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hexed (1993)

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Commentary 1: Screenwriter/director Alan Spencer Rating:8.7/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on June 10th, 2013:Find all reviews by frankasu03
I was turned on to Alan Spencer when a friend recommended "SledgeHammer," the '80s Cop comedy that Spencer created. It was a brilliant sendup of the TV Cop genre, and you could see the comedic genius behind-the-scenes. His 4 tracks on that DVD set are gold, and this feature long track for "Hexed" is just as good. For nearly 93 breathless minutes, Spencer goes into every facet of feature film-making. He addresses every obstacle: test screenings, budget and location constraints, and provides wonderful stories about the participants on the screen. "Hexed" ended up being marketed as a "spoof" of the femme fatale pics that populated this time in cinema (Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction, for example). But, Spencer really was aiming for a "Dark Comedy" about how murder complicates every relationship. The writer/director has many influences, including Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman, and Bill Shakespeare. Particularly engaging are his accounts of test screening his first picture. Many "High brow" jokes were eliminated in favor of "low brow" hijinx and slapstick. A joke referring to an Apartment "2B or Not 2B," was cut because producers thought the "target" demo wouldn't get the reference. Scary, huh? Also, Anthony Perkins turns out to be a big fan of Claudia Christian's performance in "The Hidden." This track has amazing range on all subjects, and Alan is equally adept at making the listener laugh out loud, with his non-sequitor and (often political) commentary. A real treat, that is so chock full of "infotainment," you might have to listen 2 or 3 times to get it all in. Awesome Stuff.