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It just sort of... fizzles out.
on 6 October 2017
It just sort of fizzles out. Derivative I can accept, in what is largely a derivative genre (if anyone comes up with something new it rapidly becomes a formula that is done to death). Loved House of 1000 Corpses, which drew on Texas Chainsaw Massacre etc. A number of reviews have pinpointed the copycat areas/homages. But there are good parts-the jokey radio show scenes are particularly good. It's great to see Judy Geeson, Dee Wallace & Patricia Quinn (& Meg Foster-the second Christine Cagney). The film builds nicely, then Zombie unleashes his inner Ken Russell (Lair of the White Worm style) & then it all seems to sort of splutter out. The story continues/concludes with voice overs in the credit sequence & you're never quite sure if that's it, or the blue touch paper will re-ignite. You stand back & wait. But it doesn't. And it seems to end as an exercise in style & genre, containing clear references & acknowledgements along the way.