Pierre David, Claude Héroux, Victor Solnicki (executive) for Canadian Film Development Corporation (CFDC), Filmplan, Victor Solnicki Productions
directed by Jean Claude Lord
starring Michael Ironside, Lee Grant, Linda Purl, William Shatner, Lenore Zann, Harvey Atkin, Helen Hughes, Michael J.Reynolds, Kirsten Bishop, Deborah Kirshenbaum, Elizabeth Leigh-Milne, Maureen McRae, Dustin Wahn, Neil Affleck, Damir Andrei, Dorothy Barker, Steve Bettcher, Walker Boone, Richard Brière, Terrance P.Coady, Dora Dainton, Sylvie Desbois
written by Brian Taggert, music by Jonathan Goldsmith
Michael Ironside has made a career out of okaying varied badasses. He was the
"third experiment" in Watchers, saving an otherwise horrible script
that was poorly adapted from the Dean R.Koontz novel, in which he played a subhuman
hit man. He was loathsome as Dominic, a fallen priest turning to serve the
antichrist in The Omega Code. He was an outraged and vindictive American
officer overseeing the Nazi War Crimes trials in the made-for-tv movie, Nuremburg, (in which he counts off as each condemned man is executed, giving a
grin of satisfaction as the trap door opens). He has played hardcases so many
times, it becomes difficult to keep track.
Once again, Ironside saves what would be a horrible movie otherwise, showing his capabilities even this early in his career. While a step downward for Lee
Grant, as a woman being stalked by a psychopath, Ironside steps upward in an
impressive role as the stalker.
This is a routine slasher film, riding the coat-tails of Friday the
13th, Halloween, and other bloodfests from that era, which seems like an eternity
and countless sequels ago now. In this, Ironside stalks Grant and only his
over-the-top nut-case performance keeps the movie from bombing.
Particularly chilling is when he slams his arm on a table full of broken glass
in order to badly lacerate himself and sneak his way past guards in the
hospital, where Grant has been placed. It hurts just thinking about it
even now. He of course does manage to make it to the emergency room, then slip
away to get at his intended victim, but of course he meets a violent end
before he can rub her out.
The film is basically boring fare except for Ironside as the perverse and
review © by Dale Pierce
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