sort of like c.h.u.d. with the effects of basket case and some of the camera movement of evil dead. james muro directed and it’s his only directorial effort for a reason. he’s not very good at directing talent and cutting scenes. that said, he does have a good eye and the photography is pretty good, all things considered. he’s done camerawork on films like t2, insider, heat, casino, falling down, jfk, field of dreams and many more. in other words – he’s a good camera operator, but not a very good director. i actually wrote about him in my review of open range because i liked his work as cinematographer there; he also did the cinematography on crash. mostly, though, he’s a stedicam operator.
this film is sorta fun, sorta gross and not all that fantastic. it gets the job done in a fairly weak genre, but it’s not very noteworthy. some of the writing is really funny and some of it is really bad. an uneven effort which probably helped muro’s career more than anything else. C. p.s. matt vogel did the special effects for this and c.h.u.d. bryan singer (apt pupil, x-men, usual suspects) was a grip on this film. it’s crazy how many people started out working in horror. joel coen, johnny depp, renee zellweger, etc.