Mind Games (1989)

Bob Yari has produced plenty of films, but only directed two — this one and  Papa: Hemingway in Cuba. I’ll have to add this movie to two of my potential Letterboxd lists: the films of Maxwell Caulfield and movies where psychopaths engage with RVs. So, basically, the first list has this, Empire Records and Prey of the Jaguar; the second has Race with the DevilThe Hills Have Eyes films, Hitcher in the Dark and The Toybox.

Yeah, I have some time on my hands.

Rita (Shawn Weatherly, Police Academy 3: Back in TrainingBaywatch) and Dana Lund’s (Edward Albert, Galaxy of Terror) marriage is in shambles, so to try and save things, they decide to go on an RV excursion to California with their son. Along the way, they pick up the flute playing, husband cucking Eric (Caulfield), a maniac who brings their son along as he vandalizes houses and threatens people’s lives.

I kind of love any movie that mixes happy-go-lucky music video sequences with moments of sheer terror, plus has some moments where the characters are some of the most moronic people you’ve ever met ever. Also, any film that has Maxwell Caulfield dragging a small boy along to bang on doors and do a bad Nazi impression while he screams, “It’s the Gestapo!” is a movie that I’m genuinely proud to have in my collection.

If that’s not good enough for you, this movie completely rips off Bruce Hornsby and the Range’s “The Way It Is” for its main theme. Also, whiskey is suggested as medicine for depression, which is pretty much right on brand for me.

You can buy the blu ray of this directly from MVD. It’s also available on DVD, if you don’t want all the bells and whistles.

DISCLAIMER: This movie was sent to us for review by MVD.

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