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Apocalypse and the Beauty Queen is a hip, sexy, thriller with a strong protagonist, a horrifying tyrant, and a series of disturbing twist that build into a shocker of an ending. Amber, the main character is a mixture of beauty queen and revolutionary. After being told she was ugly through childhood, her self loathing became confused once she conquered the competitive world of fashion modeling. Being rejected by the same fashion industry that loved her just a few years earlier (she was in her late 20's), she returns to her small rural hometown. Suddenly the world ends, and Amber finds she has the charisma and strength to help rebuild her corner of the world in her own way. Written by
precious minutes from my life I can NEVER get back
Amber, a bitter, spiteful, extremely vain ex-beauty model goes on her day by day wheelings and dealings as she's queen of her county after the apocalypse has come and gone. Sylvie (Courtney Kocak) narrates the film and tells her tale of how so met Amber. Gunner Hansen is also on hand as an old man who takes Sylvie in right after the world turns. If you ever hoped that good old Hansen would speak more in his movie roles, you're in luck as he goes on a lentghy monologue about getting old and his old hands. It made me hearken back to the days when he was mostly silent in actual good films as "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" & "Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers". Mack-10 should REALLY just stick with rapping. But funnily enough those two are among the BETTER actors in this million dollar stinker. Quite possibly the worst movie based on the Elizabeth Bathory legend ever made. It takes a lot to make that particular story into something so deathly dull and lifeless. Yet this film accomplishes that task with rancid gusto. Pure art-house drivel.
My Grade: D-
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