1 July 2003 | RitchCS
Even Allen Smithee would die of shame!
It was very brave and admirable for Richard Chamberlain to come "out", but surely he would have waited if he had known Wolfe was going to release this horror of a film. I knew the film was in trouble when James Merendino refused to take credit for the direction...a la Allen Smithee, the pseudonym for anyone too ashamed of his contribution to a motion picture. Some of the dialogue WAS good, I have to admit...but I was so distracted by the cinematography. I rushed to IMDB to see what other movies Thomas Calloway was credited for filming only to find his genre WAS horror movies...so in essence, it made sense that he should direct this film as well. However, it must have been the first time anyone ever let him use a dolly. It became as a Disney World ride as we kept jumping up and down...and then, the "ART" shot, where he opened a scene of Richard Chamberlain on the bed while we, the audience, were viewing him through a close-up of Michael Imperioli's navel pubic hair. God! How bold! Then the editing. Esther Russell must have edited the film in her brand new Cuisinart food processor, as there was absolutely no continuity whatsoever. The whole film was made like a hundred individual scenes and spliced together at random. No one with a humongous imagination could ever believe that Michael Imperioli would have ever been Richard's boy toy...let alone, James Duval, who must have been twelve years old when Richard gave him AIDS. There must've been miles of deletions in the floor of Ms. Russell's kitchen, otherwise, why would an Oscar nominated actress as Talia Shire take a role of one minute screen time with less than 20 lines? The entire movie is an embarrassment. Richard Chamberlain's over the top acting is not matched by any of the other players, which makes him look like a Christmas ham. And the music...dear God, the music! The score was made up of everyone in the cast's favorite all time LP's. If you are a fan of any member of the cast, PLEASE DO NOT SEE THIS FILM! I am a big fan of Chamberlain, Duval, and Imperioli, but I wish I had never rented this film to see how low their careers had withered to make this movie. Richard should have removed his name also, and used "Vince Edwards" instead.