- X 2019
Loren Winters, Paul Winters for Cannon
directed by Paul Winters
starring Loren Winters, James Courtney, Shepherd Sanders, Donald Hotton, Jeff Morris, Robert Bruce, Dale Howard, Kathryn Hauber, George Nicholas, Kevyn Chihaden, Ronny Kenney, Sherri McKenzie, Buddy Daniels, Michael Rivkin, Jack Poff, Tom Patrick Shortall jr, Miguel Norwood, Karl Warkentien, Daniel Flurry, Cris Thomas-Palomino, Joseph V.Perry, Tom Cannon, Frank Jasper, Laurel Allen, Wayne Armstrong, Sandy Rahimi, Iris Jordan, Cynthia Steele, Khorshed Nusrutty, Howard Penn, Helen Costa, Hardy Salwitz, Mel Berenson, Frank Noon, Mark Comperry, Douglas Main, Gary J. Wayton, Linda Fetters, Shanna Lynn, Nancy Redman, Nancy Boxleitner, John D.LeMay, Kimber Eastwood, Gary Matanky, Richard London, Janice Motoike, Antje De Pont, Taylea Shea, Trisha Hutton, Paul Winters, Ron Broyles, Eileen Dietz, Thad Geer, Allen Frazier, Xavier Hunter, Jason Christmas, Jim Maniaci, Brad Axelrod, Brian Dunne, Robert Harvey, Richard Axelrod
written by Gahan Wilson, music by Greg Stewart
Maniac Arthur (James Courtney), who has killed his mother (Kathryn
Hauber) and her boyfriend (George Nicholas) as a kid, has just escaped
from asylum (by jumping off the tower onto the belly of a guard just like
a wrestler), and now
he is slaughtering his way through the countryside. Eventually, he crosses
paths with model Linda (Loren Winters), who has just broken up with her
boyfriend Manny (Frank Jasper) because she found him cheating on her ...
and she escapes Arthur despite his best efforts. This gets him back to the
asylum, but makes her into a minor celebrity, and soon enough, she is cast
in a stupid science fiction film by sleazy producer Bert (Shepherd
Sanders), to be shot out somewhere in the desert. Thing is, Arthur soon
breaks out of the asylum again, and while making his run through the
desert, he rather accidently bumps into the film production. He soon
starts killing various people on the staff, but nobody seems to care at
all about this, and everybody goes out of his way to keep news about
Arthur's escape from Linda ... until Manny, Linda's ex arrives on the set
to tell her because he still cares for her. Not that he needed have
bothered, because next on Arthur's list is Bert the producer, and with
him gone, it's pretty obvious there's a killer on the prowl. Still,
production is going ahead anyways, and Linda is not scared half as
shitless as she should have been ... until in the finale of the
film-within-the-film, Arthur slips into the costume of the monster and
tries to kill her on camera, ruining most of the set in the process. Nobody
shows much reaction though until Manny enters the scene, frees her from
the killer's grip and sees to it that Arthur goes up in an explosion.
However, his body cannot be found ...
A slasher movie that
deliberately mixes motives of Halloween
and The Hitcher with a few original ideas in best low-budget
tradition and in such a stupid fashion that it is almost endearing:
Arthur's first escape in which he jumps onto a guard from a tower as if he
was a wrestler is the first big laugh, the total indifference of the whole
cast towards anything that's happening around them (not only towards the
murders, also when Linda finds her boyfriend in bed with another woman,
she actually looks slightly bored but not necessarily upset) is almost
other-worldly, the murders that are not as bloody (or well-executed) as
they should have been for budgetary reasons look decidedly weird in
context of the gory-for-gore's-sake slasher genre, the many sleazy characters are almost
loveable, and the stupid film-within-a-film is even intentionally funny.
all, a bad film, but one you still might like for all the wrong reasons.
review © by Mike Haberfelner
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