Thursday 20 September 2012
DVD review: Nightmare at Noon (1988)
A small town in the middle of nowhere. A cruel experiment. Average folks transformed into vicious killers. An albino villain (Brion James). A town sheriff (George Kennedy). An obnoxious entertainment attorney (Wings Hauser). And a cop on the run (Bo Hopkins). Nightmare at Noon is written by Kirk Ellis and Nico Mastorakis who also is the director. Plenty of really bad acting which gives plenty of opportunities for unintentional comedy. Have read that Wings Hauser had some serious ´problem with cocaine during the making of this and that might explain his shitty performance, remember this is the same guy who was excellent in the classic Vice Squad (1982). The cinematography and editing is decent. We get lots of guns, various uninteresting shootouts, stunts and couple of explosions. There is overlong and pointless showdown between two helicopters, it looks like the most expensive part of the film and is probably the scene that obviously consumed most of the budget. There isn't really any blood or gore in this, a few squibs but that´s and I wonder why do the crazed folks bleed green blood. There is no T & A in this.
This review is based upon the region all (Region 0) DVD release from Omega Entertainment and distributed by Image Entertainment.
Rating: 0½ out of 7. This wasn´t very good, actually it´s pretty dumb and unentertaining attempt at making a modern day western with influences from The Crazies (1973). It´s in desperate need of more gore and some nudity (I´m not saying that just because Kimberly Ross that plays George Kennedy´s daughter is a real hottie). The only good thing about this is the soundtrack by Hans Zimmer.