Monday, May 21, 2012

Dollar Store Cinema Returns from the Dead!

It's been awhile since I did a review of a movie, so I thought I'd start out with a little train wreck originally titled "Grasslands," but later, most likely to protect the guilty, changed its name to "Hex!" In this 1973 Western horror disasterpiece, two sisters, Oriole & Acacia (Cristina Raines & Hilarie Thompson) living alone in the back country of Nebraska cross paths with a group of wayward motorcyclists on their way to California. I'm pretty sure this movie was supposed to take place shortly after WWI as this bunch of "bikers" are WW I flyers riding their motorcycles across America in search of what they believe their generation lost during the war. California is their destination, but a pit stop in Nebraska proves to be a bad idea. For all of us! Among the notable bunch of wackos are Keith Carradine (Whizzer) and Scott Glenn (Jimbang). One last notable role is that of Billy, played by Dan "Grizzly Adams" Haggerty. Apparently Oriole uses Indian "magic" something. I really didn't pay much attention to what was going on when she was on screen as she's pretty easy on the eyes.
I think she was trying to protect them from the hoodlums, but they really weren't what you'd expect. They weren't killers or rapist or anything, just a bunch of whack jobs. At some point, the film tried to make Oriole out to be the "real monster," but even that didn't work because in the end (SPOILER ALERT!) she ends up riding off with Whizzer. And, if that wasn't enough of a WTF? ending, there's a Twilight Zone "twist" at the end that literally left me asking "W-T-Fuck?!" As a whole, this movie was nearly unwatchable, except for Miss Raines, of course. Most everyone in this movie went on to make bigger and better films. Cristina Raines, for instance, went on to make "The Sentinel," one of my favorite horror movies. I don't actually own this movie, I found it on YouTube. It's an hour and a half of your life you'll never get back, so you've been warned. One final thing about the dialog in "Hex" is that it's pretty well written...just poorly delivered. I think it's entirely possible to get a contact buzz off of this movie as it left me feeling a little dizzy and full of remorse. Ah, well, watch it anyway, what the hell do I know?
(Above) Miss Raines in "The Sentinel," a much better but nearly forgotten movie.


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