|THE JAR (director: Bruce Toscano; screenwriter: George Bradley; cinematographer: Cameron MacLeod; editor: Bruce Toscano; music: Obscure Sighs; cast: Karen Sjoberg (Crystal), Gary Wallace (Paul), Robert Gerald Witt (Jack), Les Miller (Old Man), Dean Schoepter (Young Man); Runtime: 85; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Bruce Toscano; MagnumEntertainment VHS; 1984)|
low-budget, weird, sci-fi/horror film, that
remains obscure for a good reason--it stinks."
by Dennis Schwartz
A low-budget, weird, sci-fi/horror
film, that remains obscure for a good reason--it
stinks. Parts of it are in b/w. Photographer Bruce
Toscano directs, in his only attempt at
Wallace) gets into a car accident and brings
home the old man (Les Miller) from the
other car he hit. The old man is nuts. He possesses a
large jar he keeps in a brown bag. Before Paul can
take a look if the man is hurt, he vanishes but leaves
behind his jar. Paul is curious, so he opens the jar
and finds inside a fetus-like creature staring
back at him. This brings on scary hallucinations. As
days zip by, Paul loses track of reality. Whenever he
tries dumping the jar, it keeps coming back to him.
Paul feels he can only be saved by his beautiful
neighbor, Crystal (Karen Sjoberg), or
else he will go nuts like the old man.
gist of the movie, with honest attempts to become
arty, has Paul hallucinating over such things as blood
rising from his bathtub drain and at a park he
imagines a little girl releases a balloon
into the air and then they hold hands.
pic is doomed because the screenplay by George Bradley
is a dud, the acting is terrible and the narrative is
This one is strictly for the viewer who craves really bad horror films. I realize how bad this 'possessed by the Devil' flick is, but I've seen worse.
REVIEWED ON 2/24/2016 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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