Jolly Roger: Massacre at Cutter's Grove (2005)
By: Michael Helms on June 20, 2005  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
Asylum (USA). Region 1, NTSC. 1.78:1 (16:9 enhanced). English DD 5.1, English DD 2.0. 80 minutes
The Movie
Director: Gary Jones
Starring: Rhett Giles, Tom Nagel, Kristina Korn, Thomas Downey, Kim Little
Screenplay: Jeff Miller and Gary Jones
Music: Mel Lewis
Tagline: He's Back From Hell...To Get His Gold!,
Country: USA
A harmless but not entirely charmless killathon that features a rampaging pirate brought back from the dead when a skull from a washed-up treasure chest is thrown in the ocean. Several couples on holiday in between high school and university are hanging out together at Cutter's Cove when one of them casually performs the aforementioned deed that casually revives Roger Laforge. Reportedly meaner than Blackbeard, Laforge used to dock his ship the Devil's Darkness at Cutter's Cove and is back to basically claim revenge on the relatives of those who thwarted him in life. As a body count develops a fairly useless police investigation is mounted which inspires one couple to do their own research which naturally leads to the uncovery of the mystery.

While the script throws up some fun sequences such as the research pair attempting to convince people that the cause of the spate of deaths is a two hundred years dead pirate or the chief cop noting how he's never put an apb out on a pirate before, the best features of Jolly Roger are the death scenes. Creatively and expertly managed by relatively new company Precinct 13 Entertainment, who came into being after the K split from KNB EFX, it all begins with the couple who revive Jolly Roger. While they make-out by the ocean with the gal on top, Roger comes up from behind, whips out his trusty cutlass, and diagonally slices her in half before chain whipping her boyfriend. Roger then moves on to the next lucky pair as he spikes the female through the eye with the stick she's using to toast marshmallows. He quickly beheads her boyfriend. Next day at the crime scene we see a headless corpse being zipped into a body bag as the police officer in charge begins to run the operation to catch the perpetrator his way. Another of the couples become the focus for his investigations but the body count continues. Next Roger turns up in a fish tank before blasting the stomach of his next victim or slitting the throat of another before it falls amidst much arterial spray into the fish tank. Further highlights include Roger getting his jollies in the local strip joint from a lap dancer before being hassled by the bouncer for not paying for services rendered. Roger's response is to rip the bouncer's arm off and beat him to death with it. Sharing a drink with a bum also involves a burning thumb and a face melt. Numerous heads roll and the Mayor's hand is amputated for good measure.
Always sharp if a little too dark to really show-off the title character's rotted face Jolly Roger looks good at most times.
Crisp audio from the 5.1 Surround mix allows you to hear every dumb line that gets spoken here.
Extra Features
Cast and crew commentary, a making of featurette, deleted scenes and trailers.
The Verdict
Although there might have been a little more work performed on Jolly Roger himself to make him much stronger in the Wishmaster sense of second tier horror franchise characters, the bottom line is this film delivers the gory goods. Obviously made to cash in on Pirates Of The Caribbean and somewhat clunky around various edges, latter day horror specialist company The Asylum got it right in getting Precinct 13 to perform the visual effects which elevate Jolly Roger way above the usual effects standards for spam in a cabin/new franchise character features. Seek out Jolly Roger: Massacre at Cutter's Grove for your own jolly good viewing experience.
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