- Actors: Jayce Bartok, Henry Gibson, Lara Harris, Scott Lowell, Dick Miller
- Directors: Joe Dante, John Gaeta, Ken Russell, Monte Hellman, Sean S. Cunningham
- Writers: Dennis Bartok
- Producers: Akira Ishii, Christopher Tricarico
- Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Lions Gate
- Release Date: July 15 2008
- Run Time: 105 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- ASIN: B0018LX9SA
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Some formerly hot directors worked on, but don't bring a lot to, the various stories. Joe Dante (Gremlins) directed the scenes set at the movie studio and in the haunted house. Ken Russell (Women in Love; Altered States) makes a complete mess of a story about a starlet who gets breast implants that turn out to be livelier than she expected. Sean S Cunningham (Friday the 13th) directs a well told story about an American and his wife whose trip to Japan is a less than relaxing vacation. Monte Hellman (The Shooting; Two Lane Blacktop) contributes a story about Hollywood in the 1950's that strongly hints at being about reclusive director Stanley Kubrick. And John Gaeta, previously known for his work on special effects for films such as The Matrix, directs an incredibly bad story about a young woman and the parasite that grew in the womb beside her when she was a baby.
Performances are all over the place. Most of the actors are fairly wooden, although in their defense the writing is amateurish and they had little to work with.
Worse yet, the film has a split personality. Horror movie one minute, then very soft core porn, then back to horror again. It's like watching TV late at night with a defective remote that switches between Chiller and Cinemax After Dark at random.
It was good to see a couple of familiar cases in the cast, both of whom deserve better: Henry Gibson from Laugh-In and John Saxon. Acting is like any other job: you go where the work is.
This is a satisfyingly sexual horror anthology with a glitzy glittery Hollywood bouquet with notes of Eat, Starry Eyed, Mulholland Drive and even Inland Empire. While not quite as potent as, say, a Little Deaths, they have in common sleazy, shadowy, lurid, sexually mature anthological flavor; on the other hand, it has a robust Chaucerian cohesiveness that Little Deaths lacks—like Cantebury Tales or even more Neil Gaimen's graphic novel Worlds' End, part of the Sandman series that deserves a cinematic uncorking sometime soon after Sandman's scheduled cinematic debut and are you not FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT THAT? but I digress. I invite you to enjoy this delectable anthological mélange.