|HIGHWAY TO HELL (director: Ate de Jong; screenwriter: Brian Helgeland; cinematographer: Robin Vidgeon; editors: Todd Ramsay/Randy Thornton; music: Hidden Faces; cast: Chad Lowe (Charlie Sykes), Adam Storke (Royce), Patrick Bergin (Beezle), Kristy Swanson (Rachel Clark), Gilbert Gottfried (Hitler), Pamela Gidley (Clara), Richard Farnsworth (Sam), Anne Meara (Medea), Jerry Stiller (The Desk Cop), Amy Stiller (Cleopatra), Ben Stiller (Pluto's Cook), C.J. Graham (Sergeant Bedlam), Jarrett Lennon (Adam); Runtime: 94; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Mary Ann Page/John Byers; HBO; 1991)|
|"Spoofs the Orpheus
by Dennis Schwartz
Director Ate de
Jong ("Drop Dead
Fred"/"Left Luggage"/"Flight of Rainbirds") gets some
laughs as he spoofs the Orpheus legend in
this oddball horror comedy pic. It was filmed in
Arizona. The screenplay is by Brian Helgeland.
Teenagers Charlie Sykes (Chad Lowe) and
Rachel Clark (Kristy Swanson) elope to
Las Vegas. While on a back road, with
Charlie asleep, a Zombie Hell Cop (C. J.
Graham) grabs Rachel
and takes her with him in handcuffs. When discovering
his loss, Charlie learns from an old-timer gas-station
Farnsworth) that his girl was taken to
Hell. The rescue requires that Charlie pursue them in
his souped-up coupe on the highway to Hell, and get to
her within 24 hours before the Devil (Patrick Bergin)
can seduce her into becoming his mistress.
Steve Johnson FX and the animations are super. The
Tangerine Dream music is refreshing. The absurd script
is funny, as are the sly in-jokes. The atmosphere
created is pleasingly goofy. Even a young Adolph
Hitler (Gilbert Gottfried) makes
an appearance as a heavy metal guitarist. Which is
enough of a jolt to make one go into goose steps.
REVIEWED ON 6/5/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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