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Grim Reaper

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Compared to some of the direct to video DVDs that Lionsgate has released, this is one of the better ones. Grim Reaper is the story of a stripper, Rachel, and her boyfriend who is a medical student. Rachel gets hit by a car and ends up in a hospital, except from the get go you know there is something wrong with the hospital, and the other patients there.

Turns out, that all of the patients at this hospital have had near death experiences. Some of them are accidents, like Rachel, and some are more self-inflicted. There is something not right about the Doctor as well and the way he treats the patients. As you see more of the hospital, you find out it is an old, dilapidated mental asylum that had been shut down. The storyline, with the exception of the stripper/med student love affair, reminds me of the film Deadpit that was released in the early ‘90’s. Rachel’s part is played by Cherish Lee, who also was in American History X, among other things. She does a convincing enough portayal of a stripper, although considering the level of a film like this, one would expect a little more T & A, especially with a character that is actually a stripper. The film makes a good late Saturday night rental, although the effects leave much to be desired. The actual Grim Reaper character is kind of hokey, sort of like a more serious version of what you see in Monty Python, but budgets do play a big role in stuff like this. In addition, the budget obviously comes to play when you find out there is nothing extra on the DVD either. (Lion’s Gate, 2700 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404) - Myk

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