Saturday, January 2, 2010

Special Effects (1984)

Director: Larry Cohen

While not every Larry Cohen film I've seen is great, they are all interesting. Case in point, Special Effects is about a film director(Eric Bogosian) on the outs that kills someone in a fit of rage and then decides to make a film about the incident using the real people in the victims life playing themselves in his film. It's a very compelling concept and the movie never feels formulaic. I was never 100% sure where we were headed. Unfortunately, the acting sometimes leaves a bit to be desired, a few of the one-liners are corny, and there are some lapses in logic that can be frustrating, but it's still an certainly watchable.


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