G-Men From Hell
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The movie is strange and different, oftentimes very humorous in its delivery. Tate Donovan steals the show as agent Mike Mattress, whose nerdy glasses belie a pretty tough, buff agent. His delivery is dead on, as is William Forsythe as his partner Dean Crept, whose deadpan delivery is reminiscent of Jack Webb's Dragnet. Vanessa Angel is an appropriately dumb blond, and Kari Wuhrer is an appropriately not so dumb brunette. Add Gary Busey as a homosexual cop who suddenly disappears from the movie; Zach Galligan (Gremlins) as a by the book cop with no experience other than nepotism; Paul Rodriguez as Winfrid, the other hellish escapee; Charles Fleischer as the kindly doctor; Barry Newman as the murdered hubby; and none other than Robert Goulet who is surprisingly effective as Satan.
G-MEN FROM HELL was made on a shoestring budget, but it does well in capturing the flavor of the cult comic.
Based on an unfinished comic by Mike Allred, this film fleshes out and completes the original story. As Allred says in an interview on the disk, the film doesn't merely adapt his story, it enhances it. For readers familiar with Allred's quirky, snappy pop-culture world, this film will feel as comfortable as a pair of old slippers. Not only are the obvious elements there (Allred characters like Crept, Mattress, Dr. Boiffard--familiar to readers of Allred's Madman series--and an oddball superhero, The Cheetah) but, astoundingly, the film creates a look similar to an Allred comic. It's bright and colorful, with enough odd camera angles and movement that it completely captures the just-left-of-realistic feel of his work. The story and script capture that same Allred magic, humanizing the bizarre with gentle touches, like Cheetah-man's relationship with his loving wife/girlfriend/whatever. It's a moment that isn't expanded upon at the expense of the rest of the movie, but it shows us that this is a man with a complete life, not just a pointless, oddball fixture in a weird universe.
(Speaking of weird universes, this disk also includes Allred's own no-budget feature, Astroesque, which ties into his comic Red Rocket 7, as well as a CD from his band. I keep telling myself that maybe if I watch it just one more time, it'll make sense.Read more ›
You know it's great [stuff] when this many analytic terms can be used to describe a B-movie that actually works.
The G-men in question are Mike Mattress and Dean Crept, two characters who appeared in the Michael Allred created series Grafik Muzik, and in the easier to obtain Madman Comics. These days Mr.Allred has gained much attention for his work on X-Force and X-Statix for Marvel comics. His early comic effort is brought to life here, as much of the dialogue and plot is taken directly from the comics. This is a much more faithful adaptation than most comic based movies.
As a really cool bonus, there is also a commentary track with Mr. Allred and his wife, comic book colorist Laura Allred. To my knowledge this is the first time a comic book based film has had commentary with the comic's creators rather than the filmmakers. Very cool indeed.
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Funny but stupid. The viewer is watching this in little bits at a time. The players are overdrawn. It might be good for a film aficionado to sip on, reflectively.Published 4 months ago by Larry Strattner
I only care for FULL-SCREEN movies. I only watched the first few minutes.Published 5 months ago by Joe
One of those movies you think "has to get better" but never does. Totally stupidPublished 6 months ago by PhotoDan
delivery was quick and the dvd look and play perfect i will recomend it for everyone.Published on September 7, 2010 by desert hot springs
For the price of LESS than a trip to the movies, you can be bedazzled by Michael (Madman x-static) Allred. Read morePublished on November 26, 2006 by Perry Der