Rating: 2 stars
Seen 1 time
Seen on: 06/21/2011
Humans fight mutants in a post-holocaust world.
Length 97 minutes
In retrospect, it probably wasn’t a good idea to watch this after having watched Kurosawa’s Yojimbo and Sanjuro, as well as Malle’s Elevator to the Gallows, the day before. Pretty much anything is going to pale in comparison. However, my taste in movies is wide ranging, and I felt like some good old ‘80s post-apocalyptica.
What I got was possibly the worst movie I’ve watched all year. And I LIKE bad movies. Part of my hatred stems from the for-shit 4x3 print up on Netflix Instant Watch that looked like it was mastered directly from someone’s cousin’s friend’s mom’s VHS copy taped from late night TV. Considering the original is in 1.85:1 aspect ratio, this version was missing a lot.
Another portion of my dislike stems from the terrible sound. IMDB lists the original sound as being in mono and I can attest to the absolutely terrible quality that produced. Much of the dialogue sounds like it was recorded at a distance from the actors (what, no boom mikes available in Italy that week?), giving them a far-off “what the fuck did he just say?” quality. Seriously. Terrible.
Next up, the costuming was pretty meager too. Most of the characters looked like people I went to high school with, including their clothing. Given the subject matter and setting, I’d have thought they could have come up with something more outlandish, if not futuristic.
The vehicles, though limited in use, fared a little better, getting closer to the Road Warrior look they were derived from.
There are some pretty entertaining portions in the movie, including the opening scene, which features some of the strangest, homoerotic dancing I’ve seen come out of the ‘80s.
Director Sarafian and male lead Bruce Abbott are both still involved in movies, and actually both have had pretty long, successful careers in TV and film, amazingly. Abbott may be best known for his role in Re-Animater, which he did two years before this schlockfest.
If you’re brave enough to attempt a watch of Interzone, I’d recommend trying to track down a copy in the correct aspect ratio rather than watching the terrible print on NWI.