The runtime isn't enough to address a career the length and importance of Stevie's, but there are more surprise inclusions than exclusions. He's one of a kind with everything that implies.
A clunky return for Mike, after an interesting detour, introduces an OK new character (his niece) but offers little else.
Performances are mixed, kills are lazy and poor Donald Pleasance starts out with Pangea on his face and ends up with a couple of indiscernable continents.
The familiar elements (score, locale) are nice but not enough to elevate it above slightly fun. Great as part of a Halloween marathon, but nothing much of value outside of that. Director Little fared better with Rapid Fire a couple of years later.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
We made a film that has the following:
-Whoops! Now an African-American protagonist.
-It is in black & white.
-It's all in one night! All in one one house!
-We wait forever to even kind of tell you what's going on
-People eat other people! You even get to see it!
-Kids kill their folks!
-Brothers kill sisters!
-Wait, everyone dies!
-Whatever was happening has no conclusion!
Please enjoy our film,
I don't feel like going on about something right now, but I WILL say this:
WALL*E is the best love story I can think of, going back to at least When Harry Met Sally, and one of the sweetest and most effective I've ever seen. How far you have fallen so quickly Pixar. After Up, it has been nothing but down. (ba-dum-bum)