|DEAD MEN DON'T DIE (director/writer: Malcolm Marmorstein; screenwriter: from the play by Marmorstein; cinematographer: Tom Fraser; editor: Michael D. Ornstein; music: David C. Williams//Mark Koval; cast: Elliott Gould (Barry Barron), Mabel King (Chafuka), Melissa Anderson (Dulce Niles), Marl Moses (Jordan Penrose), Jack Betts (Alex Cavanaugh), Philip Bruns (Nolan), Robert Dryer (Mungo); Runtime: 94; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producer: Wayne Marmorstein; Academy Entertainment; 1990)|
|"The awkward horror film is a toothless parody on TV
news that is too childish to give it a
by Dennis Schwartz
So-so TV screenwriter Malcolm
Marmorstein ("Love Bites") directs and
writes this absurd comedy about arrogant TV newsman
Barry Barron (Elliott Gould), who
uncovers a major scoop on drug dealing at the
workplace and is rubbed out by the mob before he can
break the story The workplace cleaning lady (Mabel
King) brings him back to life through voodoo
chants. When the mob see him on TV, they tries to kill
him again backstage.
awkward horror film is a toothless parody on TV news
that is too childish to give it a second thought.
Gould stumbles along, playing it as slapstick and a
reminder of how his once promising career has all but
Anderson has the thankless part of Gould's co-anchor.
in one night and one day, almost entirely in one
REVIEWED ON 4/29/2016 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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