Burglar from Hell (1993) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Chip Herman
Starring: Bryant Sohl, Lungy Green, Edie Herman
Rated: UR/Region: 1/1:33/Number of discs: 1 (DVD-r)
Available from SLEAZE BOX
When a burglar tries robbing an old lady’s house, she winds up killing him and burying him in the back yard. After she dies some teenagers move into her house, not knowing about the burglar buried out back. One night they hold a séance and, unbeknownst to them, the burglar comes back to life. Complications ensue.
I’ve said it before and I will say it here again just for record, I can tolerate an old shot on video horror film better than I can most of these straight to disc movie releases any day of the week. Burglar from Hell has all that cheap and fun charm anyone who digs SOV movies can enjoy, but it also has a whole lot of what makes SOV hard for most to watch as well. This is a creative story, but it is a very plot hole and awkward at times story. There is the tale of a burglar at the start who is one of the biggest jerks you will ever see in any movie. Something happens and then we go off onto something else before we comeback to it. You could say we spend a little too long on that something else before we come back to it, because what happens with the cast isn’t as interesting as you might think it should be given the time spent on them. Than again, this IS a shot on video horror film, so odds are they were padding for time anyway.
There is still a really fun factory to things. For better or for worse, you will find something or another here funny. Maybe it will be the guy with the stuffed shirt acting like a guy with a big belly, who has that big belly pushed up and his small belly showing whole he’s dragged off-screen. Maybe it will be the awkward cuts of up close shots as we go from character to character as they talk. Or maybe it will just be the typical stuff you see in all shot on video films that are here that will bring a smile to your face. Regardless, there is fun to be had ever, even if you don’t feel the film is that good overall. I think it is probably going to be an acquired taste for most, but it does still manage to be fun while watching.
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