Burglar from Hell
directed by Phil Herman
starring Bryant Sohl, Lungy Green, Edie Herman, Nancy Feliciano, Matt O'Connor, Ben Stanski, Barry Gaines, Angela Jackson, Zane Copper, Mario Rienzo, Steve O'Connor, Sean Lytl, Patrice Jackson, Barry Holmes, Paul Amerigo, Debbie D, Sharon Holmes, Theresa Cook, Alison Wilson
written by Phil Herman, music by Umbrasound, special makeup effects by Mario Rienzo
An old lady (Edie Herman) is attacked by burglar Frank the Tank (Bryant
Sohl), and even though she's no match for him physically, she manages to
kill him, and then buries the body in her own backyard before dying rom a
heart attack, taking the secret of the dead burglar in her garden with her
to her grave with her.
Years later: Trying to escape his possessive girlfriend Chris (Nancy
Feliciano) at least for a few days, Mike (Matt O'Connor) has rented the
old lady house together with his friends Jake (Ben Stanski), Conrad (Barry
Gaines), Conrad's girlfriend Token (Angela Jackson), and Rich (Sean Lytl),
basically to party, but they also want to witness Token, who's into the
occult, do some magic. The party's under no good star from the get-go
though as Jake and Rich have long decided to play an immature prank on
Token, Token's ex Weller (Zane Copper) wants to crash the party to get her
back, even if with force, and a girl (Alison Wilson) who just stopped by
for drinks tries to force herself onto Mike even if he knows he'll get in
trouble for it - and then, thanks to Token's dark magic, Frank the Tank is
revived, and he's mighty pissed and intent on cold-bloodedly killing
everyone in his way ...
In her first movie role, later cult fave Debbie D plays one of the
revived Frank the Tank's first victims.
Now of course, from today's a bit jaded point of view, early S.O.V.
indie movies like Burglar from Hell look first and foremost less
than perfect, and their low budget origins are a bit too palpable - but
that's not to say that this film isn't also lots of fun. Sure, the film
follows the slasher formula to the t, but it does so with quite a bit of
irony (without going all moronic or even parotistic), it has a very
relaxed feel to it that probably mirrors the on-set atmosphere, and Bryant
Sohl's Frank the Tank is a very memorable killer. In all, if you can
overlook some technical issues owed to the state of home video technology
of its time, this film is actually a lot of fun!