Saturday, May 10, 2014

1982: The Worst

Really not that much in the way of awful stuff, but what was... Damn.

Clint Howard and some good gore at the end are really the only reasons to seek out this badly paced riff on Carrie.  Howard is Coopersmith, a cadet at a military school who is bullied to the point of absurdity not only by his fellow cadets but by the staff as well.  Eventually he gets hold of an evil book once owned by a devil worshipper played in flashback by Richard Moll and the obligatory chaos ensues.  Said chaos is quite gruesome but the fact that the film takes over three quarters of its running time to get to it makes viewing a real chore.  It's a damn shame as Howard is really good and the finale is quite the showstopper.

In 1972, Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier did Sleuth, a fantastic thriller based on the stage play of the same name.  The film was a wonderful wind-up box of a thriller and is still one of my favorite movies of all time.  Ten years later, Caine appeared in another stage adaptation, Deathtrap... Which is less successful.  Oh, Caine is fine as one would expect and Christopher Reeve is good in his role but the film just goes straight to hell whenever Dyan Cannon comes on as Caine's shrill, annoying and rich wife.  The plot revolves around Caine enlisting Reeve to scare his wife to death (she's got a bad ticker) but there are a few more twists and turns along the way as well as Irene Jacob as maybe the worst amateur sleuth I have ever seen.  Just imagine Agatha Christie's Miss Marple or the old broad from Murder She Wrote if she claimed to have psychic powers and not much in the way of a brain.  It's a damn shame, really, because the scenes where it's just Reeve and Caine are riveting.

The sequel to the 1974 Death Wish is one of the more unpleasant viewing experiences I've ever had.  Charles Bronson is back as Paul Kersey and this time, he's moved to Los Angeles with his daughter.  After a bunch of gang members brutally kill his maid and rape his daughter (in a really nasty sequence that all by itself makes me dislike the movie intensely), he sets off on a roaring rampage of revenge.  Bronson is wooden here and while the action is okay, it's just done in a genuinely unpleasant manner that makes it hard to enjoy.  I don't mind a hard-nosed action movie but there is a certain point where it stops being fun and Death Wish II hits the mark about fifteen minutes in and never quite recovers.  A real dud from Cannon Films.

Coming Soon: The Leftovers of 1982

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