February 23, 2016 § Leave a comment
Uh, so what do we have now? True Blood, not to be confused by the television series or the novel series the show is based upon so Jeff Fahey and Vampires? Only on From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Now I might be excited about this one since I saw this in the bargain bins with Jeff and Billy Drago on the DVD cover. Then again, I reviewed one movie that Billy appeared in before and I got that DVD from the bargain bin so I might be concerned as well. No matter, this looks like your typical 1980s thriller and I like those kind of movies.
And the interesting part is that director Frank Kerr was a former newspaper and television journalist and yes, I got that info from IMDB where everything is so official that I pretend to think it’s true. He has done little to be honest but upon research, I tracked down a website for one of his movies The Child King and it kinda is heartfelt to read since the movie focused on a kid with down syndrome and the idea for this movie originated from Frank’s brother Jeff who worked as a producer so whether True Blood is good or bad, I only state it that way and won’t directly criticize the director for this. Not only that, the movie also spawned an non-profit organization based on the movie’s title. Even if I never met him personally, he does come off a nice guy after all so kudos to him and his brother.
So going to the movie now and we meet up with Raymond Trueblood (Jeff Fahey) who is talking to his kid brother Donny (Rhett Creighton) in his bed before he and his gang goes to have a gangland brawl with rival leader Billy Masters (Billy Drago) who goes by the nickname of “Spider” (or as Raymond calls him “Spider-Man”). The fight got interrupted by an ongoing police car and Ray is caught by a police detective. However, Spider shot the detective and leads to Ray being framed as the killer. And then his partner shows up and… he’s played by James Tolkan! Dammit, I haven’t yet reviewed The Sketch Artist II and already there’s somebody else other than Jeff from that movie starring in this and not only that but take a look at this…
Ray makes a run and takes Donny to the train station. Over there, two random detectives appear and Ray continues his run with a car chase that involves Detective Hanley (James Tolkan) in the mix. Ray escapes to the train and Hanley screams that he will get him someday. Ten years later and Ray returned to New York as a soldier. He returned to look for his brother which upon encountering his former gang buddy Bobby (Everett Mendes III), Ray became shocked that Donny is alive… and working for Spider! He went back to his turf and sees both Spider and Donny (now played by Chad Lowe) there. Donny told him to leave before shit breaks out and he did so what happens next? He decides to work at the diner owned by Aguado from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
Frank Santos (John Capodice) hired Ray and he meets with fellow work-mate Jennifer (Sherilyn Fenn) and they are bumpy-at-first but became friends shortly after. Spider then sends Donny to rob a joint but a random cop shows up and leaves to a car chase, the chase ended with Donny injured and Spider escaping so Donny decides to hide out near Ray’s home. Ray takes Donny and hides out in Jennifer’s home. The following morning, Donny wakes up and runs back to the subway station with Ray going after him. At first, he lets Donny get away but Donny instead followed him and they are reunited. Over at Santos Diner, Frank got a visit from Hanley and his new partner Charlie Gates (Ken Foree) and are close to Ray. Also, Charlie found Donny’s blood while he steps on a used gum.
It took a while but Hanley discovered Ray and is about to shoot him. Ray instead used a fire extinguisher on him and escapes with Donny on a garbage truck. While hiding out in new apartment, Ray talks to Donny about finding their mother (who’s already dead) and had found that her last home is better than where are they living. Donny got angry and walks away because he prefers living in the streets. Donny then goes to the diner and apologizes for his attitude to Jennifer. Jennifer then tells Donny to meet tomorrow someplace else. Meanwhile, Ray goes to the police station and wants to make a deal with Hanley.
Hanley agrees to keep Donny out of this and has himself turned in after Spider is caught. Following her meeting with Donny, she walks home only to find Spider there (with a stuffed panda and classical music playing) and attempts to kill her but Donny noticed his former gang member in the car so he runs to her place. She’s alive only to say to Donny that Spider is only looking for Ray. Back at their new apartment, Ray noticed Spider’s voice and they confront again in the rooftop. Spider shoots Ray before Donny appears and shoots Spider multiple times before he falls to his death.
Ray survived and is let go by Hanley and Charlie and the movie ends with Ray reuniting with Donny at the station while Donny getting a kiss from Jennifer. Honestly, this movie is not bad but it does drag on a little. With good performances around, I can safely say that Billy owns this one since he played a deranged psychotic gang member well and he deserved it. Jeff of course is good and James, Sherilyn and Ken as well but if anything, Chad is second best next to Billy since he may be Rob Lowe’s brother but his role is pretty good. The action scenes are fine, there’s humor involved and a bit of hammy acting here and there but it didn’t affect the movie. It really is a good product of its time and is worth checking out.
Now before I go, I do have one news to mention – this is the last Jeff Fahey movie I gonna reviewing since after the disastrous time I am having, I am cancelling this theme month. Don’t worry, I got a good backup plan so here’s what coming at you.
Oh, I’m kidding. Janu-Fahey always continues (even though I’m reviewing The Sketch Artist 2 with both of them next time).
February 21, 2016 § Leave a comment
This one is an unplanned piece. Originally, I was planning to do Absolute Zero as a callback to my last year’s review of 100 Degrees Below Zero but to make a long story short, my room became a colossal claustrophobic mess thanks to those two dumbass painters back in October last year so I can’t find a copy of this one. Really, this theme double month is not going exactly to what I plan not just with this but delayed timing as well. But hey, it could have been worst. I could have a month reviewing nothing but Marlon Wayans comedies like Fifty Shades of Black… and no, I am not planning on doing that… ever… Little Man sadly ruined me enjoyment on him and his brothers!
So here enters Body Parts instead and already this interests me since not only is it another Jeff Fahey horror movie but Brad Dourif also stars in it is about time I’m reviewing another movie starring the one and only voice of Chucky. And why I do remember Phoenix after all this time is beyond me? This movie is one of the few directorial efforts of Eric Red who is little known for directing but more known for writing with such films as The Hitcher, Blue Steel and Near Dark so we might get a good kick out of this.
The movie begins with credits of creepy music and a drawn anatomy of a human being which makes me wonder, did I put on Re-Animator by mistake? No but whatever, Bill Chrushank (Jeff Fahey) is a college professor interviewing criminal suspects like Ray Kolberg (Paul Ben-Victor) who goes by the nickname “Cobra” and is sent to prison for killing his high school sweetheart because he’s a bit crazy. As he prepares to go to work, he noticed a flat tire in another car which caused it to lose and he nearly got in a car crash. It didn’t happen at first but a truck behind him crashed to his car and it cost him his arm in the process.
Bill’s wife Karen (Kim Delaney) is being discussed for replacement arm by Doctor Agatha Webb (Lindsay Duncan) and she signs the documents so is about to have an arm transplant with a hospital full of masked nurses holding their shotguns (?) and uh, this transplant scene kind of creeps me out. Also, would it surprising that it happened on the same day as the crash? He got his new arms and it took a while before he tested them and having his family getting back to normal. However, the new arm caused minor movements and having strange flashbacks to something he never sees so upon seeing Cobra for the second time, his arm’s prison number is being noticed by another and Cobra panicked enough that he doesn’t want to talk to him anymore.
So he decides to check for the previous owner of his new arm which turns out that it previously belong to serial killer Charley Fletcher (John Walsh) who is dead. He then investigates further by finding out the other arm has been giving to now-successful artist Remo Lacey (Brad Dourif) and the legs were transplanted to basketball player Mark Draper (Peter Murnik). He meets with them a couple of times and the second time being in the bar which includes a fight with a drunk who knows about Bill’s arm transplant. Shortly after, Mark tries to walk upstairs normally but it behaves like he’s losing it and calls up on Bill and that’s before a mysterious killer slaughtered him and takes his legs.
Both Bill and Detective Sawchuck (Zakes Mokae) decide to go to Remo’s house after Mark’s death but the killer already caught up to him and the two already saw it. As they to drive off after the crime scene has been set, the killer drives next to Bill and placed an handcuff on his arm which leads to the killer being a composite of body parts with Charley’s head. It leads to a car chase before Bill shoots the chains of the handcuffs and “Frankensteined” Charley got involved in a car crash. He survived but carrying limbs with Doctor Webb helping him so Bill now has to take the matter alone while stealing Sawchuck’s car in the process.
Back in the hospital, Bill confronts Doctor Webb before being knocked out by “Frankensteined” Charley. And as his arm is about to be taken off, Bill controlled its use and escapes while shooting the limbs and killing Webb and Charley in the process. The movie ends with his life finally getting back to normal as he and his wife are relaxing on the tree in the park which makes a resemblance to John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band album cover in the process. Of all the Jeff Fahey movies I reviewed in a while, I had to simply say that this might be one of the best ones out of the whole lot because hot damn, this movie is creepy and very, very good.
And the best part is that it’s adapted from the novel Choice Cuts by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac whom their previous works was adapted into movies like Les Diaboliques and Vertigo so yeah, I can see why this movie felt very Hitchcockian. While admittedly Jeff gives an alright performance along with Brad, it’s the story and few make-up effects that counts. I heard that this movie’s advertisements were cancelled in Wisconsin due to the killings caused by Jeffrey Dahmer and I can’t blame them because this movie is part of the splatter genre and has some better body horror than uh, last year’s Fantastic Four. Dammit, I can’t get over that disastrous movie.
But really, this is an underrated piece that is worth checking out and perfect to watch in a Halloween night. Maybe it is a good thing I reviewed this instead of Absolute Zero because I don’t know, I read it somewhere that it’s “The Day After Tomorrow but set in Florida” and I suspect it’s another disaster movie that involves family values so it’s all cool. Anyway, it’s getting to hopefully normal next time since well, I do have two movies that I’m gladfully didn’t lose so until then.
February 17, 2016 § Leave a comment
Yeah, I know I started it off late and trying to catch up as fast as possible (note to self, plan in advance the next time I’ll do another theme month) so now, I have to wonder – does Clones really sucks? I do ask the question because this movie was released around the same time that the infamous Clone Saga was still happening in Spider-Man comics and there’s the whole “Boba Fett is Jango’s clone” thing which ruined the most-famous character. And lastly, I think Jake 2.0 is a clone of this movie instead due to the fact that it starts with J and ends with two point zero. And yeah, we sure do have Orphan Black as an exception but why the hate. Maybe I myself an imperfect clone of a reviewer who doesn’t pad this review up.
But anyway, Johnny 2.0 is a late 90s sci-fi romp made by Neill Fearnley, possibly a clone of Neil Fearnley who made Behind The Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork and Mindy. Joking aside, he really is nothing but a television-at-work director so I’m sorry, do I have to explain anything else? Maybe the next review doesn’t feature another one of those directors with similar body of work because already, this is less of a Janu-Fahey Month and more of a Janu-Fahey On TV Month… which might not be a bad idea.
Let’s just get this show on the road. The movie begins with a home terrorist group destroying one lab after another for freedom while recording their actions and send it to the news crew, a report drew notice on Frank Donahue (Michael Ironside) and Johnny Dalton (Jeff Fahey) who are doing research on cloning. Little do they know that the group has manage to invade their workplace and Frank pulled out a gun enough to kill one member before the two settled on a fight that caused Johnny to nearly died on head injury. Frank manage to save him and Johnny later woke up to find himself several years in the future… oh, and Frank told Johnny that he’s a clone. Given the title like Johnny 2.0, you do expect it to be about clones since I already brought it up anyway.
Frank showed Johnny 2.0 (and yeah, I’m calling him that) a picture of his original counterpart who is alive and well but “vanished” himself twelve months prior so expositions follow with both and Bosch (John Neville) giving the 411 on Johnny 2.0 including the point where he only has a week to live. So Johnny 2.0 has been paired up security member Taylor (Michael Rhoades) to track down original Johnny’s whereabouts. Johnny 2.0 then noticed Carlos (Von Flores) and they both are after him and his friends in a suburb that looks straight out of Max Headroom. They later find themselves in Church of the Holy-Gram (huh, that’s funny but also dumb pun) and Carlos and his man shoots Taylor while capturing Johnny 2.0.
Trapped by the gang, Johnny 2.0 meets Nikki Holland (Tahnee Welch) in the cell and he explains what he’s doing and all, which leads to Nikki pretending to be a prisoner. Frank’s team of henchmen… I mean, security guards found the church through tracking system implanted on him and caused a shootout while Johnny 2.0 escapes and then helps Nikki and Carlos so he switches team. Johnny 2.0 and Nikki then meet up with her friends Dan-O (Cliff Saunders) and Phil (Eugene Lipinski) who checks on the clone and his “tracking system” whereabouts. Johnny 2.0 and Nikki later find a quiet spot enough to dance alone and making love just before Johnny 2.0 got briefly attacked by his original self.
The fight stopped and the two settled while Taylor reawaken back in Frank’s building and prepares to get the Johnnys and their friends which breaks into the base. Original Johnny however didn’t survive enough since he got shot and both Johnny 2.0 and Nikki are then caught by Frank and Taylor which Bosch reappeared to give us a couple of twist moments – one is that he’s a holographic projection and that his brain patterns belongs to none other than a preserved body of… the actual, original Johnny Dalton!
And also, the “one week to live” is a lie so that’s a cliché I didn’t see outside of Escape From LA. Nikki later escapes and stopped Johnny 2.0 (still using that name) from getting killed in transplant to his original counterpart which leads to Johnny/Bosch destroyed along with his holographic patterns. Nikki then pretends to be Bosch in a meeting with other businessman from around the world and she relieved and escorted Frank out. The movie ends with Johnny 2.0 and Nikki winning victoriously and the world is still in a dystopian state since Frank and Bosch are not really leaders of this futuristic society.
This movie is not bad but it makes me feel like I should watch a better cyberpunk vehicle instead since it has similarities to Johnny Mnemonic and Blade Runner (with one part of the score being inspired by The Terminator). As usual, Jeff did good as both Johnnys and Michael Ironside is always sold as a bad guy while John Neville did a good turn playing one as well. The other actors are merely forgettable and the story did track on a bit so it’s a slow, action piece that is only worth seeing once. Again, it’s not bad but only can be rewatched if you want a Cyberpunk kick with a low-budget feel.
February 8, 2016 § Leave a comment
So to get past the cheesy made-for-television movie that is Every Woman’s Dream, it’s now time to get to the other cheesy made-for-television movie which is The Eden Formula or according to the copy I have, Tyrannosaurus Wrecks. And oh boy, I don’t know how it took this long to tackle a dinosaur movie. I always wanted to review a movie that involves a dinosaur to be honest but I don’t know why it took this long because ever since Jurassic Park hits the scene, we have stuff like Carnosaur, Prehysteria! and a bunch of Asylum movies like 100 Billion BC which I brought several years ago but have yet to see it.
Now I would bring up the director of this piece but for now, I’ll save that until later because it’s a good way this time. We open the movie with the weirdest knockoff of Superman opening credits ever with the city lights being heavily blurred to make it look like it’s a million lens flare. Over at Calgorin Industries, a security guard got shot by a home terrorist member whose villain catchphrase is “Smith and Wesson” and he along with the other local terrorists are following the leads by James Radcliffe (Tony Todd). Within the building, both Dr Harrison Parker (Jeff Fahey) and his friend Rhonda (Dee Wallace) are just hanging before they noticed that their cloned pet project escaped the cell – the pet being a motherfucking T-Rex.
They also find out that the building has been hacked by Radcliffe’s team with the worst computer screen ever. Outside the building, the T-Rex goes on carnage in the streets of Los Angeles which has not many people panicking since it’s night and a bunch of civilians are asleep or doing something else. It still didn’t stop the dinosaur from killing some people that’s awake (including turning off the radio in a petrol station, yes, dinosaurs can apparently do that). Also, the T-Rex spots a fake T-Rex in the park and eats a janitor after the janitor discovers the dinosaur’s poop.
Harrison and Rhonda discovered the only surviving security guard Riley (Don Luce) and they all attempt to escape but oh no, they are caught by one of the terrorists in the stairs so Harrison kicks his ass and kills him by stair-fall. Back to Radcliffe and his team and they got one of the building’s workers Miss Revers (Paula Ficara) captive because they want the formula. It didn’t take long before the group found out about their member’s death and it leads to a shootout. Back outside and we have Officer Pattison (Sarah Elbert) finding the building suspicious after encountering one of the terrorists dressed as a security guard earlier. So what does she do? She talks to her mother on the phone.
The alarm has been sounded and the T-Rex heard it so he goes back to his former home while banging his head to the wall again. The dinosaur drew notice to Radcliffe’s team and he eat two of the member’s head while Radcliffe throws a knife at Miss Revers’ head and kicked Harrison’s ass before the dinosaur escaped again. Rhonda also escaped with Officer Pattison but the officer became another victim to the dinosaur and Rhonda escapes in the cop car all panicking and stuff. With Harrison and Riley captive, Harrison noticed Radcliffe and shocker of all shocks – they knew each other before.
While Rhonda is contacting the only cop in charge (and also a 911 operator) who doesn’t believe in the dinosaur escape, we then cut to a random drunk guy talking to another guy at the bus stop before the T-Rex appeared and killed that drunk guy (the other and people within the area escaped at least). And then, a long sequence of a movie-within-a-movie with a female cast member fighting other cast members in the alley before the big bad appears which leads her to flub her line that enraged a manic director. The filming became halted when the dinosaur appeared and eat the director. I wish I was making this shit up as I go along but this is actually in the movie.
Rhonda tries calling the only cop in charge again and same thing happens but back to the dinosaur rampaging the LA streets with the only security guard go on a suicide mission by getting out of the trailer and shoot the dinosaur before he died which is really something. Again, I wish I was making this up. Rhonda then used the cop siren which immediately has robbers stealing the stereo run away… and Rhonda steals the stereo herself but for a good reason. And with Harrison and Riley still captive, Radcliffe did the bad thing by stabbing Riley in the hand but Harrison manage to escape with Riley so whoops.
Still ravaging the almost-empty streets, the T-Rex smelled somebody smoking so the smoker became another victim while a limo near him crashes to another car. But enough of all that, Riley is revealed to be a traitor and Harrison knocked him out in the toilet and that’s before he burns the formula and other evidence so Radcliffe can’t get into it. Riley did eventually get awaken and knocks Harrison out though. It later became morning and some guy noticed the T-Rex and is about to become another victim but Rhonda returns by setting up multiple stereos and a dynamite to attract the dinosaur’s attention which worked.
With Harrison, Radcliffe and his remaining team on the outside, it leads to a battle between Harrison and Riley. The fight ends with Radcliffe becoming the last victim as Harrison escapes with Rhonda and the building explodes with remaining dynamite (how did she get it is a good question) ending the movie that way. Okay, this is quite possibly the most, hilarious batshit insane and very bad Dinosaur movie that I have ever seen and I am so laughing my ass off for this one. This is really one that must be seen to be believed and all thanks to the director which I’m about to bring up now.
The director in this is John Carl Buechler and he already is notable for genre work back in the 80s and 90s. For one, he’s the guy who directed the first Troll movie… Oh yeah, he’s the guy whom is unintentionally responsible for starting a loose franchise that includes a more notoriously bad sequel known as Troll II as well as giving the name of a lead character Harry Potter before J.K. Rowling became a bestseller. He is also responsible for Friday The 13th Part VII, Ghoulies III, The Dungeonmaster (well, as one of the four directors) and Watchers Reborn as well as make-up and special effects work plus I should point out that he also wrote the movie so you can tell he knows how to make a B-movie since he’s well-known for that field since the eighties.
And it brings us the story. I mentioned that Every Woman’s Dream comes off as a bit schizophrenic in terms of switching genres but this movie switches stories so much that I didn’t mention other stuff going on. It’s being criticized for boring plot and I can see that it drags on a bit but with the low-budget dinosaur appearance (which was notably lifted from Carnosaur) and few other questionable WTF moments, it makes up for it. Jeff is good in this movie but the person who generally tole the show is Tony Todd since he acted so serious and not half-assed that he knows he’s in a bad movie and don’t give a fuck. He’s really better than anybody acting in this movie including Jeff which I really have to admit.
Dee Wallace is also good but mostly on the hammiest acting part imaginable. She may be several years away from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial but she chewed the scenery so brilliantly. I may say the same for Don Luce since he started off as a bumbling security guard but did a villain heel turn and became another antagonist. This movie is worth checking out if you like Birdemic or Neil Breen’s Double Down, it really is that bad that is also laughable and hypnotic at the same time and that is enough of me to say about this so four movies down and four to go.
February 1, 2016 § Leave a comment
Note: Despite its lateness, this review (and the one after this) is intended for Janu-Fahey Month 2.0 while the other four are part of Janu-Fahey Month 2.1. In other words, January 2016 really sucks and February is already here so uh, let’s just get to the review.
Well, we’re on to 90s cheesy romantic thriller. This one is a very mixed genre even since there is one Basic Instinct on that side and there is Sleeping With The Enemy on the other side and nowadays, we could watch those for comedic purposes but then again, we might sleep on it and forget that we were watching it afterwards. It also may be as god-awful as any found footage movies or spoof movies but there is a bit of charm somewhere or everywhere. And this movie is a good test for me since this is one movie that came out shortly after this type of genre craze died out.
But there is a funny side to this, the movie is based on a novel by Karen Kingsbury, an well-known christian novelist so Jeff Fahey in a christian movie? I’ve seen Revelations so this might be hilarious to watch. The director Steven Schachter might add to the charm as well since well, I haven’t seen all movies but upon checking his IMDB page, he has made seven movies that starred William H. Macy (plus William co-wrote a few of those including this one) and this movie is not one of them. It doesn’t help that one of Steven/William’s collaborations is Above Suspicion starring Christopher Reeve as a paralysed cop… that got its premiere six days before Christopher got into an accident that left him paralysed until his death. Uh, yeah, this review got depressing so fast so uh… can we cut to the first image of Every Woman’s Dream to hopefully lighten us up.
The movie begins focusing on how Mitch Parker (Jeff Fahey) became obsessed with woman to the point of him marrying Candy (DeLane Matthews). While living with Candy’s family, he tries his best to not having his family life collide with his life of working and sleeping with random woman to the point where he lied to his wife about working with CIA. At that point, he met Liz Wells (Kim Cattrall) on the airplane and they kindle their own romance which now goes to the point of him marrying her as well.
Mitch then is working his ways to keep his marriage with Candy a secret from Liz and vice versa while he begins to suffer from financial problems. The problems made Kim’s father John (Walter Addison) suspicious and did a quick checking on Mitch. After that, he told Liz about Mitch not working for Disney (yeah, another lie Mitch made up) and leads to Liz going to Mitch’s office. Liz still believes in her husband and they went out to drive before Mitch discovers his other wife which leads him to think having Liz moved to the same town as Candy a bad idea and decides to alert Candy and the family to get out-of-town because of bogus CIA danger.
It took a bit before things go almost back to normal when Mitch and Liz are spotted by Candy’s friend while he unsuccessfully tries to buy a new house and Candy grows suspicious on what’s going on as well which has her calling CIA. Back to Liz and she goes back to Mitch’s office to find… a different person working there. Mitch himself is having a double marital crisis right down to holding captive on Liz and tries to reason with her before he walks away. Liz then hires a private investigator and then found out about Candy so they plan to go to cops about this and destroy his reputation.
This didn’t go well for Liz when Mitch spotted her and tries to reason with her again. And then, he shot her a few times and got himself arrested ending the movie with a narrator (Paul Linke) finishing up this story. Uh, this is a strange movie. To clarify a bit, it may come off as a romantic thriller but it jumps into psychological thriller, comedy about infidelity and whatever that I’m not sure what kind of movie it is. It is at best okay for one-time viewing but I hate to say that it’s probably a least-favorite of mine in terms of Jeff’s body of work.
One thing I should brought up is that this movie is also somewhat a period piece since the events taking place is within late 80s to early 90s timeframe and did it work? Well, I didn’t notice any nostalgic values on this movie so no chance of Jeff Fahey dressing up like he came back from Miami Vice convention to be honest. And the christianity aspect is very minimal here which is not much really. It’s really a forgettable schizophrenic piece and only suited if you’re a completist so uh, I should watch something that I hope is better than this.
January 22, 2016 § Leave a comment
Note: Due to my previous post where I talked about David Bowie and me being one of his longtime fans, I mentioned that this review was gonna be released on that weekend. I didn’t due to me still mourning the loss of David Bowie (along with Alan Rickman and Glenn Frey). In other words, January 2016 is really a depressing month. Sorry for the lateness and I will continue the theme month(s) even with a bit of delayed timing and trying to keep up in my positive mood.
I know Psycho, you know Psycho, a bunch of people who hasn’t seen the movie even know Psycho, it’s a movie based upon a novel that caused controversy at the time of its release and became one of Alfred Hitchcock’s notable masterpieces. It’s also a movie that took a long time to get its own sequel and established itself to be a franchise that honestly shouldn’t be. And after four movies (and a failed pilot), you all thought this is done but then Gus Van Sant decide to ruin it by having Vince Vaughn taking on an iconic role that Anthony Perkins was born to play (and also, the less said about the Bates Motel television series, the better).
And Psycho III is a pinpoint to the franchise since it kinda signals the beginning of the end for Anthony Perkin’s career given that not only is it his directorial debut, but he has contacted HIV during the time of making and starring the movie. I like Anthony and outside of Psycho, he’s good in The Trial and Crimes of Passion and I am sad that he didn’t live longer than 60 years since he died on pneumonia. He honestly is one of the great actors of that time and will be missed. Moving on from it and you guys might be wondering why I’m talking more about Perkins than Jeff Fahey since he’s also in this movie as a supporting character, well I don’t know why but if anything, I do want to talk about somebody else who’s good at acting than Jeff in this month for once.
With Emma Spool being missing for a month due to the events of Psycho II, Norman’s former boss Ralph (Robert Alan Browne) is concerned about it along with law officers and a travelling journalist Tracy (Roberta Maxwell). Meanwhile, we meet with Maureen (Diana Scarwid) who is questioning her religion after she left the chapel following her causing an accident that killed a nun and while doing that, she gets hitchhiked by struggling musician Duane Duke (Jeff Fahey). As they are driving through the night, Duane tries to make his way to her but with Maureen not ready to get laid, he kicked her out and drives to Bates Motel.
Duane not only wants a place to stay but offers him as a job for assistant motel manager. With Norman relunctedly agrees, he goes to the diner where he used to work and tries to get interviewed by Tracy Venable (Roberta Maxwell) who thinks Norman is still the killer. And as Maureen enters, he begins to have flashbacks involving his first victim, Marion mainly due to Maureen resembling her so he leaves the diner. It doesn’t help that Maureen also became a tenant to the motel after he saw Duane again and is trying to help out.
As for Duane, he spots Tracy in the bar and tries to pick her up but failed. And as Tracy noticed a matchbox belonging the hotel, she talks to Duane about Norman and he is quickly a believer-of-sorts. Back at the hotel, Norman is about to kill Maureen in an event similar to the first movie but as he discovers Maureen is sliting herself in the bathtub, he calls the ambulance instead and saves her for the time being. Following the bar interview, Duane noticed a girl and picked her up and we get Duane doing his uh, lamp thingy before he shagged her!
After sex, he kicked her out and she calls up but Norman arrived back to kill her. She is kinda forgotten after as we now have tourists in the area celebrating by watching a football game. Both Norman and Maureen attempt to have a relationship but ended up falling asleep before Norman kills one of the tourists and hides her in the ice chest. The second victim’s disappearance begins to draw a bit of concern for everyone with Maureen leaving after Tracy explains Norman’s past.
This leads Duane to discover Norman’s mother’s corpse and take the corpse to a room which leads to a strange but interesting fight between the two which ended with Duane thought dead by Norman. With that, Norman decide to drive Duane’s car with both Duane and the victim in there. Duane awoke and tries to stop Norman but as the car is in the swamp lake, Duane finally met his end. Maureen decides to travel back to the hotel and reconnect with Norman but as he heard his “mother”, she slips and died by falling down the stairs and having a nail hit the back of her head.
It now leaves Tracy as the last person to stop Norman and tries to convince her that Emma Spool was Norman’s aunt and not his mother which was explained in the previous movie. Norman is about to kill Tracy but instead he kept stabbing his mother’s corpse instead and turns himself to the authorities ending the movie with him in the car holding the corpse’s arm with him thinking he’s free from the madness. Honestly, this movie is okay but then again, the other two sequels are good as well.
It is Anthony’s own take on the franchise that made him famous and has a couple of nods to the original. He plays Norman as good as always and obviously Jeff is fine in this because his character is such a womanizing dick who wishes to be rock star. Both Diana and Roberta are fine as well and I don’t know, the movie is just good since it involves a serial killer who is somewhat sympathetic and has a form of schizophrenia that you hardly see nowadays in horror movies (unless it’s High Tension or something). It is a shame that a remake and that television series reboot paint him as a more sadistic killer instead, uh damn Hollywood but overall, worth checking out.
January 10, 2016 § Leave a comment
Yes, it’s that time again where I delve into the collected acting works of Jeff Fahey and see how awesome is he in one movie and maybe how paycheck-wasted he is in another (assuming that part exists). And to one-up this event, I am making it two months worth of movies mainly because there is plenty of movies he has appeared in and I have an unnatural addiction of seeing them all. And the first movie to start off with is the early 90s made-for-TV thriller Sketch Artist which includes Drew Barrymore, Sean Young, Frank McRae and James Tolkan so hey, a movie with Jeff Fahey and Principal Strickland. I have been waiting to see the team-up since… well, about now apparently since I preferred a team-up with Hellboy and John Constantine.
As usual, it’s time to look at the director of this which is Phedon Papamichael and he is already well-known in the Hollywood scene since he works as a cinematographer with the likes of Alexander Payne, Judd Apatow and Jon Turteltaub. Heck, he’s nominated for one on Nebraska and I liked that movie. Before I get to this movie straight away, I should point out that this is the only Jeff Fahey starrer to have a sequel where he reprised his role so hey, if this movie is good or bad, who knows if the sequel will be a step up or down… that, and I need to look into Cyborg Cop II and Cyborg Cop III.
Jeff plays Jack Whitfield, a police sketch artist who is facing his home problems with his wife Rayanne (Sean Young). However, a murder happens at night which has the killer being witnessed a following morning with messenger girl Daisy (Drew Barrymore) that made her a witness. She meets up with Jack in the station and describes the suspect which makes Jack find one person that fits the description and his wife is a perfect fit to it. He follows her to ask what the suspect is wearing and then he called her at night to meet in her place but nobody answered. Daisy is then found dead in a crime scene and Jack is now targeted as a prime suspect.
Not running away from this, Jack decides to investigate further by talking to another suspect Claire (Stacy Haiduk) which helps a little but following the visit, he decides to “borrow” a car and pretends to be a police officer to another suspect. This leads to him having some sort of stakeout in the home of Paul Korbel (Tchéky Karyo) and when he left, Jack continues breaking the crime by taking pics of him having sex with a hooker and breaking into his house when he left. Funnily enough, he called Paul on Paul’s phone and wants to meet. Later on, he meets with Paul before Rayanne appears and turns out to be Paul’s lover. But Jack throws photos of Paul shagging a hooker which leads to Rayanne shooting Paul before he convinces her to turn herself in and the movie ends with him returning the car he “borrowed”.
This is an okay start for this theme month(s) and the movie is fine but I don’t see why it got a sequel since with the exception of a couple of sex scenes, this is just a one-time viewing and you watch something better afterwards. Jeff obviously is good but the other actors are good here and there, James have a minor role and Frank played a good best friend while Sean plays a stereotypical wife with a secret. The storytelling drags a bit and the music score is early 90s instrumental guitar rock genius. It is just your typical 90s erotic thriller that exists before it peaked with Basic Instinct and The Color of Night. Worth checking out if you into those types of movies and I will see the sequel soon but for now, how about we look at a sequel of a better thriller instead.