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", Australian model Marilyn O' Connor who's a Marilyn Monroe look-alike. Though friendly towards him, Marilyn accidentally forgot a date she and Eric's supposed to have, which triggers him homicidal and killing off those who he deemed oppressing him, starting with his aunt and eventually working his way through the rest.
Fade To Black (1980) 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 attempt 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 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 to a mean-spirited turn by the time he starts his murders. The only time the movie may have garnered our attention for his plight was during the finale atop Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, wherein Eric was at the lowest of his psyche and more or less a wreck. Sadly, this comes in too late and it's kinda difficult for us to care for him at that point, and we're likely just watching out of interest to see how will it end for him by then.
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 looks 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 against each other, but rather it targets those who want their horror films 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