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This is an absolutely fascinating documentary, though flawed in many ways. It was made be legendary sci fi-horror filmmaker Larry Buchanan and if you look fast you'll see that fine character actor Bill Thurman in a tiny part. The filmmakers are determined to lionize Texas Ranger Frank Hamer and accept Hamer's recollections of the manhunt and showdown, which is a mistake because Hamer's story is highly questionable in several respects. There are a lot of interesting moments in this picture, not the least of which is the "polygraph test" taken by former hood Floyd Hamilton, brother of Barrow gang member Raymond Hamilton. Bonnie is portrayed as a bloodthirsty dame most of the film, though Floyd Hamilton seems to contradict that totally, as do most historians today. There are a lot of factual problems in this documentary, but it remains a very interesting collection of fact and fancy.
Fans of the old Mexican wrestling/horror films will get a kick out of this homage starring one of the greatest of the masked superheroes, Mil Mascaras. The Aztec Mummy, after being brought back to life by some plump acolytes, immediately launches into a plan to take over the world. But do not fear, Mil Mascaras, and an assortment of other masked Mexican grapplers, are here! There's more cheese in this picture than at the Velveeta factory, but it's all good. Veteran director Jeff Burr knows the material and manages to keep it breezy and fast moving. From the inane dialog to the illogical plotting to the low budget effects, this movie captures the feel of a near-forgotten, but much loved sub-sub genre.
This film absolutely deserves to find an audience. It's not perfect, but it's a lot more challenging and entertaining than 90 percent of the stuff floating around out there. Joe Unger, an extremely under-appreciated actor, has a terrific role and delivers a performance to match. Most of the cast is solid, including indie favorite Duane Jackson. The movie looks great and the Texas setting couldn't have been filmed better. (It reminds me a lot of a crackerjack Joe Lansdale Texas tale.) A very good, knowing movie that includes a lot of detail that adds depth to the story. The filmmakers know the terrain where their story unfolds and they skillfully capture both the people and the place. Good writing. Good (most of the time) acting. Excellent photography. I recommend this one for anyone looking for something different.
There's hardly anything at all to recommend this movie. Chase Masterson is always nice to look at and actually can act, though her role in this clunker is a waste. Unfortunately the rest of the cast ranges from bad to mediocre. In a lot of films like this someone will shine through the material and you make a note of them for future reference. No such luck here. Creature Unknown" a clichéd monster-on-the-loose flick with the kids getting knocked off one after the other. The monster is a man in a rubber suit which hearkens back to the days of Paul Blaisdell. So bad it's good! The rest of the show is just so bad it's bad. A little humor might have made this more palatable, but everyone plays the deadly dull material straight up. There is a twist or two at the end, but by then you won't care anymore.
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There are some nice touches here, things like the idiots calling in on the radio shows and "for sale" signs on the family's lawn after a loss. But overall I was disappointed. I haven't read the book so I don't know how to compare it with the film, but on its on the movie left me flat. Billy Bob underplays his part nicely, but I NEVER got a sense that this was a veteran high school football coach at one of the more high pressure, high profile programs in Texas. I love that actor who played the QB, but again never saw him as a player of the caliber he was supposed to be. Mostly, he just screwed up. The way Permian suddenly started playing well in the playoffs didn't make any sense. The assistant coaches were non-entities (as they almost always are in football movies.) Would a high school coach not check with a star player's doctor himself if there was an injury question? The flashy black tailback (Booby) and the quiet but powerful black lineman (Preacher) are almost stock characters, though both are well acted. Actually the most interesting character was the Hispanic defensive back, but the movie didn't do anything with him. The climactic game was highly dubious. It's hard to imagine a team being that physically dominant and then suddenly getting pounded for the last two quarters, Again, I didn't read the book, but the movie overplayed Carter's viciousness. Don't refs in Texas throw flags for that stuff? There were more things in this film I liked and more I disliked, but overall it was a disappointment. The great high school football movie remains to be made. I guess I'll have to write it myself.
Fred MacMurray really stands out in this largely unknown western. MacMurray's character is on the run, but gets tangled up in the deadly affairs of a small town. The love story, which could have been nothing more than a routine plot device, actually works on a very fundamental level. MacMurray is top notch as the film's anti-hero. The rest of the cast is not as good, particularly a wooden Lin McCarthy as the embattled sheriff. Director Paul Wendkos delivers a crisply directed film. A lot of little things which could have been done routinely or sloppily are filmed with gusto and precision. The end-of-the-movie shootout is particularly energetic. Face of a Fugitive is not a great western, but it's very entertaining and should be seen by genre fans.
I really liked this film. Although the twist ending was not exactly unexpected, the story kept me guessing. Beautifully shot with lots of very effective scenery adding to the overall feel. Director Robert Fuest's work is evocative of Hitchcock. The use of French actors and the absence of subtitles is a smart move, giving the viewer a sense of the young girl's confusion and mounting fear. The location filming in France pays off beautifully as the movie had an otherworldly feel to it. Pamela Franklin stars and it quit good. She is asked to tell a lot of story with only her expressions and she does so splendidly. Fuest trusted her performance and it paid off. Solid story, good acting and a firm, polished hand at the directorial helm make this an underrated thriller.
Usually the presence of an Elvis impersonator guarantees a movie is a
piece of crap. "Eddie Presley" is an exception. There are plenty of
rough edges, but the fine moments more than make up for
them. Duane Whitaker is good as Eddie, the broken down, would-be faux king of rock
and roll. Whitaker wrote the play the film is based on and it's obviously a very personal project. His Eddie is memorable. Director Jeff Burr delivers a fine looking movie and as is his usual strength, gets some fine performances out of the supporting cast. The underrated Glu Gulager, Roscoe Lee Brown and Daniel Roebuck are exceptional. "Eddie Presley" has some very funny moments, but the humor is like a lifeboat tossed on a sea of despair and desperation. An independent film with an independent spirit and a big heart.
Forget all the critics (though much of their criticism is technically on target). Watch this film with an open mind and revel in the sheer audaciousness of it all. Gruesome monsters. Trashy, gorgeous heroines. Square jawed men of action. Let the bizarre ennui envelope you. Enjoy the sheer inanity of the whole thing. I saw this as a teen and was utterly captivated by it and the crude power remains intact. On location shooting (in the Philippines) and cast of unknowns adds enormously. It's a wonderful piece of trash film making -- a classic of the sort.
There are several reasons to dislike this movie. First, the level of
studio interference was considerable. That explains the atrocious
ending grafted on against the director's wishes. The studio was looking
ahead to a sequel more than they were concentrating on making this
picture work. Second, because of the huge success of the first film
(among genre fans) anything which followed was going to draw a lit of
criticism. Do the filmmakers simply mimic the original, or do they
completely break the mold? Usually what you get is a mishmash of both
theories and that's what you have here. That said, "Leatherface" is lot
of fun if you like a balls -out gore fest with some humor and better
production values than the budget warranted. Director Jeff Burr creates
a deliciously-crazed atmosphere while driving the
story home. This is also a very fine looking movie and kudos go to the director of photography, whose name escapes me. The cast is excellent. Mortensen looks like he's having a lot more fun here than in the "Rings": movies and Kate Hodge is very under appreciated. There's a good role for genre veteran Ken Foree too and he delivers the goods. By the way, the chainsaw in this one is a real beaut. "Leatherface" is a very solid B-movie effort.
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