Peter "the Doll Maker" Harris returns to his ancestral family home after being released from the state's hospital for the criminally insane - a "cured" man. Once inside the old house, ... See full summary »
The line between good and evil becomes blurred as a death row inmate fights to maintain his sanity and escape the clutches of a deranged Warden and his sadistic guards. Based on the comic book mini-series from Alterna Comics.
Bill Oberst Jr.,
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Rita is a tough narc cop with a wig for every occasion. Outside a drug heist scene with several bodies and a hardly cut fatal drug, Fatal Beauty, she finds a Kroll Construction van with a dead Kroll employee in it. Who is Kroll?
Upon his release from prison, Fish is brought to an abandoned restaurant by his old associate, Duke, to celebrate his newfound freedom. However, there's unfinished business that Duke is determined to solve.
After an accident leaves hated business tycoon Frank Reynolds in a vegetable-like state, his family and key employees gather at his English country house to decide the fate of his estate, ... See full summary »
The prop in the opening of boom shows that serious effort was made. Management and focus on the overall compilation seems to be less than deserved. I admit i wasn't compelled to give the shorts equal attention.
"Bite" was my main interest. The acting particularly in this piece was very poor, but don't think the actors deserve the blame; or necessarily the director. Instead, probably some better storyboarding of the news sequences would have made the difference, so that the lead's lines were even executable. Having live actors interact with prerecorded bits is doable if the flow makes some sense, but I have a feeling there was last minute introduction of lines. The two elements, reporters and and leads, as written, looks down right impossible; if it was re-cut, or written this way, nothing an actor could do could fix it. A rough idea, complex like this, needs refinement, or else asking an an actor to attempt to interpret it is torturous; there's the real element of dread in "Bite". Its in the actors faces; in shock at being expected to carry the weak writing.
I enjoyed the creativity in the rest of this assortment. I knew not to expect an expensive producyion. I like B moviesif the concepts are original & worthwhile. Some of this has that, but not most.
Bottom line for me is that too much of the artistic execution is lacking and a producer who is tasked to ensure a basic finished product must know that elements of this work are in rough draft stage, not final writing, acting, or special fx takes. Apparently though these shorts were pulled together but were meant to stand on their own. But as a DVD it feels like something sewn together out of discarded items in the Munster family's Halloween closet, more oddity than integrated costume.
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