I once got accused of having a movie muse with the attention span as fast as a hummingbird’s wings fluttering. I didn’t disagree. For some reason in April 2014 I found myself craving some late ‘80s/early ‘90s thrillers. Somehow I ended up watching two made by Europeans that were both set in the deserts of America.
Of course, my desire for desert set flicks would eventually leave me high and dry as I encountered…
REVOLT (1986), I hoped for more of the same with DEATH FLASH. This is a Tony Zarindast flick that I still have no idea what that title means after watching it. Cop Johnny Duncan (A.J. Nay) lives with his singer girlfriend and his younger sister. He is one of those protective older brothers you only see in the movies who asks, “Are you really going to wear that?” when his sister is wearing a slinky outfit. His life gets turned upside down one night when he confronts his girlfriend’s stalker and ends up accidentally shooting him. He’s arrested but soon has to escape when he finds out his sister is being seduced by the world of cocaine. Hey, overprotective brothers have to overprotect. I’ve seen a couple of Zarindast flicks, but can barely remember them. Hell, I can barely remember this while typing up this write up. All I know is that I’m still hoping for that badass movie shown in that VHS cover. There are a couple of amusing bits like a bar shootout ten minutes into the flick where no one can hit anything or when Johnny hijacks a helicopter and asks the pilot where his sister is being taken (“I don’t know, I’m just a pilot” he says before blurting out the exact place the villains are going with his sister). Not enough to recommend it though. Naturally, it sent me into the bad movie love/hate relationship as I started looking for more Zarindast flicks. I had to order more of his films afterward and have the amazingly titled HARDCASE AND FIST (1989) – starring Ted Prior and Carter Wong - lined up for a near future viewing. I’m sure I’ll be back next month talking about how it didn’t deliver the goods.
HOLLYWOOD'S NEW BLOOD
HOUSE OF DEATH (aka DEATH SCREAMS)
SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE
THE ZERO BOYS
Thankfully, I was eligible for Tom’s S.A.P. (Slasher Advantage Program) and he soon hooked me up with copies of SILENT MADNESS, FINAL EXAM, DEATH SCREAMS, and GROTESQUE. 11 more to go, ma! GROTESQUE tells the story of friends Lisa (Linda Blair) and Kathy (Donna Wilkes) heading up into the California mountains to spend a weekend with Linda’s mom and dad at their cabin. Oh, dad also happens to be a movie special effects guy, so expect lots of wacky “fooled you” gags from the man. Soon a group of “only in the movies” punks show up and head to the house to rob the family. Why? Because the dad works in the movies and everybody who works in the movies is filthy, stinkin’ rich. Unfortunately, the punks don’t know about Patrick, the family’s grotesque child hiding in the house.