Special Effects (1984)
Genre: Drama | Horror | Thriller
Country: USA| Director: Larry Cohen
Language: English | Subtitles: English (Optuional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 106mn
Bdrip H264 Mkv – 1280×720 – 23.976fps – 2.19gb
Audio 2: Commentary with Director Larry Cohen
and Filmmaker Steve Mitchell
Reality and illusion collide in this thriller about a megalomaniacal movie director who murders a young would-be actress, then sets about making a feature about the deed, casting the dead woman’s clueless husband as the patsy, and finding a dead ringer to play the part of the dead actress.
Writer/director Larry Cohen, taking a break from his usual monster horror affairs like “Q” and “The Stuff,” expertly crafts a deliciously twisted and absorbing thriller which unfolds at a gradual, yet hypnotic pace, offers a fascinatingly cynical inside look at the film-making process, maintains a properly bleak and eerie tone throughout, and builds a reasonable amount of tension as it culminates in one doozy of a startling double whammy surprise conclusion.
Cohen gets a lot of intriguing millage out of distorting reality and astutely explores such weighty themes as the dangerously seductive allure of cinema, the manipulation of the truth, and American culture’s obsession with making stars out of nobodies. The acting is uniformly sturdy and impressive, with Tamerlis a particular stand-out in a demanding dual role. As a tasty added bonus, Tamerlis bares her beautiful body a few times. Paul Glickman’s glossy, glittering cinematography, Michael Minard’s shivery, flesh-crawling synthesizer score, and the gritty New York City locations all further enhance the overall sound quality of this spooky, unsettling, and underrated little pip.