I am always on the lookout for unique premises and interesting creatures when I’m scouring for new horror. As such, I’m usually game for just about anything. So when I got the press release for GNOME ALONE, I had no hesitation whatsoever before I requested a review copy. After all, I like Verne Troyer, and I would never pass up the chance to see a gnome running around killing people, regardless of how hokey it may sound. I’m so glad I gave this one a shot, too. The film is exactly what you think it is, and it is a blast.
If you are not familiar with GNOME ALONE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Lionsgate:
Just when Zoe thinks she’s all alone in this world, an old woman passes on her bewitched Gnome (Verne Troyer), who is bound by magic to protect his master. Zoe quickly realizes that he isn’t your garden-variety gnome, when he begins eliminating her enemies in extravagant displays of revenge. Zoe must find a way to stop this mischievous gnome, before Zoe and her friends become victims of his trickery.
The title of this film alone tells you what you are in for with GNOME ALONE. You simply cannot go into it expecting serious horror. If you do, then you’ll be disappointed. Instead, take the movie for what it is: good, campy, gory fun. If you keep this mindset, you should have a ball.
GNOME ALONE is shot well for the most part, however there are a few scenes that could have been lit better. From a production standpoint, the film looks good and does not appear cheaply made.
The acting is pretty good, although I will admit a couple of characters give their lines as if they’re reading them off of a cue-card. But I didn’t mind this at all; if anything, it helped add to the campy factor. Verne Troyer does an excellent job as the gnome, and delivers pun after pun as he spouts one-liners and kills off the cast. He is the perfect fit for this part.
The special effects in GNOME ALONE are good as well. The gnome makeup looks great, particularly the veiny lines in his face. This detail alone was enough to convince me the gnome was real. Likewise, the gore is solid, too. There’s not very much, but what we get to see looks good.
The story does not contain much substance at all. The film is basically about the gnome killing people and the main character, Zoe, trying to figure out what’s happening. But again, this works because the film doesn’t need any substance. Viewers are going to watch this for the gnome and his unique way of killing his victims, not for some elaborate backstory or tension-filled modern day drama.
GNOME ALONE doesn’t appear to ever fully take itself seriously, which is part of what makes me like it so much. It definitely fits in the so-bad-it’s-good category, which is why I recommend giving it a look. Much like LEPRECHAUN, this film is chocked full of corny goodness. It hits store shelves today if you want to make a note.