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Rampage Review


Good
Very loosely based on a true story, Rampage follows the trial of one Charlie Reece who went on a murder spree in central California and pled insanity. Writer/director is clearly disgusted with the idea that an insanity defense can get a cold-blooded killer off, but the shortcuts and inaccuracies he takes in portraying the legal system injure his cause critically. Not a bad flick, and McArthur's Reece is quite chilling, but overall it's only so-so.

Devil In The Flesh Review


Weak
Best known as an early Rose McGowan flick, Devil in the Flesh is really just late-night cable fare made passable only by some not-quite-awful acting. For McGowan purists only.

Suspended Animation Review


Good
Here's a weird little item. Somewhere between a nighttime soap opera and an EC Horror comic book is Suspended Animation. Hollywood animator Tom Kempton (Alex McArthur) is accosted by some psychopathic women on a snowmobile trip, and given some Misery-style torture by the old crones (played by Laura Esterman and Sage Allen, making for a pair of spooky sisters). Those who think they might have fallen into a B-version of Stephen King's popular novel might not enjoy the opening third, which is as familiar as Kathy Bates's mallet. But they're advised to stick with it. Suspended Animation isn't content to play itself out as a ham-fisted rip-off. (Those who plan on seeing the movie should know that the whacked-out twists in the narrative are pretty much the entire pleasure of Suspended Animation, and are advised to check out of this review now.)

Still here? I thought so. Suspended Animation quickly dispenses with the kidnapped author premise, as Tom's friends sweep in for a daring rescue and a bloody snowmobile chase quickly follows. Just as I predicted the opening of the movie as a pale rip-off of Misery, I now thought it was going to be a girl hunter version of Deliverance. Not so. Again, Suspended Animation jets through this section with economy and an appropriate level of menace. Unlike most low budget thrillers that dawdle their way through 90 minutes, Suspended Animation briskly covers that territory in less than half of its entire running time (a surprisingly fast two hours).

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