Wings Hauser builds a hallucinogenic house of horrors in this bloodcurdling thriller! Alice is experiencing a breakdown. Her cold, unsympathetic husband is cheating on her. She is having vivid psychotic nightmares and the only thing keeping her happy is setting up house in her newly-acquired country estate. But the home -- and her shattered nerves -- are in need of repair. Until Alice discovers the perfect man for the job. In the delirious dead of night, a strange solitary worker (Wings Hauser - "Vice Squad," "Tough Guys Don't Dance") is inexplicably renovating her house.
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It's all pretty goofy but it's kept on point by Wings doing his thing. He's completely unhinged here from the first frame he shows up in. There's really no build up to him being crazy. I got no problem with that. All out Wings is a lot like all out Nicolas Cage or Christopher Walken. It's wildly entertaining and actually pretty darn good acting of the James Cagney variety.
The rest of the movie is decent enough. It's clearly Canadian despite them trying to hide it. They have too many denim jackets and mullets for it to not be Canadian. It's got some appropriately Twin Peaks / David Lynch like moments that don't quite make it all the way but that has more to do with David Lynch's particular tastes than the failure of the film makers. I'd still have preferred Sherilyn Fenn to be honest.
Most importantly, Wings hair gets properly crazy. Walken and Cage level crazy. I hope some day that Wings gets his proper due or some sort of retrospective. I know most of this has been kinda cheeky but he's actually a great actor who brings energy and sense of fun regardless of the role he's playing to any production no matter how bad it is. Few actors are that dedicated.
That said, it's not the greatest movie. It's boring about sixty percent of the time. The special effects are cheap. This is all for the camp value of Wing Hauser's performance. I'd say if you're a collector, buy it, if you're curious but not a hardcore old school horror fan, rent this before buying.
For a slasher, this has a ghost story, a romance sub-plot, and of course, a crash course in home building. Good, but not great. Fun, but not a knee-slapper. This movie gets a big "It's just okay."
THE CARPENTER is an oddball little horror film of the 1980s given a new lease of life on DVD by Code Red. It's a cheap Canadian effort that nonetheless has a unique and odd little feel to it, a dream-like atmosphere you don't often see at this budget in this genre. The plot is reminiscent of TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY, albeit with a murderous slant. A crazy young woman moves into a house which is being renovated and soon encounters Wings Hauser, the titular character, who is doing up her basement. The only problem is that a) he's a ghost, and b) he's a murderer. A string of cheesy power tool-assisted death scenes follows, hardly convincing, but mildly amusing for the horror lover. The acting is of a variably standard but Hauser is fun in a kooky way and the running time is too brief for this to outstay its welcome.
I liked it.
I dont know what's scarier. I psychopathic killer or a person who is fine with a psychopathic killer!!
Fun to watch. A few good actors and some awful ones but the awful ones have bit parts.
Speaking of bits...