Saturday, February 4, 2012


This slasher spoof has a few good gags, but most of the jokes come in relentless slabs and are oppressively mundane. This is one of those films which credits Alan Smithee (an anagram for The Alias Men) as a director, and while that routinely indicates that something is so howlingly bad that the maker wanted to disown it, this is not the case here. Directed by Michael Ritchie - the man who brought us "The Bad News Bears" - this was a non-union film made during a Hollywood strike. Ritchie used the Smithee moniker so as not to incur the wrath of the guilds.

The trailer represents a fair ratio of funny-to-bullshit. The gag with the phone is great. Otherwise, it's pretty meh, but still it has a charming atmosphere. Worth seeing at least once.

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