Thursday, January 7, 2016

Slayground (1983)

Director: Terry Bedford

Writers: Trevor Preston, Donald E. Westlake

Composer: Colin Towns

Starring: Peter Coyote, Mel Smith, Billie Whitelaw, Philip Sayer, Bill Luhrs, Marie Masters, Clarence Felder, Ned Eisenberg, David Hayward, Michael Ryan, Barrett Mulligan, Kelli Maroney

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Welcome To Your Funeral!

Plot:  Thieves run over a child while escaping after a robbery. A deadly hitman who likes to taunt his targets is hired to track them down. Stone moves to England, but the assassin follows.

My rating: 4/10

Will I watch it again?  Nope.

The film gets off to a good start but it quickly gets weird when the mysterious-hidden-in-the-shadows-to-the-point-of-being-ridiculous hitman shows up and quickly dispenses of his targets except for one.  How he found them so quickly is never explained.  He spends most of the picture trying to get to Stone (Coyote) even after Stone goes to England halfway into the film.  The change of scenery is nice but it's still slow. I just wanted something to happen.  It's a snail's pace and whenever the hitman shows up he's dressed like a cold war villain from GET SMART, dressed in a black overcoat, black fedora, black gloves, shadows over the face; you get the picture.  It's rather laughable.  When the big showdown finally arrived at the end I kept expecting something really out there like the hitman was Stone himself.  Nope.  Much of the film was a dreary affair.  I wish it weren't so but there it is. 

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