Saturday, February 14

Dead Heat (1988)

Directed by Mark Goldblatt
86 Minutes / Media Entetainment / Cropped from 1.85:1 to full screen

Two cops investigating a rash of robberies by several seemingly impossible-to-kill thugs uncover a plot to re-animate the dead. Fortunately for them, you can't keep a good cop dead.

Well, Piscopo made the first half quite tough for me to get through with his bullshit getting tiresome real quick. The focus shifts away from Mr. Asshole and Williams exhibits why he received the leading marquee. Thankfully, he carries most of the film and one can feel his character's momentum build during the last half hour. Gooey SFX spice things up, especially during an inspired sequence in a Chinese butcher's shop. It was also nice to see fun minor roles from Darren McGavin, Vincent Price, and Toru Tanaka. Overall, it didn't really sway me neither way, despite the obvious originality and creativity. Damn you Piscopo. Would've loved to see all the gore supposedly cut away to garner an R-rating...oh well.

Film: 5.5/10
VHS Picture: 7/10
VHS Sound: 7/10

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