Strange Frequency (2001)

Mary Lambert (Pet Semetary) and Bryan Spicer (McHale’s Navy) came up with this VH1 series, of which this movie was the pilot and also provided four episodes. Unlike Tales from the Crypt, which used the old comic books for inspiration or the morality plays of The Twilight Zone or Night Gallery, this show turned to rock and roll to create its stories.

The Who’s Roger Daltry serves as the narrator for this first go-round, which originally aired on January 24, 2001.

The first story, “Disco Inferno,” finds two rockers stuck within their own personal hell — a disco that never stops playing the music they hate. Penthouse 1992 Pet of the Year Brandy Ledford appears, as does That 70’s Show actor Danny Masterson.

“My Generation” has Danny’s brother Chris matching wits with Eric Roberts (here he is again) as two serial killers with deadly taste in music.

“Room Service” has a real rock star, Duran Duran bassist John Taylor, who is trying to destroy his hotel room but the maid always fixes it.

“More Than A Feeling” has Judd Nelson as a music producer who keeps breaking new artists who sadly die right after they find their success.

Sadly, the follow-up series only lasted ten episode, with “Daydream Believer” never airing. It was a good concept, if you ask me. But then again, I love anthologies, so put another dime in the Mystic Seer, baby.

Soul Survivors (2001)

Get ready for a drunk driving PSA that lasts 84 minutes, as Cassie (Melissa Sagemiller) gets in an accident that kills her boyfriend Sean (Casey Affleck) after a night of clubbing in a potentially haunted bar and a misunderstanding with her ex-boyfriend Matt (Wes Bentley). Oh yeah, Eliza Dushku is in this as well.

It all ends up being a dream in which the evil Deathmask, a scarred up dancer and a girl named Raven try to keep her from coming back to the world of the living. Luke Wilson also is in this as a priest who tries to help.

Writer and director Stephen Carpenter was also behind the movies The Dorm That Dripped BloodThe KindredThe Power and the TV series Grimm. I’d watch the first one of those before this, which Affleck has mentioned as one of the worst films he’s been in. Or watch Sole Survivor instead, which is the same idea done much better.

In the wake of Scream and Final Destination, I can see why this movie was made. The fact that I found myself compelled to watch it — I blame the gimmick-filled DVD — is an issue that I’ll have to deal with, hopefully with the help of dancing ghosts, a booming soundtrack with the Deftones on it and a kindly clergyman.

You can watch this on Tubi.

Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

It’s pretty amazing that this French-language film played cineplexes in the United States, but I saw it twice in theaters during its run and bought the DVD as soon as it came out. This is a film that I am evangelical about, purchasing numerous copies for people and recommending it to countless more.

How many other movies do you know that have incestual werewolves battling the martial arts of a royal naturalist and his Native American companion while Monica Belucci plays a courtesan who is really an assassin for the Pope?

Grégoire de Fronsac, a knight of King Louis XV of France, and his Iroquois friend Mani (Mark Dacascos) have come to the French village of Gévaudan. A mysterious beast has been killing people and seems to be controlled by a human master.

The truth is that the town — in fact the entire country — is consumed in a conspiracy to undermine the king of France. Somehow, this beast will help their cause, as the Brotherhood of the Wolf wants to restore God through blood and chaos.

Not many period pieces combine horror, martial arts and mystery all in one movie, but I’ve always found this combination to be perfect. There’s also an audacious shot of Belucci’s cleavage that transforms into a mountain range that is so ridiculous that I cheered in the theater.

This was based on a true story, as the Beast of Gévaudan was a wolf-like creature that killed 100 people in the Auvergne and South Dordogne regions of France from 1764 to 1767. Also, all od the primary characters, with the exception of Mani, actually were real people who lived during the time of King Louis XV.

Director Christopher Gans also made Crying Freeman, a Japanese anime adaption also with Dacascos, a 2014 reimagination of Beauty and the Beast (starring Vincent Cassel as The Beast, who — spoiler — is a member of The Brotherhood of the Wolf) and video game adaption Silent Hill.

There’s really no other movie like this. I’ve barely scratched the surface of it in my explanation, but that’s because I want you to discover it for yourself.

The Fast and the Furious (2001)

Twenty years ago — has it been that long? — Paul Walker and director Rob Cohen made The Skulls together. Cohen got a deal with producer Neal H. Moritz and Universal Pictures. Looking for ideas, he asked Walker what his dream action movie would be. The answer? A mix of Days of Thunder and Donnie Brasco. After a May 1998 issue of Vibe detailed New York City’s street racing scene, they had their film. All they needed was a co-star.

After Gone In 60 Seconds, Universal wanted Timothy Olyphant but they got Moritz’s pick instead: Vin Diesel, hot off the success of Pitch Black. And then, seventy-eight wrecked cars later, we had a movie. Any similarity to the D.B. Sweeney and Charlie Sheen film No Man’s Land — which came out thirteen years before — is surely coincidental.

LAPD officer Brian O’Conner (Walker) has gone undercover to infiltrate the gang that has been stealing from trucks and disappearing. He soon makes it into the gang led by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), who has been banned from pro racing after attacking the man who accidentally killed his father, but complicating matters is that he soon falls for Dominic’s sister Letty (Jordanna Brewster).

This movie was originally entitled Racer X (the name of the Vibe article), Race Wars and Redline, but then someone had the brilliant idea to ask Roger Corman if they could use the title of his 1955 film The Fast and the Furious. Getting paid again for a movie he already made? I can only imagine how delighted Corman had to be at the prospect.

This movie made stars of both Walker and Diesel. Waker would work with Ted Levine again — he plays one of his bosses here — in Joyride, while Diesel would refuse to be in the next few sequels to this movie.

This was a movie decimated by the critics. Actually it wasn’t until the last few movies that anyone would even admit they liked these. How times have changed.

Josie and the Pussycats (2001)

Who would expect that a big budget movie based on an Archie Comic and Hanna-Barbera cartoon would end up being a movie so willing to bite the hand that feeds and presents a world where the world of pop music is all one giant conspiracy to sell you things? While it’s selling you things, of course.

Yet despite being savaged by critics back and bombing at the box office at the start of this century, this movie feels more relevant today than nearly anything else that played theaters in 2001. It’s skewering of consumerism is, if anything, even more relevant today. And man, the songs are catchy.

Josie McCoy (Rachael Leigh Cook), Melody Valentine (Tara Reid) and Valerie Brown (Rosario Dawson) are the Pussycats, who have been selected to replace DuJour, the latest and hottest band, but also one who have learned that this is all a big scam on the kids. They pay the price when their plane goes down over Riverdale.

Now, Wyatt Frame (Alan Cumming) and Fiona (Parker Posey) have promised the one world government that her new band won’t need to be killed via drug overdose and will get the job done — or else Carson Daly will wipe them out on the set of Total Request Live.

There are so many products placed in this movie that it becomes virtual overload, yet none of them were paid for by the actual companies. They were all placed there by the filmmakers and there are around 73 different products in this movie.

Those songs I mentioned — that’s Kay Hanley from Letters to Cleo singing — make this movie even better.

Deborah Kaplan (who is married to Breckin Meyer, who has a cameo in this movie) and Harry Elfont wrote and directed this movie. They’ve worked together on plenty of other films, including A Very Brady SequelCan’t Hardly WaitThe Flintstones in Viva Rock VegasSurviving ChristmasMade of Honor and Leap Year. However, this would be the last movie they’d direct.

Box Office Failures Week: Freddy Got Fingered (2001)

Most of the time when I discuss movies on this site, I share how many Razzies the movie won. The celebrities who win these awards rarely show up and never dignify this honor. But not tom Green. When Freddy Got Fingered won Worst Screenplay, Worst Actor, Worst Film, Worst Director and Worst Screen Couple, Green rolled up on his own red carpet, wearing a tuxedo and riding in a white Cadillac. He said, “When we set out to make this film we wanted to win a Razzie, so this is a dream come true for me”. Then he played the harmonica until security dragged him offstage.

Nathan Rabin’s columns at the AV Club and his book My Year of Flops are a big reason that I began to write about movies. And if you read his review of Freddy Got Fingered, you’ll see some line — I hope — to what I try to accomplish here. There are some movies that got unfavorably mauled. And there are some movies that are just messes. But sometimes, a glorious mess is way more entertaining than a vanilla romcom.

Rabin refers to this movie as “both one of the worst films ever made and a movie so doggedly, singularly bizarre that it’s hard to believe it ever got green-lit. Studios exist precisely to keep films this audacious, original, and transgressive from ever hitting theaters.”

He also referred to it as “less as a conventional comedy than as a borderline Dadaist provocation, a $15 million prank at the studio’s expense.”

Bingo.

There was an NC-17 version of this movie that Green described as “porn with murder,” ending with a child being torn apart by a propeller. There was also a three-minute long PG version, as that’s all that made the cuts.

Yes, this is not a movie for everyone. Also, it’s nearly not a movie for anyone.

28-year-old cartoonist Gordon “Gord” Brody (Green) leaves his parents Jim and Julie (a manic Rip Torn and the always wonderful to see Julie Hagerty) behind to head off to Hollywood, leaving in the Le Baron that they give him and finding a job in a cheese sandwich factory. Literally, this Hollywood dream of being an animator lasts at least five minutes of the film, which is mostly a series of rapid-fire gross outs and go nowhere non sequiturs that redefine the word non sequitur.

Gord convinces the secretary (Drew Barrymore, one-time wife of Green) of animation CEO Dave Davidson (Anthony Michael Hall, now the inverse of his nerd personna) to give him a job. He doesn’t understand anything Gord shows him, like a bag of bloody eyes holding a balloon. In fact, he tells him, “It doesn’t make any sense. It’s fucking stupid. What you need here is elevation. There has to be something happening here that’s actually funny.”

I can only assume that these were actual studio notes on this film turned into some meta commentary on the nature of art.

Gord gives up on life, quits his job and returns to live with his parents. One day, while skating with his friend Darren (Harland Williams, who also made some movies that no one understood either like RocketMan), who breaks his leg while skating. At the hospital, Gord meets his dream girl, Betty (Marisa Coughlan, Super Troopers), a wheelchair-bound scientist nurse who yearns to create a rocket-powered wheelchair when she isn’t begging to have a bamboo cane smashed against her non-working legs and indulging in her love of fellatio. Yes, I just wrote that sentence.

As a result of Gord’s dad insulting Betty in a restaurant and the ensuing brawl, a family therapy session leads to Gord falsely accusing his father of fingering his adult brother Freddy (Eddie Kaye Thomas from the American Pie films). This ends up sending Freddy to a home for abused boys — despite him being in his mid-20’s — and Julie leaving Jim for Shaq.

Still with me?

Somehow, Gord goes back to Hollywood and pitches a show based on his relationship with his father called Zebras In America. It gets picked up after his father bursts into the office and tries to kill our protagonist. The million dollar payday is used to thank Betty with an elaborate romantic gesture — a speech set to “When A Man Loves A Woman” while a helicopter drowns out any noise — and moving his parents to Pakistan, where father and son are kidnapped for over a year.

Despite supposedly ruining Green’s career — cancer took him out of commission soon after the film* and he still does well as a stand-up to this day — this movie wasn’t a commercial failure. It earned $14,254,993 domestically — and $78,259 overseas, which is hilarious to me — and $24,300,000 from DVD sales. Green opined that his under 17 year old audience probably snuck into the film, so the real box office may have been even higher.

That said, the critics absolutely savaged this movie.

Roger Ebert gave the film a zero-star rating, as it was one of his most hated films of all time. He said, “This movie doesn’t scrape the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn’t the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn’t below the bottom of the barrel. This movie doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with barrels.”

But wait — what happened over the next few years to make Ebert reflect and say, “I remember Freddy Got Fingered more than a year later. I refer to it sometimes. It is a milestone. And for all its sins, it was at least an ambitious movie, a go-for-broke attempt to accomplish something. It failed, but it has not left me convinced that Tom Green doesn’t have good work in him. Anyone with his nerve and total lack of taste is sooner or later going to make a movie worth seeing.”

How many movies are you going to see where the lead cuts open roadkill to get inside it as if it were a tauntaun or delivers a baby by twirling it over his head? Not many.

To me, this movie is really an absurdist send-up of 2000’s gross out comedies. It’s a prank — a way to spend $14 million on something completely surreal. I can’t even imagine what the studio thought when they saw this. And yet it predates the Adult Swim and blip viral humor that the world of 2020 enjoys.

I love the names this movie enjoyed around the world, such as Freddy Leaves Home (Chile), I’m Eating Freddy (Hungary), Freddy Realized (Argentina), Fingers Playing (Finland, obviously taken from the “Daddy Do You Want Some Sausages” piano scene), Freddy’s Obscene Relationship (Japan), A Loose Guy (Poland), Freddy In Trouble (Portugal), Freddy You Go! (Russia), Extremely Fat Movie (Serbia), Freddy the Stupid (Spain) and — best of all — France’s Va Te Faire Foutre Freddy! (Go and Fuck Yourself Freddy!). This is only topped by Bulgaria’s Fucked Freddy.

For some reason, I love this movie. Maybe because it’s so bad. Perhaps because it was a middle finger from Green to the entertainment industry that suddenly had embraced him. Who knows — I think it’s because this movie simply was made, despite every reason in the world that it never could or should.

I also just realized that I wrote so many words about this movie and didn’t mention how many animal genitals are touched, fondled and played with in it. It’s gross the first time, repetitive the next few times and then becomes charming, if it can be, after that.

*The surgery Freddy watches is actual footage of Green getting a lymph node taken out due to testicular cancer.

Box Office Failures Week: Glitter (2001)

Mariah Carey went into this movie as probably the biggest diva on the planet, having emancipated herself from her first marriage to Tommy Mottola and her contract with Columbia Records to become exactly who she wanted to be.

She also pretty much lost her mind.

As she started the publicity tour for this movie, she’d leave long and rambling voicemails to her fans — her lambs, as she called them — on her website. And then there were the TV appearances. On BET’s 106 & Park, she hid behind pillows and claimed that she was living “one day that was continuous.” There was also the infamous TRL appearance on MTV,  where she emerged in a nightshirt giving away ice cream to the audience before discussing therapy and stripping on stage, ending with her yelling, “Mariah Carey has lost her mind!”

See — I told you.

By the end of the month, Carey was hospitalized for extreme exhaustion and had both a physical and emotional breakdown. The movie and soundtrack were delayed for a few weeks, then the attacks on September 11, 2001 happened. And no one wanted to think about music or fun or Mariah Carey going bonkers for a while.

I’m lying. I was ready for this trainwreck the whole time.

Carey herself said, “Here’s the thing that a lot of people don’t know, that movie was released on September 11, 2001 – could there be a worse day for that movie to come out? … I don’t even know that many people even saw the movie.” She’s since referred to the movie as the biggest mistake of her life.

Mariah is Billie Frank, the daughter of a 1970’s nightclub singer who once set their house on fire. She grew up in an orphanage with her two best friends, Louise and Roxanne (Da Brat and Tia Texada), but now all three girls are the backup singers to the host of Top Chef (Padma Lakshmi, the only person in this movie to probably has read The Satanic Diaries, much less be married at one point to its author).

Billie falls for Dice, a DJ who gets her out of her contract with Timothy (Terence Howard) for $100,000, an action that ends up costing him his life just as Billie is about to finally play Madison Square Garden. Man, I fast-forwarded the plot, but that’s pretty much it. Think A Star Is Born without all the crying in bathtubs.

As amazing a singer as Carey is, her five-octave voice does not translate to her ability to emote or carry the lead role. No one else is ready, willing or able to carry her. And look, I may be writing this in my sweatpants, but even I know that some of the fashions in this movie do anything but glitter.

Director Vondie Curtis-Hall — he’s also an actor, you may have seen him on Chicago Hope as Dr. Dennis Hancock — has mostly moved into TV movies about celebrities. Here’s hoping he goes meta and makes a Mariah film.

This movie has left me with so many questions. How old is Billie’s cat? It has to be at least twenty years old or longer. How did she and Dice learn how to telepathically write songs together? Why is no one interesting in this movie? Why did Ann Magnuson sign up for this? Why has the two-and-a-half hour length original cut never surfaced? Could Dice’s pants be any tighter? Are they perhaps his skin? And what’s up with that bicycle outfit that Mariah wears?

Glitter made $5.3 million on a $22 million dollar budget and the soundtrack album ended up being the worst selling record Carey released up until that point, so she was dropped from her Virgin contract, losing around $100 million dollars. Man — I can’t sleep and my total debt is so insignificant next to that amount. And I’ve never showed up and thrown ice cream sandwiches to Carson Daly yet. Maybe there’s hope for all of us. Thanks for showing us the way, Mariah.

Ape Week: Planet of the Apes (2001)

Mark Rosenthal and Lawrence Konner (The Legend of Billie JeanSuperman IV: A Quest for PeaceSometimes They Come BackThe Beverly Hillbillies and more) worked with The Polar Express and Cast Away writer William Broyles Jr.

After decades of trying to reboot the franchise, Tim Burton was able to get this script to the screen, even if nearly nobody was happy with the end results. Sure, it made money, but even the ending – spoiler, the Lincoln Memorial is now dedicated to General Thade and everyone on Earth is an ape — is the most nonsensical surprise ending of nearly all time.

Mark Wahlberg — the man who potentially could have stopped 9/11 — plays Captain Leo Davidson, a United States Air Force astronaut who opens a portal to another world and ends up captured by the apes sometime in the future of 5021.

After being captured, Leo and a female slave named Daena (Estella Warren) are bought by female chimpanzee Ari (Helena Bonham Carter), who brings them to work as servants in the house of her father, Senator Sandar (David Warner). Of course, Leo is destined to free the slaves and battle for freedom against Thade (Tim Roth, who turned down the role of Snape in the Harry Potter films to be in this movie) and Colonel Attar (Michael Clarke Duncan).

This is a movie packed with actor spotting opportunities, from Paul Giamatti as slave trader Limbo to Kris Kristofferson as Daena’s father Karubiv, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Shang Tsung!) as General Krull, Lisa Marie as Nova, Erick Avari (who has portrayed 24 different ethnicities in his career) as Tival, Glenn Shadix (who was the voice of the Mayor of Halloween Town in The Nightmare Before Christmas) as Senator Nado, Freda Foh Shen (the voice of the Chinese takeout in Hey Dude, Where’s My Car?) as Bon and cameo appearances by the two actors most associated with the human side of the original films. Charlton Heston plays Thade’s father Zaius and Linda Harrison appears as a slave.

The films looks great, the Rick Baker effects are amazing, but sadly the film has no soul. There was plenty of studio overinvolvement in the film and Burton was in the midst of ending his relationship with Lisa Marie and beginning a new one with Helena Bonham-Carter. When asked if he’d make a sequel, Burton replied, “I’d rather jump out a window.”

Planet of the Apes won Worst Remake at the 22nd Golden Raspberry Awards, while Heston (Worst Supporting Actor) and Estella Warren (Worst Supporting Actress) also won awards. For what it’s worth, Tim Roth had major issues with Heston and had no idea that the NRA spokesperson would be in the film with him.

Wahlberg would later say to MTV News, when the next series of reboots was released, “I haven’t seen it yet, but I heard it was pretty damn good. Well, ours wasn’t. It is what it is. Ours wasn’t. They didn’t have the script right. Fox Studios had a release date before Tim Burton had shot a foot of film. They were pushing him and pushing him in the wrong direction. You have to let Tim do his thing.”

One last weird thing: Two apes in fill makeup appeared on the August 6, 2001 of WWE Raw. They entered the building to the theme song of Kamala and brought gifts for Stephanie McMahon before helping Chris Jericho throw a pie in her face. However, the apes were presented as real and not actors, which made the whole thing appear even more ridiculous.

Driven (2001)

After making Judge Dredd, Sylvester Stallone got interested in the world of auto racing.

He said of the film’s concept, “Racing’s very much like the world of acting. You have your front runners and you have guys that are there for the long race, and you have other guys that block for other people, that are called supporting and character actors. It’s all the same kind of situation. And you realize that you can’t always be number one. You just can’t be the guy in front all the time. So what you can do is lend support to, and help and nourish and encourage someone else. So it’s like your experiences live on in someone else. If you can find some young actor and you can say, “Listen, don’t do this and don’t do that and avoid this and that,” and share your experiences, and he does succeed, you can say, “You know what, I kind of contributed to that.” As an actor did you have to learn you can’t always be number one the hard way. Unfortunately, I did.”

Although this film was a commercial failure, it brought Renny Harlin back after his fiasco Cutthroat Island. He and Stallone had teamed up before for Cliffhanger. It was also a critical failure, nominated for seven Golden Raspberry awards and earning the ire of Jay Leno, who told Richard Roeper that it was the worst car film ever made.

In the middle of the 2000 Champ Car Season, rookie driver Jimmy Bly (Kip Pardue, Remember the Titans) is in the lead with five big wins. But the pressure is getting to him, thanks to his brother and business manager Demille (Robert Sean Leonard, TV’s House). It’s also put him directly in the crosshairs of reigning champ and teammate Beau Brandenburg (Til Schweiger, Inglorious Basterds), who is also dealing with the distraction of his fiancee Sophia (Estella Warren, 2001’s Planet of the Apes).

So Beau decides to dump her and he starts winning again. However, Jimmy has a big crash and needs an older driver to be his mentor, so team owner Carl Henry (Burt Reynolds!) brings back former champion Joe Tanto (Stallone) to replace Memo, another driver who is now married to Joe’s ex-wife Cathy (Gina Gershon). Whew — the drama is already started, but what do you expect from a movie with the tagline “Welcome to the human race.”

Joe’s just supposed to be a blocker, but when he learns that Jimmy is getting with Beau’s ex-fiancee, he tries to use his experience to fix things. It takes a car crash that nearly kills Memo to bring everyone back together and be friends.

Jimmy ends up the champ, with Beau in second and Joe in third. Everyone celebrates and I cheer on the credits, which finally freed me from this film. Stallone’s original script was 220 pages and Harlin’s first cut was four hours long, so while I often want a film to give more time, I was fine with this movie ending when it did.

If you know racing, one would assume you’ll love all the real racers showing up, but I would imagine so many of the details, like Joe throwing coins on the track to touch with his car, are absolutely ridiculous. Then again, this is supposedly a trick that trick real-life Formula One driver Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina used to perform.

Ghosts of Mars (2001)

I love John Carpenter. However, the last of his films that I can 100% say that I enjoy with no reservations is 1994’s In the Mouth of Madness. After that, well, it gets a bit difficult to enjoy his movies — maybe it’s the budgets, perhaps he was burned out, maybe the studio heads were too difficult to deal with. Ghosts of Mars may have the most essential of all Carpenter tropes — embattled group of outsiders battles against overwhelming odds in a cramped space — but it just feels unfinished. There’s something here, but we never quite get to it. Carpenter wouldn’t make another movie until 2010’s The Ward, which is his last movie to date.

The script for this movie originally started off as Escape from Mars, another Snaked Plissken sequel, but when Escape from L.A. failed, the main character was changed to Ice CUbe playing Desolation Williams. Courtney Love was going to be in this as well, but her boyfriend’s ex-wife ran over her foot. Really.

Carpenter has stated he was intentionally trying to make Ghosts Of Mars over-the-top and intentionally mindless, but I never get that feeling. He has said, “I have no power over what critics say, but when people complained about the movie being campy and not scary…the name of the movie is Ghosts Of Mars, I figured the campiness would be self-explanatory.” Even Ice Cube was very critical about this and he stars in it! He said, “I don’t like that movie. I’m a big fan of John Carpenter and the only reason I did it was because John Carpenter directed it but they really didn’t have the money to pull the special effects off.”

In the future, Mars has been 84% terraformed, which means that humans can walk the surface of the planet. And, because humans are there, it just means that crime comes with them. Lt. Melanie Ballard (Natasha Henstridge) is on her way to transport Mars’ most dangerous criminal,Desolation’Williams (Ice Cube). Yet when she and her team arrive there, everyone is missing.

There’s a simple explanation: the miners unearthed an ancient Martian civilization and when they opened a door, they let out the ghosts of the people who once lived there, who took over the miners. Now, the newcomers to Mars have become the natives, self-mutilating themselves and destroying any humans that come their way.

Team leader Helena Braddock (Pam Grier) — future Mars society puts women in charge, which is pretty cool — is killed, Ballard assumes command. The real problem is even if you kill a possessed person, the ghost just goes into someone else. Ballard’s crew and the criminals she was sent to take in team up against the miners. Luckily, Ballard is a drug addict, and the illegal narcotics in her system repel the ghosts so that she and Williams survive. Even though he double crosses her, he still comes back to save her at the end, which seems to set up another movie.

Jason Statham was in this before he became a big star. He was originally going to be Williams, but the studio wanted a bigger star. Clea DuVall (The Faculty), Joanna Cassidy (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) and Robert Carradine (Revenge of the Nerds) are all in this as well.

Carpenter put together an all-star band for the soundtrack, with Anthrax, Steve Vai, Buckethead and Robin Finck all playing alongside the director’s synth. And yep — that’s Keith David narrating the film.

You can get this on blu ray from Mill Creek Entertainment.

DISCLAIMER: We were sent this blu ray by Mill Creek Entertainment, but that has no bearing on this review.