Lively, entertaining reviews of, and essays on, old and newer films and everything relating to them, written by professional author William Schoell.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


A pitiful victim (Sally Kirkland) strangled by psycho-killer
DOUBLE EXPOSURE (1983). Writer/director: William Byron Hillman.

Photographer Adrian Wilde (Michael Callan) has intense and horrible nightmares in which he is murdering his models and others. Then these killings occur for real. Is Adrian a psycho, or could it be someone else? Adrian receives succor from his disabled brother, B. J. (James Stacy), new lady friend, Mindy (Joanna Pettet of The Evil), and his shrink Dr. Curtis (Seymour Cassel). Pamela Hensley and David Young are two inept blow-dried cops assigned to the case, and Cleavon Little overacts a bit as their ferocious supervisor. Sally Kirkland [Coffee Date] is an audacious prostitute who comes to a bad end. Don Potter provides some fun as a stereotypical but likable gay associate of Wilde's. Double Exposure is a sort of slasher film that begins well enough, with an interesting cast and characters, but quickly degenerates into a dull, meandering, disjointed "thriller" that does little with its perfectly workable premise. As the protagonist, Callan [Mysterious Island] at least gives it the old college try, and the other actors are adequate. The only thing that stands out in the film is a genuinely imaginative murder scene that involves a trash bag and a rattlesnake! Jack Goga's music score does what it can to drum up some excitement in this snail-paced horror film.

Verdict: Seems as if it's five hours long! *1/2.

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