Monday, May 19, 2008

Best Friends

This Drive-In Cult Classics collection seems to be on a fairly steady downward spiral, only without the soothing vocal talents of Trent Reznor. I’m just under halfway through the set, so there’s a distinct possibility we can still turn this thing around, but right now the outlook’s not looking so promising. I’m sure someday I’ll learn that getting a collection of 8 movies for “only” ten bucks may not be quite the bargain it always seems to appear.

The film stars Richard Hatch (Apollo from the original Battlestar Galactica) as half of a pair of friends that are traveling the land in an RV with their girls. Right from here, you can probably intuit where the plot heads. Yes, Hatch’s friend begins to feel jealous of Hatch’s relationship with his girl, and feels that all of their childhood closeness may now be ending, and so goes completely insane, and starts threatening the girl, and trying to force himself on her to force a confrontation.

This is all very dully accomplished, and done so slowly and ploddingly that a good deal of my viewing was of my watch, wondering when it would mercifully end. Outside of the crazy best friend, none of the characters has any personality to speak of. Apollo was the same nonentity that he would later be on BG, and the two girls are so completely interchangeable that at the end, when one of them is murdered, I was unable to identify which of them it was. Try as I might, I can’t find a single reason for this film to have ever existed, and must assume it was created as an active effort of spite against the world. As such, it is an unqualified success.

Rating: Zero stars

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