Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher films from the 1980’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
The way to hell is paved with good intentions.
Director William Wesley didn’t have much of a resume, and his most intense scenes are abysmal. The jagged editing doesn’t help. The compositing is awful. Wesley’s work is so flawed that his mistakes are pretty much all I remember this film by. On the other hand, Route 666 is nothing like its competitors. It’s unique for all kinds of reasons. The cast is amazing.
We’re greeted by an excellent opening scene with no less than four renowned actors. That’s Lou Diamond Phillips, Lori Petty, Steven Williams, and Dick Miller for you! Dale Midkiff soon shows up. These guys cranked me up, even through their weakest lines of dialogue. The monsters in this are basically revenants, but the script treats them like ghosts. Something went wrong during the execution.
What happened, here? The monsters are never shown without heavy editing. The real massacre happened in the cutting room. As it turns out, shooting “ghosts”, or “revenants”, in broad daylight was a bad idea. The creature make-up isn’t all that. Somewhere, in a parallel dimension, exists a version of Route 666 that doesn’t suck. As it stands, it’s an embarrassing mess.