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"Lionel is a custodian that longs for more. Bombarded with daily disrespect and insults from his co-workers, Lionel sets on a path of revenge and begins to brutally murder everyone in his path."

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Review Date: 09 September 2005 My Rating: out of 5


I followed my recent viewing of Dead & Breakfast with a look at the newly released title, The Janitor. Both small budget splatter-fests designed to disgust viewers; poke fun at horror movies and to make the audience laugh, all thrown in.

The Janitor, which has noticeably tight budget strings, doesn't let you down. A wonderfully entertaining festival of splatter. I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie. But in a very Troma-esque vein The Janitor delivers, and of course cleans up afterwards.

Andy Signore (co-writer and co-director) plays Lionel, a custodian who longs for more. Who longs to get out of the day-to-day grind of office clean-ups and into the world of hot sorority's! But unlike other custodians (I hope!) Lionel doesn't take the abuse lying down. He more or less brutally murders everyone in his path, but thankfully remaining one and in some cases two steps ahead of the Feds.

The Janitor gave me what I was looking for. Some shocking, funny, over-the-top mindless action and humour. And I got what I wanted, and then some. The blood, the guts, the fluids and killings are all well executed and brilliantly manufactured, reminiscent of early Peter Jackson classics. The humour as well is prominent in every scene, never becoming reliant on so-called 'toilet' humour (which is unusual when dealing with a janitor movie).

The plot itself is suitable and paced nicely for this kind of movie. The tongue-in-cheek styles are ever present, but are there to entertain. I wouldn't have expected a movie like this to make me laugh out loud, but their were occasions when I just had to.

Over-the-top, gruesome, blood-filled entertainment. An absolute gem of a sick-flick to sit through on a dullish Friday night. Wonderfully energetic and well-executed performances all round. A must-see.

Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown @horrorasylum
Location:Scotland, UK
Review Date: 25 October 2004 My Rating: out of 5

I'm pleased to report that I have finally seen this film, and it truly is the greatest horror comedy I have ever seen!!

Co-Director Andy Signore plays Lionel an underappreciated grunting misfit of a man, who tires of taking (and of course cleaning up) shit from the employees of the Generico Company where he and Mr. Growbo are the custodians.

It soon transpires that Lionel has been offing the staff and the fact that the feds have shown up to investigate the killings doesn't stop him either.

Thanks to a chance encounter with some sorority sisters at a local bar, Lionel is almost guaranteed his dream for the sisters but Mr Growbo doesn't take the news well and wages a war against Lionel. Things come to a dramatic yet hysterical conclusion in a bloodbath at the TNA sorority house.

From it's opening moments The Janitor is an exceptionally well shot movie that benefits from wonderful editing, first rate photography and a genuis script full of one-liners that had me laughing out loud throughout.

The cast who are largely newcomers or indeeed not even actors at all, are genuinely good in their respective roles and only served to make the film even better than it already was.

The gore effects are excellent and the fact that they are so over the top only makes it even funnier. Limbs are torn off, people are gutted, and appendages are thrown left right and center whilst geysers of blood gush forth in a massacre unlike any other in recent horror history.

The comparisons to Peter Jackson and Sam Raimi were inevitable but are not without good reason, as these guys deserve to go far.

I would love to see the filmmakers do a horror movie with a big budget, but more importantly I want to know when the sequel will be out!!

I honestly and truthfully cannot fault The Janitor on any level, as the filmmakers have clearly thought about every aspect of the film in great detail. This is a remarkable indie film, and a first rate low budget movie that delivers in every aspect except scares, but if your watching this for scares then you are completely missing the point.

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