Fade to Black

Fade to Black ★★★★½

"I never fucked a cop before." - Tim Thomerson

Oof! This movie hit a little too close to home for me. I could kind of identify with this cinedork awkward loner, played with effective creepiness by Dennis Christopher, at least before he murders and stalks every jabroni who slights him! The layered movie references, cutting to Dracula or Hopalong Cassidy or James Cagney or the other film so and sos crowding the protagonist's schizoid noggin, lend a sense of playfulness and fun to the stalk and kill sequences. But I also like how the film maintains a sort of drab, early '80s scuzziness that made me want to take a shower after the credits rolled. Fade to Black, indeed.

Keep an eye out for young Mickey Rourke as a muscle head bully!

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