The Apostate (1998) from
Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|Yet another straight-to-video
with Dennis Hopper, who is starting to replace Eric
Roberts as the king of these things.
|San Juan is being terrorized by a killer,
a vicious beast who cuts up his victims and uses their
blood to paint the walls with brilliant expressionist art
laden with religious symbolism. Well, wouldn't you know
it, but the killer manages to kill the brother of a guy
who is both a priest and a genius artist, and is
therefore able to track the killer down by following his
brush strokes and his religious proclivities.
(except for Dennis Hopper) grade-c thriller with only two
women are completely naked, and offer clear and
prolonged full-frontals: Bridget White, as a
model, and Johanna Quintero as a wild party girl.
nudity: Brandon Williams is seen naked from the
presence of Hopper in an otherwise unknown cast.
know why they chose to structure it this way, but there
is no mystery at all. You know that Hopper is the killer,
and you know the priest is going to be able to track him
down. Hopper is kind enough to speed up the plot a bit by
actually coming to confession and telling the priest he
did it. And the priest is kind enough to speed it up even
more by having an uncle who is the detective assigned to
the case. Blah, blah .....
only mystery in the movie is introduced after most people
will have turned it off, thinking it was over. While the
rest of you were rewinding, I was watching the credits to
identify the naked people, and the police fouind another
murder after they already got Hopper. So who was it? A
copycat? Or was it the priest, a man with the potential
to become as deeply disturbed as Hopper, and a man to
whom Hopper said, "you want to be me, but you'll
never be me".
I don't really understand what
happened, but I don't care either. It's that kind of
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 5.4, although I can't imagine
why it is that high
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a D.
Creepy, but dull, movie. Might be worthwhile if
you just love Hopper. Otherwise, only worthwhile
for the beautiful nudity from two gorgeous woman.
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