|FREEWAY MANIAC (director: Paul Winters; screenwriter: Gahan Wilson; cinematographer: Ronald Vidor; editor: David Marsh; music: Greg Stewart; cast: Loren Winters ( Linda Kenney), James Courtney (Arthur ), Shepherd Sanders (Burt Overman), Wayne Armstrong (Roscoe), Donald Hotton (Steven Day), Jeff Morris (Ray), Robert Bruce (Terry), Frank Jasper (Mannie); Runtime: 94; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Loren and Paul Winters; Media Home Entertainment (Cannon Films); 1989)|
|"Its best trait is that it's
by Dennis Schwartz
thriller, with a misleading title. It's directed
without great insight by Paul Winters ("Red
Blood"/"Cowboy Zombies"/"Nate and the Colonel") as a
spoof on the making of low-budget sci-fi films. It's
written in a tongue and cheek manner by Gahan Wilson.
opens with a kid spying on mom making love with her
lover on the kitchen table. When mom catches him and
yells at him for being a pervert, he slays mom and
lover-boy with a kitchen knife. Sentenced to a long
prison term in an asylum Arthur (James
Courtney), he escapes, a number of
years later, by overwhelming a new orderly and killing
him and then kills other staff who get in his way.
When the car of aspiring actress Linda Kenney (Loren
Winters) breaks down on a desert road while she's on
her way to a casting call for a sci-fi flick, she
encounters Arthur in a garage and overcomes him.
Arthur is sent back to the institution. Meanwhile,
because of the good publicity over the capture, the
movie producer decides to cash in on her newly gained
fame by hiring her for a lead part. But it doesn't end
there, as the crazed Arthur is seeking revenge and
escapes again. He finds the desert set of Linda's film
and begins killing off both cast and crew.
a hoot is that this rubbish low-budget flick has the
gall to mock low-budget flicks without looking at
itself in the mirror.
best trait is that it's unintentionally funny.
REVIEWED ON 4/9/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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