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Masters of Horror - Pick Me Up

episode 1.11

USA 2006
produced by
Stephen R. Brown (executive), Morris Berger (executive), John W.Hyde (executive), Mick Garris (executive), Keith Addis (executive), Andrew Deane (executive) for IDT Entertainment, Nice Guy Productions, Industry Entertainment/Showtime
directed by Larry Cohen
starring Fairuza Balk, Warren Kole, Michael Moriarty, Laurene Landon, Malcolm Kennard, Tom Pickett, Peter Benson, Kristie Marsden, Michael Eklund, Paul Anthony, Crystal Lowe, Michael Petroni, Mar Andersons, Danielle Rees
screenplay by David J.Schow, based on his short story, music by Jay Chattaway

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Masters of Horror

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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A bus breaks down in the middle of nowhere ... which is too bad because not one but two serial killers, the trucker Wheeler (Michael Moriarty), who likes to pose as a deputy sheriff, and the hitchhiker Walker (Warren Kole) have - independently from one another - picked exactly this neck of the woods to do their dirty business ... and before long, everybody in the bus has been slaughtered by one of the two, everybody but Stacia (Fairuza Balk), who has decided to continue on foot once the bus has broken down and has safely reached the next motel some 15 miles away ... too bad though that Walker and Wheeler have picked exactly this motel to spend the night as well, where not only they meet for the first time (and immediately recognize each other) but they also learn that Stacia was on the bus as well, and neither of them wants to let her go, out of professional pride of course. Stacia though realizes that both of them might mean trouble and decides to make an escape in the middle of the night, on foot ... but before long both Walker and Wheeler have caught up with her, and she's handcuffed while the two men fight over her, and in Wheeler's rolling truck, too ... until Stacia pushes the brake, which makes the truck topple over and the two men - neither of them buckled up - being thrown out of the windscreen. But even lieing in front of the truck badly injured, they can't help continuing to fight over who gets to kill Stacia - until the ambulance arrives ...

The only bad thing is that the two ambulance guys (Michael Petroni, Mar Andersons) are way more psycho than either Wheeler or Walker, whom they kill almost right away. Satcia though they keep - for later.

 

Pick Me Up might be nowhere nearly as intelligent as Larry Cohen's best films like God Told Me To and It's Alive, as it totally lacks the socio-political subtext of these films, however, taken by its own merits, Pick Me Up is a both intelligent and delightfully amusing send-up to the slasher genre by any large, and one that manages to poke fun at it without endlessly playing the reference game à al Scream. Plus Cohen-regular Michael Moriarty turns in an excellent performance.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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