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The Weirdo (1989)

 -  Drama | Horror  -  January 1989 (USA)
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After years of torment and torture, a disturbed young man snaps and takes out his frustration in particularly violent ways.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Burington ...
Donnie Raymond
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Jenny
Naomi Sherwood ...
Miss Martins
Lynne Angus ...
Lisa
John Rand ...
Rev. Cummings
Janet Roberts ...
Mrs. Cummings
Lynne Caryl ...
Ma Raymond
Carroll Oden ...
Mr. Cycil Price
Shawn Player ...
Nails
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Dean
Dennis Robbins ...
Vic
John Taylor ...
Bill the Counterman
Gina Carrera ...
Boots (as Julie Winchester)
Melanie Ewbank ...
Rhoda
Shari Michaels ...
Mother in Park
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After years of torment and torture, a disturbed young man snaps and takes out his frustration in particularly violent ways.

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January 1989 (USA)  »

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Something old...something new
30 June 2007 | by (San Diego, California) – See all my reviews

If this seems a lot different from the rest of Milligan's sparse 80s output, it's because this is actually a remake of a mid-70s Milligan film that was lost. In many ways it is the ultimate Milligan film, undone by the same elements that did in Milligan's last few films: the gritty, sleazy ensembles of "The Ghastly Ones" and "Fleshpot on 42nd Street" are replaced by bland actors from the fringes of respectable Hollywood. Beyond that the crazy, manic energy of Milligan's early films, the screaming actors, traumatic camera-work, and canned background music are long gone, replaced by a modicum of "professionalism".

Unlike his other 80s films, however, there are lots of early Milligan elements: horrible, evil mothers, sadistic and cruel authority figures, freaks (I guess Donnie's crippled girlfriend counts), and Milligan's own obvious identification with the doomed monster. The weirdo, Donnie, is basically a harmless borderline retard a la Hal Borske in "The Ghastly Ones" who is bullied and humiliated before taking his revenge in an oddly satisfying but shoddy manner. If you've read "The Ghastly One" and actually like some of Milligan's films, parts might strike you as almost touching, since so much of Milligan himself seems to be on display here, but that said the high-school cast, awkward dialog, silly 80s gang, and characters who arbitrarily change at the drop of a plot point don't really help matters. Definitely not "the worst film" ever (none of Milligan's films are even close to that), but too lumbering and leaden for its own good. Too bad the original is "lost", I'd love to see it.


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