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Overall Rating

Awesome: 6.25%
Worth A Look: 37.5%
Just Average56.25%
Pretty Crappy: 0%
Sucks: 0%

2 reviews, 4 user ratings

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by Rob Gonsalves

"See it for Mark Hamill going nutzoid."
4 stars

Showtime presented this uneven anthology initiated by John Carpenter (who hosts, in Rick Baker make-up) and directed by him and Tobe Hooper. It may be Carpenter's project, but Hooper steals the show.

The first segment, "The Gas Station," finds Carpenter solidly back in Halloween territory. Alex Detcher stars as a college student spending her first uneasy night working the late shift at the titular joint. Robert Carradine is her boss, who ... Never mind. If you can't figure out what he is within five minutes, you don't know this genre. Carpenter has a ball with the minimalist set-up, though too much of it depends on the woman acting stupid (also a genre standard). Still suspenseful fun.

"Hair," also helmed by JC, is kind of dumb, like an outtake from Creepshow 3. Stacy Keach, though, gives a funny performance as the vain hero, who can't stand the thought of going bald. In desperation, he visits a mysterious hair-restoration clinic run by David Warner. As a rule of thumb, don't go to any clinic run by David Warner, especially if the nurse is Deborah Harry. Some nifty animation involving vicious hairs (!) doesn't compensate for the flat ending. Sheena Easton does okay as Keach's lady love.

The stand-out is Hooper’s piece, “The Eye,” as unsettling as anything he’s directed, though it’s essentially yet another riff on The Hands of Orlac. Mark Hamill is great as an up-and-coming baseball star who loses his right eye in a car accident and submits to an experimental eye transplant — which, as it turns out, comes from a particularly unsavory donor. Hamill is completely convincing as he hallucinates, flips out, quotes obsessively from the Bible, and terrorizes his wife (Twiggy). The climax would’ve been perfect if Hamill had delivered the line allegedly cut from X - The Man with X-Ray Eyes: “I can still see!” Those who dis Hamill as a bland actor with only Luke Skywalker in his range need to see this (and to hear some of his voice work as the Joker on Batman: The Animated Series).

'The Gas Station': Worth a look. 'Hair': Just average. 'The Eye': Awesome. That averages out to four stars.

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originally posted: 04/03/07 23:01:51
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User Comments

6/02/04 Angel Mixed quality, gruesome in places. Hamill & Twiggy are great together. 3 stars
4/10/04 American Slasher Goddess Middle of the road for Carpenter, and entertaining. 3 stars
1/03/03 Jack Sommersby Good, dumb fun. 3 stars
6/18/02 Charles Tatum Carpenter scores in front of, and behind, the camera 5 stars
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