Monday, September 26, 2011
"TOP OF THE WORLD, MA!" :Fade To Black (1980)
Starring: Dennis Christopher, Tim Thomerson and Gwynne Gilford
Things went differently for Eric one day when he met the "love of his life", a Marilyn Monroe look-alike and Australian model Marilyn O' Connor. Though friendly towards him, Marilyn accidentally forgot a date she and Eric was supposed to have, which triggered him homicidal and killing off those who he deemed oppressing him, starting with his aunt, and eventually works his way through the rest.
The direction for Fade To Black tries its best to have its audience relate to to its main character; Eric's a loner and a misfit, with no true distinctive likable trait upon the norms of society, but he does tries his best to fit in. The movie ventures into these depths and forms a creative look into the mind of an immature and deranged character, although the problem comes when we begin to see that Eric is not all that sympathetic or comfortable enough to root for since his personality is pretty selfish, hollow and rude, coming in to a mean-spirited and dark turn by the time he starts his murders. The only time it the film gathered our attention for him was during the finale atop Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, wherein Eric is at the lowest of his psyche, coming in too late in the movie for us to care for him, but had us watching out of interest to see how will it end for him.
Apart from that, the movie's just watchable in the sense that it perfectly juggles its drama-thriller and horror tones, with a well-paced story that looked professionally done without exploiting its subject. With little gore and T&A, Fade To Black may not appeal much for those who are looking for splatter and hot bods rubbing on each other, but rather, it targets those who wants their horror film with some bit of thought, so long as they can look pass its cheesiness.
1 paraplegic female pushed down the stairs
1 female trips and impaled neck first to a wooden fence
1 male shot to death
1 male suffers a heart attack
1 male shot to death with tommy gun
1 male repeatedly shot, falls to his death