Sunday, May 21, 2017

Movie review - "Hard to Die" (1990) **

A film so endearingly dopey I wish it was better. There's a really fun back story to it's filming - Jim Wynorski made it in mega quick time to take advantage of some sets which were about to be torn down, and basically remade Sorority House Massacre II... only set in an office complex, and had it be a lingere factory to justify the cast running around in underwear.

Many of the same cast returned, including that girl with the British accent. The story is the same, which isn't necessarily a plus since the original story wasn't that strong. It has to be said, though, that the plot does provide excuses for the female leads to take showers, run around in lingere, get killed. I wish they'd used the subplot about the investigating cop more, or fleshed out (if you'll excuse the pun) the characters more.

Also the film goes on these little detours which sound more interesting than what we're watching - for instance, the bit where they're making a sex film, and Wynorski has a cameo as a director... I would've loved for these people to be characters/victims - to have seen more of these instead of the dull old cop.

But it's hard to dislike the movie - it's done with such high spirits, and a killer who actually tries to help and keeps being killed.

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