Wants to be both terrifying and funny and does not succeed fully at neither, and its villains are too caricatural to inspire menace. The beautiful and spooky first part sets enormous expectations that the demented revenge that follows never fully matches. Even so, a worthwhile crazy trip with plenty of striking imagery and gore.
Don't most failed musicians become serial killers or cult leaders? I'm just so happy that Cage connected with a good movie, though even his bad ones are pretty good. 'Drive Angry'. This movie is pretty funny and hallucinogenic when the blood isn't being splattered everywhere. I was so happy when I thought I heard a bit of 'Dopesmoker' toward the end, but it was just a ripoff.
I dug it. Don’t know why set in 1983. There’s not much “there” well maybe there is. But it’s just a real fun trippy watch. I happen to be a big fan of the cage and he’s absolutely awesome in this as he goes more berserker mode. It’s slow going but worth the first hour slog that is effective at building up something to make you care slightly when shit hits the fan. The kills are cool and the bikers are legit scary
Holy neonsploitation post-production flex, man. Do you like fonts?! Colors? Killer stylism? The Most and Best Nic Cage has ever been? (Doing epic oners screaming and crying in a bathroom before embarking on a murder spree?) This'll do ya. Could use: more overtly supernatural elements, as it teases but doesn't deliver. Send it back to hell (the 80s): the 'period' detail of villains being weirdly queer-coded. C'mon.
Ultimate midnight movie? Think of this like Hellraiser and Evil Dead/Army of Darkness mashup with the violence comically turned up to 11. Cage relishes the moment and overacts with aplomb throughout. One of those films I am not sure I wouldve enjoyed if not seen in theatres, so your mileage may vary. Great, violent fun. 4 stars
Honestly, I was expecting the monstrous bikers to be the big baddies, not the religious freaks. This was a trippy ride, full of neon colours and bloody moments. The casting of Nicolas Cage was pure genius. Cosmatos sophomore film proves he's a force to be reckoned with.