Grim Prairie Tales Reviews

  • Dec 22, 2020

    Saw this at an Independent film festival in Seattle. The entire audience thoroughly enjoyed it. The only thing this movie suffered from was piss poor marketing; it was so good and JEJ was fabulous. It's a movie about the telling of intriguing though somewhat unusual stories, but sadly marketed as, wait for it, a horror movie — a decision made by ppl that were crazy or stupid or stupid crazy. Ratings were based on reviews by those expecting a heart pumping horror film. Those of us that watched the movie without such a preconceived expectation were thoroughly entertained by it. Highly recommend.

    Saw this at an Independent film festival in Seattle. The entire audience thoroughly enjoyed it. The only thing this movie suffered from was piss poor marketing; it was so good and JEJ was fabulous. It's a movie about the telling of intriguing though somewhat unusual stories, but sadly marketed as, wait for it, a horror movie — a decision made by ppl that were crazy or stupid or stupid crazy. Ratings were based on reviews by those expecting a heart pumping horror film. Those of us that watched the movie without such a preconceived expectation were thoroughly entertained by it. Highly recommend.

  • Jul 03, 2020

    IFC's top 10 horror Westerns, this highly original & Heartfelt debut is a Horror-Western-Anthology pulling inspiration from Hammer anthologies of the '50s and '60s. Grim Prairie Tales sports a striking cast, JAMES EARL JONES, BRAD DOURIF, WILLIAM ATHERTON, LISA EICHORN. GPT never condescends to drop Dracula in the desert, instead entertainingly inversing western themes. Cowboys and Indians but the Indians win, sexual aggression is revenged, bigots are judged by their wives and daughters, the gunfighter's afraid of blood; anti-macho (feminist themes) prevail. The Reporter praised GPT while Variety griped, "Cheesy and Vulgar". The film played all regions, was pick-of-the-week TVGUIDE, and #1 seller for video releaser ACADEMY ENT. GPT's budget was a tiny $600,000 at a time when $14.5 million, UNFORGIVEN, a reactionary western celebrating mutilating woman, whipping African Americans and executing black hats was praised by the industry and forced down the publics' throats.

    IFC's top 10 horror Westerns, this highly original & Heartfelt debut is a Horror-Western-Anthology pulling inspiration from Hammer anthologies of the '50s and '60s. Grim Prairie Tales sports a striking cast, JAMES EARL JONES, BRAD DOURIF, WILLIAM ATHERTON, LISA EICHORN. GPT never condescends to drop Dracula in the desert, instead entertainingly inversing western themes. Cowboys and Indians but the Indians win, sexual aggression is revenged, bigots are judged by their wives and daughters, the gunfighter's afraid of blood; anti-macho (feminist themes) prevail. The Reporter praised GPT while Variety griped, "Cheesy and Vulgar". The film played all regions, was pick-of-the-week TVGUIDE, and #1 seller for video releaser ACADEMY ENT. GPT's budget was a tiny $600,000 at a time when $14.5 million, UNFORGIVEN, a reactionary western celebrating mutilating woman, whipping African Americans and executing black hats was praised by the industry and forced down the publics' throats.

  • Jan 21, 2017

    Enjoyable anthology of horror tales from the wild west, shared by James Earl Jones and Brad Dourif trying to outdo and scare each other over a campfire. Grim Prairie Tales was quite fun, with one tale especially standing out.

    Enjoyable anthology of horror tales from the wild west, shared by James Earl Jones and Brad Dourif trying to outdo and scare each other over a campfire. Grim Prairie Tales was quite fun, with one tale especially standing out.

  • Apr 26, 2016

    Two travellers share "scary" stories in the same vien of horror stories such as tales from the Crypt and Tales from the Hood. Anyways not scary at all, and nonsensical.

    Two travellers share "scary" stories in the same vien of horror stories such as tales from the Crypt and Tales from the Hood. Anyways not scary at all, and nonsensical.

  • Mar 25, 2015

    Not memorable but watchable low budget fare.

    Not memorable but watchable low budget fare.

  • May 22, 2013

    love this title but not able to find it again my vhs finally not work need dvd version

    love this title but not able to find it again my vhs finally not work need dvd version

  • Oct 07, 2012

    While age has not been very kind to this horror anthology, it still has redeemable qualities in leads James Earl Jones and Brad Dourif, its gritty wild west setting, and a woman with a black hole for a vagina.

    While age has not been very kind to this horror anthology, it still has redeemable qualities in leads James Earl Jones and Brad Dourif, its gritty wild west setting, and a woman with a black hole for a vagina.

  • Dec 13, 2011

    Brad Dourif and James Earl Jones make an excellent pairing in this beatifully crafted Wild West portmanteau.

    Brad Dourif and James Earl Jones make an excellent pairing in this beatifully crafted Wild West portmanteau.

  • Jul 01, 2010

    What a true gem of a film. Doesn't need to be full of gore but still has it and .. Well it's an American 80's horror, whatcha expect :) James Earl Jones and Brad Dounf really make this film, their characters and interaction are fantastic, the stories are great insofact that they 'aint trying to be better than they are .. If that makes any sense at all haha.

    What a true gem of a film. Doesn't need to be full of gore but still has it and .. Well it's an American 80's horror, whatcha expect :) James Earl Jones and Brad Dounf really make this film, their characters and interaction are fantastic, the stories are great insofact that they 'aint trying to be better than they are .. If that makes any sense at all haha.

  • Jun 30, 2010

    A ton of recognizable character actors can't save this boring yet competently made anthology. James Earl Jones & Dourif's narrating the only highlight.

    A ton of recognizable character actors can't save this boring yet competently made anthology. James Earl Jones & Dourif's narrating the only highlight.