|THE BANKER (director: William Webb; screenwriters: Dana Augustine/story by Dana Augustine, William Webb & Richard Brandes; cinematographer: John Huneck; editor: Patrick Dodd; music: Reg Powell/Sam Winans; cast: Robert Forster (Sgt. Dan Jefferson), Duncan Regehr (Spaulding Osbourne), Richard Roundtree (Captain Lloyd Hughes), E. J. Peaker (Renee), Leif Garrett, (Fowler), Jeff Conaway (Cowboy), Michael Fairman (Fred), Deborah Richter (Melanie), Juan Garcia (Eddie Garcia), Shanna Reed (Sharon Maxwell), Teri Weigel (Jaynie), Leigh Wood (Stephanie Jameson); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: R; producer: William Webb; Image/Virgin; 1989)|
|" It's too slasher film routine
to be great, but its central idea is a great
by Dennis Schwartz
weird cop/killer thriller directed and produced by
William Webb ("Party Line"/"Target"/"The
Hit List"). It's too slasher film routine to be great,
but its central idea is a great one. It's based on a
story by Dana
Augustine, William Webb & Richard Brandes.
Augustine writes the
LA musclebound and wealthy investment banker Spaulding Osbourne (Duncan Regehr) is bored. For perverse kicks, in his free time at night, he paints his face to look like a SA Indian and the predatory banker by day then goes hunting at night on a killing and mutilating spree of hookers using a laser-sight crossbow. The psycho believes in the SA blood gods and that he can't be killed and that his life mission is collecting souls. In other word, if you don't get he's nuts from his day job, you can't miss he's nuts from the way he spends his free time at night.
ex-Playboy-mate and future porn film star, Teri
Weigel, does a nude dance and is the film's first
Richard Roundtree plays the police captain who supervises the investigation of the killer.
killer is pursued doggedly by the divorced maverick LA
detective, Dan Jefferson (Robert Forster),
whose new partner is Deputy Eduardo “Eddie”
García (Juan García).
TV reporter ex-wife Sharon Maxwell (Shanna Reed) goes
on-air ranting about the unsafe streets because of a
homicidal maniac on the loose. She thereby gets a
promotion from her producer boss Fred (Michael
Fairman) and brings her anti-crime campaign to TV as a
news show anchor. Her ex-hubby frets she put herself
in danger, and they reunite in this time of danger.
Garrett plays the low-life pimp
feeding the hookers to the powerful banker.
Conway plays a pimp who to his detriment can't tell
the crazed banker the names of the Seven Dwarves.
crossbow murder of stripper Melanie
(Deborah Richter) gives the cops the big clue
they were hoping for.
cop procedural part bogs the story down and the tame
direction leaves the pic with little energy, but it
has an appeal to those who favor unique cult films for
the way it turns campy and the grotesque but appealing
performance by its possessed evil villain.
REVIEWED ON 6/4/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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