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All in all this is not too bad. The film has some moments of real suspense and drama, however they are unfortunately counterbalance by some appalling script points. Ben Gazzara is OK as the cop, not too nasty and not too nice. Alex McArthur is the other main character, and he turns in a pretty decent performance. In summary, a little brainless at points but not a bad film.
OK Roger Corman cable production delivers pretty much what you'd expect. A
maniac kills shapely nude models on a small college campus by slitting their
throats after force-feeding them coins. Troubled ex-policeman Jack `Jigsaw'
Lasky (Ben Gazzara), who's haunted by memories of accidentally shooting and
killing his partner, becomes personally involved when the prime suspect,
cocky actor Richard Darling (Alex MacArthur), becomes involved with his
blonde artist daughter (Renee Ammann).
The plot is often highly implausible and some of the characters behave brain dead, but some witty dialogue and good interplay between Gazzara and MacArthur are enough to keep you tuned in.
Score: 4 out of 10
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Ben Gazzara, at one time thought to be another Brando phones in his
predictable grouchy, heavy-drinking "rogue" cop performance. The plot
is a shambles, a masked killer is prowling a campus (which apparently
has NO security patrols, even after the first death) and murdering
girls by choking them with coins.
Gazzara fiddles with a blank jigsaw and is sometimes called "Hey, Jigsaw" but this has no bearing on the plot, similarly his agonizing over the accidental shooting of his partner is repeated several times for no good effect. The moment we realize that the dumb, blonde art student is his daughter the signposts are erected to the predictable outcome. In these days of CSI and Law & Order it's amusing to see cops trampling all over a crime scene and inviting an initial prime suspect to assist in the investigation.
Conclusion: Life's too short to visit the scene of this cinematic crime
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