Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Night Visitor (1989)

"Demons. Hookers. Ritual killings. Billy has a very vivid imagination. But what is real and what isn't? Only Billy and his teacher know."

Synopsis: High school student Billy Colton (Derek Rydall, "Phantom of the Mall" & "Popcorn") is spying on his sexy neighbor (Shannon Tweed, 1982 Playmate of the Year) one night when he witnesses her being murdered by a man in a robe and a demonic mask. Billy recognizes the man as Mr. Willard (Allen Garfield, Beverly Hills Cop 2) his unpopular history teacher, but the police do not believe him because he has a history of pranks.

My Thoughts: What we have here is a total "Fright Night" rip-off from producer, turned first time director, Rupert Hitzig. Oh wait, they did replace the vampires with a pair of satan worshipping brothers (played by Allen Garfield and the always weird Michael J. Pollard). IMDB has this movie listed as a comedy/horror, but I don't think the comedy was intended. Don't get me wrong, this movie is funny. The problem is there aren't any real jokes. It's the horrendous acting that makes this movie fuckin' hilarious. If anybody ever questioned why the lead actor, Derek Rydall disappeared from the acting world, all they have to do is catch a glimpse of this long-lost gem.

The strange thing is I sorta got a kick out of this goofy shit. I don't know what did it for me. Was it the horrible acting? ...the clueless directing? ...the ridiculous storyline? ...the unbelievably bad fight scenes? ...the corny 80's pop music?

Wait, I know what it was. It was the ending. After our hero saves the day, he finally gets the girl. He drives up to her house where she's sitting on the front steps with her dog, she jumps into his arms and they kiss. They get into his car and ride off into the sunset (with big stupid grins out their faces), both waving to the dog who is left alone on the steps. The End. An ending that truly has to be seen to be appreciated.

My Rating: 5 / 10

Overall, it's pretty fun in a fucked up kinda way and it never gets too slow or boring. Get it from Netflix and watch it with friends ...drunk friends.

"click here to see the trailer"

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