Alternate Title: Shatterbrain
IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105242/
Starring: Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) & some character actors we’ve all seen a million times.
Review in a nutshell: This movie is based on HP Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. I was able to forgive the shit writing because Sarandon has more than an ounce of acting ability. Don’t get me wrong, the man is no Anthony Hopkins. However his performance was Oscar worthy compared to EVEYRONE else in this film. Despite that, I was thrilled with it as far as Lovecraft adaptations go. They stuck close to the original story while modernizing it and that made it interesting. As effects go I’d put this in the same category as Re-animator, but it’s not as GOOD as Re-animator. Lastly the movie gets double brownie points because there was no romance and no gratuitous sex scene.
Where I found it: Netflix
How much I paid for it: 108 minutes of my life
Points of interest: Lt. Lockhart from Full Metal Jacket and some guy from Fast Times at Ridgemont high are both in it. You’ll recognize them.
The Money Shot: I was impressed with the still wiggling failed experiment pulled out of the river during the “flash back” scene.
I love bad movies. LOVE them. I have several definitions of bad, but it all comes down to “bad on purpose” and “bad by accident”.
I will watch it if:
it can be described as science fiction, fantasy, or horror (Sometimes I will watch action comedy but these are less likely.)
it is described as a mystery or thriller and a serial killer is mentioned in the description.
it has less than three stars on Netflix
the cast includes Ron Perlman, Rutger Hauer, Henry Rollins, Bill Mosely, Bruce Campbell, Clancy Brown or Malcolm McDowell
Lovecraft, Cthulu or Dragons are mentioned in the title, tag line or box art.