Shanks (1974)

PG   |    |  Fantasy, Horror

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A mute puppeteer uses a deceased scientist's invention to control dead bodies like puppets.

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  • Cindy Eilbacher and Marcel Marceau in Shanks (1974)
  • Philippe Clay in Shanks (1974)
  • Tsilla Chelton and Philippe Clay in Shanks (1974)
  • Tsilla Chelton and Philippe Clay in Shanks (1974)
  • Marcel Marceau in Shanks (1974)
  • Marcel Marceau in Shanks (1974)

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31 July 2010 | prentice-11
Hard to Watch
I am sure the cult followers of this film will not like my review, but that's partly what makes this film a cult classic--either you like it or you don't. Even with nothing else to do on a late Friday night, and a stiff drink, a bag of chips, and the need to escape from the cares of the week, I found myself flipping to other channels during the painfully slow segments of this film. The (un)editing and overall incredibly slow flow of this story made it a struggle to stay tuned in. If properly edited, it could have easily been a half-hour "Tales from the Dark Side." In fact, the quality of the shots and lighting made me convinced that it was a made-for-TV film.

All that said, it's interesting to see the movie once, as if it was assigned in a "70s film appreciation" class. But be prepared with something else to do--like sorting receipts for taxes, or playing solitaire.

You may find yourself yelling at the screen--"How many times does the editor have to cut back to his face? We've got the point! Now move on with the action!!!" and, "could he walk down that hallway any slower???" My favorite part of the movie was watching the great body movement of the actors who played the re-animated zombies. And it's funny that Marcel was NOT the best one of these!

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