Unbelievably terrible. I loved it.
Is there a more visually memorable product of the 80’s than Beetlejuice? There might be, yeah, but I’m drawing a hard blank right now.
One of the things about this movie that I’ve always found slightly frustrating is the fact that almost nothing happens in it. By the writer’s* own admission (if memory serves), there really isn’t much of a story here. Something I realized while rewatching the film is that this might actually be one of its secret strengths;…
This is garbage, man. Occasionally elevated by some striking imagery and a good performance by tha Cage, Mandy is about as basic a revenge film (structurally, at least) as you could possibly expect. The story and characters are both deliriously uninteresting, and it fascinates me that a director who seems so attentive to craft and aesthetic would settle for such a simplistic end-product. The over-stylization only exacerbates this problem. There’s nothing to think about, here. No meaning.
There’s a big…
A big reason for the appeal of John Carpenter’s Halloween, in my eyes, is that it’s such a modestly budgeted film, made with so much style and confidence in its direction that its other limitations don’t really register.
This one is sort of an inverse of that; a shiny, competently made slasher with little style to speak of and a distracting lack of confidence. It’s a film that seems overly preoccupied with the fact that it’s a sequel to Halloween…