Friday, November 20, 2015

Movie review: Quicksilver Highway

This is actually two stories: Chattering Teeth which is a Stephen King story, and The Body Politic which is a Clive Barker story. Chattering Teeth is a lovely story about a man who picks up a hitchhiker who has malicious intent only to be defended by a quirky toy bought for his son. A set of chattering teeth.
The Body Politic is an interesting trip into insanity when a surgeons hands rebel against him and try to organize a hand revolution. Both stories are told as stories by an unusual character, Aaron Quicksilver, to people he meets on his travels or in the course of business.

Christopher Lloyd (Aaron Quicksilver), Matt Frewer (Charley), Raphael Sbarge (Kerry Parker/Bill Hogan), Missy Crider (Olivia Parker/Lita Hogan), Silas Mitchell (Bryan Adams), Bill Nunn (Len), Clive Barker (Anesthesiologist).

Although the film wasn’t much on the fear factor scale, both plots were unique to my knowledge and were enjoyable to briefly contemplate. The narration style of the film by Lloyd as a character in a plot tying the two stories together really didn’t do anything for the stories themselves and I think leaving that part out and developing more of the two stories would have made for a much better film.

I hesitate to say acting wasn’t good in this one but rather that the problem was depth. The film seemed to run screaming past character development and right into the attempted scary parts. Instead the result was a complete lack of empathy for the characters and a pediatric feeling overall. Disappointing considering the story writers.

Camera work and sound were decent throughout the film however dialogue shifted from entertaining to juvenile frequently. Special effects left something to be desired and were actually funny in parts.

If you enjoy light-hearted sci-fi or horror that just isn’t scary, check this one out. Otherwise, leave this off your Must See list.

Other than adult concepts and violence this one is pretty plain so viewing by preens and above should be fine.

Released: 1997
Reviewed: 1.9.15
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Horror, Made-for-TV Movies

copyright ©2015 Dave Riedel

Remember to click on Subscribe and leave comments!

No comments:

Mine mine mine!!!!

Blog disclaimer and copyright information. . .

-I hope to make this blog revenue generating in the future and as such any posts found here may be paid posts. If you want to pay me to post for you, let me know!
-Content may change over time resulting in inaccuracies. I also make mistakes, some will be here.
-I have no control over what is at the other end of any links you may find here.
-Film pictures, dvd covers, film banners or whatever you like to call them are copied here from widely available public locations. I did not create them nor do I own them.
-Any files, programs or downloadables are provided only for convenience and fun. I in no way warrant, represent, or otherwise imply they won’t cause you problems. Use at your own risk! If your computer blows up I don’t want to even hear about it.
-Reviews posted here are my opinion and meant as informational for prospective viewers and are not meant to malign, defame, or otherwise harm anyone or anything. They also are not meant as advice or counsel , not necessarily factual or absolute, and the author will not be held responsible for the results of their use.
-Comments are NOT the opinion of this author, nor is he responsible or liable for the comments or their results. I will try to moderate them in a reasonable (to me) manner.
-Translation of any portion of this blog may result in other than desirable language for which the author is not responsible. Furthermore, I’m not an English major so there will be bad grammar and punctuation found here. There may also be language that is intentionally objectionable to support my opinions. Tough.
-Copyright: All reviews and opinions expressed here by the author are owned by the author. Please enjoy reposting and/or linking, I ask only that you give proper credit and inform me you have used my content for your own pleasure and devious purposes.
-Legal limit on damages: .02 cents, U.S. (Yes, I will give you my 2 cents worth if you abuse me in court).