The Item

"Weak"

The Item Review


Sheesh, how messed up is this? Indie filmmakers make a low-budget horror/gangsterer on videotape -- Artisan decides it likes it enough to distribute the film as is! It's every filmmaker's dream come true, but if I were director/writer/star Dan Clark, I'm not sure this is the story for which I'd like to become known.

The story goes like this: A group of extremely violent Gen-Xish types take a job to pick up and safeguard an unknown item for one night. Out in the desert, they pick up the item from an unusual scientist type -- only to be shown that it is some kind of freaky, wormlike alien asleep in a crate. The scientist ends up dead, they take the worm dude home, and the body count begins to rise. When the worm wakes up (and of course it's gonna wake up!) stuff gets even weirder -- because not only can it talk, but it's apparently so dead sexy that one of our heroines can't help but take a roll in the hay with him.

Certainly the film will become a cult classic, but for those with more mainstream tastes, the schlocky blood splatters, goofy sound effects, bad acting, and an unfortunately stupid storyline will be nothing but turnoffs. Clark has done a lot with a low budget (but casting himself in the lead was mistake #1) but his story never goes anywhere. I felt cheated after sitting through the 90 minutes of the film -- but damn if you don't envy that darn worm.



The Item

Facts and Figures

Run time: 100 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 28th January 1999

Distributed by: Artisan Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 40%
Fresh: 2 Rotten: 3

IMDB: 3.5 / 10

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