. I feel like the locations used in Little Corey Gorey could have been any number of friend’s or family member’s homes that I hung around in as a kid (which is likely because they are real homes), and having the Kiss “inspired” band Creature constantly playing on TV in the background doesn’t hurt that overall feel, either.  

Something else that defines Little Corey Gorey as a film is its lack of budget. The production value is similar to that of a Jan Terri music video, and I say that in as loving a way as possible. It’s low-budget is a part of its charm, and where Little Corey Gorey comes up short in terms of production value, it makes up for with its humor. The movie is meant to be a horror comedy of sorts, and it is indeed quite funny in both an intentional and unintentional fashion. There are some great sight gags as well as a few hysterical lines, my favorite being when Jackie says to Corey, “Let’s go somewhere romantic... like a hotel room!” A lot of the stuff that relates to the stepmother being tied up is surprisingly clever, too, namely the way people are so indifferent to her plight during a massive party that Corey and Jackie throw.

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If you feel as if Little Corey Gorey might be the right fit for your movie going life, then you can actually watch the director’s cut of the film, in whole and for free, over at a website that the director has set up. There is also a donation button, too, so if you are feeling generous, donate a few bucks. According to the director and others who worked on the film, no one made any money off Little Corey Gorey, though there are people who have been cashing in on DVD sales (one of which I actually own) and the filmmakers have not received any money as a result. Little Corey Gorey is a total blast and deserving of a bigger status as a cult film, so take 91 min out of your life to give it a whirl.  

Little Corey Gorey Website


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