Recovering addict Michael Halloway has a tedious, low-paying job working nights at a gas station. One night he encounters the elegant Stuart Chappell. A writer supposedly researching underground Los Angeles. He offers Michael money to assist him, a virtual deal with the devil that could be Michael's one-way ticket to Hell!
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This film is a riveting ride with the devil, a fall from grace. There are no lost causes but one (but even that character stays true to his calling). The film is not for the squemish (I have to admit I could not look at some of the scenes). A real film for adults -- not for children or adolescents.
he has matured into one heck of an actor, displaying poise and confidence that the role calls for. If the underbelly of L.A.
is not too harsh or weird or sick for you, do check out this film.
I saw this movie for sale and was intrigued, and being a teenager I thought it looked as though it would have some titillating content, which of course was an attraction. I was a pretty innocent kid though, and of course the crazy content was a bit of a shock but I found the film fascinating. The thing that really makes this movie special is that the director clearly is a moral person and is making a comment on the evils of society. Like Michael under the fluorescent glare of the Snack Shop, Mr. Eaton the writer and director captured the insanity he saw all around him. The Job speech is a marvel, and not only does it make an interesting comment on the present period but also proved to be quite prophetic in the sense that further on into the 21st Century, morality really degenerated. In some ways an opposite Job situation, people were morally tested, given everything, technology, the pleasures of the flesh, drugs, alcohol, but all it did was serve to darken the hearts of people and cause them to forget God.
A pleasant flood of memories come to mind when thinking of this film, being a teenager and watching it at night, eating popcorn and drinking soda, sharing it with others. The lead actors are quite good and the colorful characters filling the smaller roles are a delight as well: Brad Dourif is someone who provides a nice perspective as a figure of sanity in this cesspool and someone who seems quite different than his surroundings, Frederic Forrest is hilarious in a cameo as a drug dealer. The music is just wonderful. The director has a great visual style, and is clearly influenced by greats such as Martin Scorsese. Of course God is the main reason I was able to keep my integrity, as Job did, but I think seeing films like this and Auto Focus at a young age kept me away from sin, when many disappeared into the shadows, conforming to society. And that's about as high a compliment as one can give a film.