Directed by: E. Bruce Weiss
Starring: Jeff Henderson, Vicki Long, Jeanne Finnerty, Mike Shuster, and Basia Lubicz
Henry Thurman (Henderson) has escaped from some sort of institution -
either a mental hospital or a jail. He strangled a guard to death and is
now on the lam. He steals a car with two women from a local rock band
already in it - Bonnie (Finnerty) and Jane (Long). This liaison doesn’t
last long and soon he’s taken in by a kindly man, Carl (Shuster). His
wife Sara (Lubicz) doesn’t approve, because she’s seen on the news about
the manhunt, but Carl convinces her to stow away the sullen weirdo.
Thurman claims he’s just a victim of the government somehow, but that
could be just his paranoia and supposed schizophrenia talking. It all comes to a head in the woods as a savage mercenary is out for Thurman’s blood. Will he get it?
about your rarities. This basically-unknown film came out on the
ultra-obscure Boomerang label in the U.S. The man
responsible for this rare film is one E. Bruce Weiss, who directed,
edited and shot the film. It’s not a bad effort, especially as it’s
filled with many non-actors and was shot on a rock-bottom budget. But
the movie’s pace is beyond leisurely - it’s downright SLOW. Nothing much
happens and Thurman is not likable. Sure, Carl’s a heck of a dancer,
but it’s not enough to save the glacial pace.
Luckily, the film
is 83 minutes, not 100 as is stated on the box. It’s still overlong,
however. But then again, the unknown mercenary is put front and center
in the artwork along with the tagline “Everyone he meets becomes a
target. Everybody”, leading you to believe this is more action oriented.
Also the plot description on the back says it is fast-moving, so there
are many lies.
You’d have to be a pretty hard-core VHS collector
to have this one, or just stumble across it, as we did. Completists may
want to seek it out for it’s
oddness and rarity. Or fans of regional low-budget cinema may also be
It seems the film was shot in the Cincinnati area
and in rural Ohio. If anyone has any information about this film, please
write in today.
Comeuppance Review by: Brett and Ty