While seriously rough around the edges, this early venture by De Palma into indie cinema has a certain charm to it. After watching Noah Baumbach's excellent De Palma documentary, it's clear just how autobiographical this film is, from Denis' relationship with his brother to the father's infidelity and Denis' voyeurism attempts to catch him in the act. The framing of the narrative around Denis filming the people in his life is fairly well realized and I do like the "extra…
As intriguing as seeing Christopher Lee in yellowface may seem, the actual film around it is pretty mediocre. That's not to say it's terrible, but the story doesn't really pick up till the third act and Lee is largely absent from the proceedings, as his role is mostly relegated to sitting on a throne and giving orders. It's an interesting entry in Hammer's early output, but it's definitely not among the best in either Lee's or screenwriter Jimmy Sangster's output for the studio.
Let's get one thing straight: this movie is garbage. The script is nonsensical and full of holes, the acting defines ameteur, and the editing is a nightmare.
That being said, the audience at my screening made this so much more fun than it would have been if I watched it by myself at home. There is so much unintentional humor in this that the audience was laughing its ass off the entire time. I probably should have rated this much lower, but the good time the audience was having was too infectious and I found myself laughing along with them.
Joe Dante's 1978 creature feature classic Piranha is my go to reference for how to do a monster movie right: likeable characters, subtle sense of humor, and practical effects used sparingly. James Cameron's Piranha Part Two: The Spawning does absolutely none of that, yet still somehow manages to be endearing in its own right.
Despite being known for extravagant budgets and an overreliance on CGI these days, it's weird to see a Cameron movies from his days with Roger Corman.…