Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Satellite Disruptions: Run...If you Can! (1987)

Run...If You Can! (1987)
Rating: ***
Starring:  Martin Landau, Yvette Nipar, Jerry Van Dyke

Kim Page is a college student who agreed to house-sit for a family friend, who turns out to be filthy rich and owns an expensive villa. Excited for the stay at first, things suddenly went for the strange and disturbing when the house's satellite TV picked up a broadcast of what seems to be a pornographic snuff film. There was already a string of unsolved murders around town and Kim began to suspect that this broadcast's somehow connected. By the time the cops were called in and convinced, it might be too late for Kim as someone working on the films is plotting to silence her forever, and too anybody else who gets in the way.

Another rarity of a horror movie, Run was a direct-to-video affair that dabbled in Hitchcockian witness thrillers with a slasher-inspired final act. It's generally sleazy thanks to the softcore porn-esque nature of the (though nothing that graphic, may it be the sex or the actual killings) and much of the focus was more on the semi-predictable mystery of who's behind the snuff operation and too if they will be caught for this.

This said, those looking to try this rarity should wary that this isn't your typical bodycounter as it resembles more of your old school 80s TV thriller with an added bonus of boobies; the pacing is a real slow-burner and some cheese were slightly smothered over the plot and performances but overall, it is entertaining with its simplicity, workable stalking scenes, intriguing whodunit, and some great B-grade material such as Martin Landau and Jerry Van Dyke as a pair of friendly-rivaling detectives who decided to look into Kim's case for a possible lead.

Nothing too great but Run is a fun watch for what it is, a simple horror thriller long overshadowed by bloodier and trashier titles of its time. If you do get the chance to see it, don't expect too much and you might just do okay with this obscurity.

1 female found murdered
1 female smothered with a pillow
1 female smothered with a pillow
1 female smothered with a pillow
1 female smothered with a pillow
1 male hit by a car
1 female smothered with a pillow
1 male knifed to death
1 male shot to death
Total: 9

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