Monday, December 28, 2015

Movie review: Master's Of Horror: Pick Me Up

When the bus she is riding on breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Stacia decides to walk to a hotel. Little does she know that her fellow passengers have all fallen victim to a serial killer turf war and she is next.

Fairuza Balk (Stacia), Warren Kole (Walker), Michael Moriarty (Jim Wheeler).

This Masters Of Horror entry by Larry Cohen has a very interesting and I believe unique plot I haven’t seen before. Take your average serial killer movie and throw in another serial killer with a similar method of operation. Then let the two figure out who they are and what they are each doing. Then suggest that they need to protect their turf. Turn them loose and watch the fireworks. That is what happens in this movie and it is quite interesting to watch.  If that weren’t enough Stacia, a streetwise tough woman, is tossed between the two serial killers who of course begin to battle for rights to kill her. Then to top things off, there is a wonderful plot twist at the end that just wraps the whole movie up in a nice tidy scare package for you to take home.

Although the plot is excellent, delivery is just good. There are a few holes and things that just don’t make a lot of sense. And a couple of things the killers do aren’t explained very well but, with only an hour to tell the story you can see how that might happen.

Balk, Kole and Moriarty all did wonderfully in their roles. Moriarty did particularly well as a psycho killer truck driver.  Most of the supporting cast, which seemed very new, did a fair job.

Camera work, special effects, sets and stunts were all nicely done with nothing really exciting taking place. Not the best Masters Of Horror entry but worth watching for sure.

This one had some nudity, a fair amount of violence and foul language, and a liberal spread of blood and gore. Save it until the younger teens have closed their eyes for the night.

Released: 2006
Reviewed: 12.21.15
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Horror, Slashers and Serial Killers, Cult Horror, TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Sci-Fi Horror

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