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Film writer and historian John Stanley
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Reviewed by Glenn Hopp on June 13th, 2007
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Not good. Stanley provides virtually nothing but lengthy, digressive biographies of all the participants in the film (including even the unbilled taxi driver who appears in the first scene for about seven seconds). He feels obliged to mention what seems like every single screen credit for the mainly unknown B-movie supporting people (for television work as well as for film). What's worse (to me, anyway) is the gosh-and-golly, kiddie-matinee style of presentation that he adopts, as if he's going to serve us ice cream and cake if we're good listeners to the whole hammy harangue. There's interesting photography (by Joe MacDonald) in the film and other aspects of plotting and direction here and there that could be appreciated and remarked on, but Stanley by-passes what's up on the screen in favor of what seems like every cringeworthy pun he can find (many on the last name of Vincent Price, who is also referred to as "the king of leer"). Please. Clearly, the aim here is to be cute, but I found it cheesy, hokey, embarrassing, saccharine, etc., etc.
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