Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Playroom (1990)

...aka: Schizo

Directed by:
Manny Coto

An archeologist (Christopher McDonald) returns to the castle where his parents were murdered when he was a kid. Fueled by his father's unfinished work and bizarre nightmares, McDonald eventually discovers that a demon/zombie former child prince (Aron Eisenberg - THE HORROR SHOW) is responsible, and starts a new string of murders. His girlfriend (Lisa Aliff) and another couple (James Purcell and Jamie Rose) are also along for the ride. There are a few imaginative murders, I guess, but this comic horror film is pretty juvenile, annoying and dull. One scene has the ghoul-kid pulling a long slimy booger out of his nose, so that should clue you in to the maturity level that this movie approaches. It was shot on location in Belgrade, so at least there's some nice scenery. DR. GIGGLES (1992), which sucked just as badly as this one, was next up for the director. Vincent Schiavelli (who had a memorable role in GHOST - which was the #1 box office hit of 1990... the same year this was released) has a small role, as does Kimberly Beck (FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER) plays a secretary.

Score: 3 out of 10

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