Newest Reviews
American Fiction
Poor Things
Legend of the Bat
Party Line
Night Fright
Pacha, Le
Assemble Insert
Venus Tear Diamond, The
Beauty's Evil Roses, The
Free Guy
Huck and Tom's Mississippi Adventure
Rejuvenator, The
Who Fears the Devil?
Guignolo, Le
Batman, The
Land of Many Perfumes
Cat vs. Rat
Tom & Jerry: The Movie
Naked Violence
Joyeuses Pacques
Strangeness, The
How I Became a Superhero
Golden Nun
Incident at Phantom Hill
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
Maigret Sets a Trap
Hell's Wind Staff, The
Topo Gigio and the Missile War
Battant, Le
Penguin Highway
Cazadore de Demonios
Imperial Swordsman
Newest Articles
3 From Arrow Player: Sweet Sugar, Girls Nite Out and Manhattan Baby
Little Cat Feat: Stephen King's Cat's Eye on 4K UHD
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
  Rest in Pieces A Real Legacy Movie
Year: 1987
Director: José Ramón Larraz
Stars: Scott Thompson Baker, Lorin Jean Vail, Dorothy Malone, Jack Taylor, Patty Shepard, David Rose, Jeffrey Segal, Fernando Bilbao, Carole James, Robert Case, Daniel Katz, Tony Isbert, Antonio Ross
Genre: Horror, TrashBuy from Amazon
Rating:  4 (from 1 vote)
Review: Helen (Lorin Jean Vail) and Bob (Scott Thompson Baker) are a married couple from Los Angeles who receive word that Helen's wealthy aunt (Dorothy Malone) has been found dead, so they go to view the body at the funeral home, whereupon it sits up and stares right into Helen's eyes. The staff there are insistent that this is perfectly normal and that its internal gasses that cause the movement, but she is spooked anyway, though not spooked enough not to fly out to the aunt's house and see about the arrangements for the will. There is a lot of money at stake here, and it could do Helen and Bob a lot of good, but what they don't know is there are supernatural forces afoot determined to prevent them getting it...

Spanish director José Ramón Larraz made his reputation in horror circles by mixing sex and violence from the early nineteen-seventies onwards, and creating some genuinely striking works, if not of art, then cinematic skill. Alas, those skills had deserted him by the other end of his career and his trademark pastoral menace was replaced by efforts slavishly emulating the American market which was where the money was, since even films not made there were copying the Hollywood techniques by the eighties, so popular was product from the States in that decade. This meant acting performances by people cast because they had a North American accent, rather than being someone who was able to carry an entire film with any great focus.

That was the case here, with Miss Vail additionally appearing to be here thanks to her willingness to doff her togs at regular intervals - when she gets attacked by her aunt's ghost in the bath, the inevitable sex scene and multiple times where she simply gets out of bed with no clothes on. It was as if Larraz had given up all pretensions and said, yeah, whatever, this is what you want so come and get it. Fortunately, one director at the end of his tether can result in some eccentric choices, one of which was hiring Oscar-winner Malone for her penultimate role (her last would be Basic Instinct!) and after having her character commit suicide on a farewell video for Helen (which the lawyer is happy to show her!) reduced her contribution to smiling away while the camera crash-zoomed onto her at supposedly surprising moments.

Auntie had a few more surprises than that, however, as she allows a group of ex-mental patients to stay on her estate rent free, actually a cult of murderers who in Rosemary's Baby fashion are planning some scheme or other (very little of this makes sense). Fans of eighties British children's television will be bemused to see the evil priest here played by Jeffrey Segal, a prolific character actor who happened to take the role of the beleaguered neighbour in Rentaghost, but that's not the strangest thing going on here. The cultists' plot was so convoluted that not even they seem to know what it is about, and their massacre of a string quintet seconds after complimenting them on their musical prowess is merely one facet of their insanity. It's all overlit, possibly to make up for the deficiencies of VHS where it was headed for in most countries it was released, it tries to be scarily disorienting when it's mostly just stupid, there's a "will this do?" air about most of it, and yet, there's something about Rest in Pieces that keeps you watching, if only to see how daft it can become. Music by Greg De Belles.

[Available on Arrow Player. Click here to join the Arrow Player website - there's a free trial available.]
Reviewer: Graeme Clark


This review has been viewed 1311 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

Review Comments (0)

Untitled 1

Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside

Recent Visitors
Enoch Sneed
Darren Jones
  Louise Hackett
Mark Le Surf-hall
Andrew Pragasam
Mary Sibley
Graeme Clark
  Desbris M


Last Updated: