Sabbatical. Accident today. Thought I broke my leg, but I didn't. Hurts, though. Hand still hurts. Long story.
"Cop kabob!" Fuck, don't you just love cheesy one-liners in cheesy horror films of yesteryear? Even the bad ones (I'm talking suicidally bad) put a doltish grin on my face. That's how I would describe my impression of 1992's Sleepwalkers. It's stupid...God, it's stupid, but it made me forget the world for 91 minutes. I appreciate that because I'm currently nursing a (possibly) broken hand, and I'll take any frowzy, frou-frou entertainment I can find. Going in, I didn't realize that Stephen King adapted the screenplay from his own unpublished story. What is it with him and icky subject matter? If I had only read It and watched Sleepwalkers, I would wonder about his preoccupation with prepubescent gangbanging and incestuous pussy monsters.
Mick Garris directs it all with a cool, imperturbable stasis (you'd never guess that it was a scrambled shoot). I dug the steady pans and the rich lighting. The occasional hiccup editing? Well, I blame the studio, although a heft of juicy gore did escape their imposed scissors. The acting is better than I was expecting. Madchen Amick is a peach as the virginal, lily-white Tanya. I actually wanted her to live, which I'm told is a good thing. And I'd give King credit for crafting down-to-earth characters, but unfortunately, I'd also have to give him credit for plot holes and haphazard dialogue. Seriously, what the fuck was up with the black policeman (oops, I mean African-American; I wouldn't want to offend white people)? There comes Johnny with his pecker in his hand? He's off to the rodeo? What???
Sleepwalkers is fun. Not as fun as, say, playing board games with anthropomorphized soft pretzels, but still.
Posted by Dom Coccaro at 8:31 PM
Depression, am I right? Here lately, I haven't had any interest in activities I would normally be interested in. No energy. No real desire to go outside or even get out of bed. That's fucking depression. But hey, I've been dealing with it for over a decade now, and it pirouettes in crests. Of course, the crest is the highest point of a wave. I'm currently in a trough (that's the lowest point, for all you middle-schoolers out there). Misery intensifies during the winter months, as it does for most folks who suffer from chronic depression.
What am I going on about? Oh! Don't expect the site to renew its strength until 2017 is mushrooming. I've been sitting on an episode of Insomnia Theatre, and I have plenty of movies to critique. I just watched 1976's Bloodsucking Freaks. Probably should have reviewed it, but MEH. See, that's the depression talking. I did like it. It's supposed to be an uproarious comedy, right?
Posted by Dom Coccaro at 11:53 PM
Um, I have a new wheelchair? It was delivered yesterday, and while I'm certainly grateful for my insurance picking up the tab, I haven't used it THAT much yet. With every new chair comes a grace period. I have to learn how to drive it (it's usually not that difficult...usually) and some kinks have to be worked out. Now, about that driving thing. It's usually not so difficult, except for this time. This is my fourth or fifth wheelchair as a human being, and for the most part, they have all driven the same way. They were four-wheelers. This one is a six-wheeler.
I have a deeper understanding of it than you do, but not even I can describe why it's difficult to steer. Plus, it doesn't fit comfortably under my bedroom desk. And the right leg rest needs to be extended. I blame Jesus Christ. His birthday is coming up, and I always get crabby/irritated around this time of the year. Obviously, none of this concerns you. I'm just letting you know why the fuck.
Posted by Dom Coccaro at 8:10 PM
Mortification is a Christian band (!). You can't tell by listening to them, so check them out. It's funny in a way. Doesn't the fact that you can't discern their religious values from listening to their music put the kibosh on starting a Christian band in the first place? I thought that "spreading the word" was the whole point. Whatever, man. I haven't listened to Erasing the Goblin, in particular, but their early stuff is killer death metal. Death! Gore! Yeah!
Posted by Dom Coccaro at 4:39 AM
If I was pressed to describe 2016's The Greasy Strangler, I would remove my pants and shout arbitrary words. Repeatedly. That wouldn't tell you the plot, but you would feel like you had just watched the film. I try to pay attention to tone and texture. The tone here is slapdash sadism. The texture? Flabby, pendulous sheathing. Ugh, I'm trying to keep it classy here. We see a lot - A LOT - of naked flesh, and none of the actors are trim. Again, I'm trying to use hospitable language, as the bare-skinned cast members are male and female. Elizabeth De Razzo plays Janet, the picture's love interest. She's right cute, but her frame isn't exactly...trim? Yeah, I'll stick with "trim" since I've used it once already.
I want to make something clear, not that I'm under any social obligation to explain myself. Personally, I prefer curves. I draw the line at morbid obesity (for reasons predicated on health), but I don't consider Janet to be morbidly obese. Some might, I'm sure. Father-and-son contingent Big Ronnie and Big Brayden impel The Greasy Strangler forward. Obviously, they are the main characters; the anchor, the embryo, the seed, the nub, the heart, the nucleus...they don't look great naked. Ronnie, the Big daddy, looks particularly rough, and I couldn't count the seconds of screen time allotted to his prosthetic member. Floppy fake dicks are all over the place. Ronnie is packing a massive third leg, while Brayden sports a micropenis because comedy.
Technically, the genre tag is "horror/comedy," but the horror is expatriated to laconic kill sequences. I'll give director Jim Hosking one thing; his effects crew devised a handful of amusing gore twinklings. So there's that. I still haven't said much with regards to the storyline because the synopsis will tell you everything you need to know about The Greasy Strangler. It's an experiment in drollery and travesty. Imagine a collaboration between John Waters and Tim Heidecker. I'm a fan of both gentlemen, but most of this lark's quirks coasted past me without registering so much as a simper. It should be noted that I don't do gross-out humor (with very few exceptions). If an old man farting in the general direction of his son sounds funny to you, then by all means, have at it.
The title is a reference to some creep squelching lives around town. The only problem is that it's not a whodunit. We know precisely who done it, and as a matter of fact, he/she admits to doing it in the first scene of The Greasy Strangler. With ten percent more effort, the script could have been somewhat clever. Y'know, it's strange; this is the kind of oddball fuckery I'd normally favor. I dig aspects of it. Sky Elobar and Michael St. Michaels are fucking committed as Brayden and Ronnie, respectively. I questioned their sanity. The score is memorable, if not...well, it's memorable. I'll leave it at that. To be (im)perfectly honest, I'm grappling with how many Z'Dars I should assign such a grody, disruptive undertaking. I almost want to create a different rating scale. Almost.
Posted by Dom Coccaro at 8:41 PM