Tobe Hooper's Night Terrors (1993) from ICMS
is from the same guy who once made "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", but
this flick doesn't even come close. It is so terrible that it is rated
2.5 in the IMDb, which I still find too high. The story takes place in
Alexandria, Egypt and deals with some ancient god on one side and on
the other side with things that supposedly happened to Marquis the
Sade in the 18th century but continue in the present. Robert Englund
plays both de Sade and his contemporary descendant. Then Genie comes
into town, played by Zoe Trilling, the daughter of a sort of born-again
Christian archeologist. Genie however is not a religious zealot and
goes into town wearing skimpy clothes and soon gets in trouble in a
marketplace where she has to be rescued by some good looking hunk.
|Genie then starts having fantasies about her rescuer and in her
dreams she sees him as this specimen of the homo equestris cockerectus
or the hard-on horseman if you prefer. At this point the supposedly frightening film has
already become completely ridiculous, certainly by this gratuitous
shot, and this is clearly not Robert Englund, as claimed by a reviewer in the IMDb. What is even more irritating is
the fact that although Zoe Trilling shows her big breasts and buns,
they are never clear, let alone a clear full frontal shot like the
horseman. Where's equality of the sexes when you need it?
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Both Englund and Trilling put in exceptionally bad performances.
According to the IMDb Zoe even quit acting and is now a teacher at the
American Ballroom Theater in NYC. I do hope she's better at dancing
than at acting. The plot is ludicrous and full of holes. Genie has to
be punished because she resembles someone from the past who pissed off
Englund, but finally he's punishing (two images of collage three
included especially for Hankster) her for something she had absolutely
nothing to do with as well. And then there's also a snakewoman, played
by Tamar Shamir. I'm still not sure what her role in the story was. If
by now you don't understand what I'm going on about, then you have
exactly the same feeling I had after watching this flick.
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDB readers say 2.5 of 10.
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
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