Soundtrack Festival 2008: Flick

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Johnny is a stuttering Teddy boy who wants one thing in from life. A dance with Sally Andrews, his dream girl. He finally asks her, but the boyfriend beats him up and humiliates him. Johnny lashes out, then he’s chased so much so that his car takes him to a watery grave.

Forty years later, the car is found and Johnny’s body is suddenly resurrected, and he embarks upon both a rampage on those bullies, and also to track down Sally.

The plot is a bit lame in parts, some of the 50s B-movies had bad plots to be fair.

Some of the character’s drive felt a bit fake for me, but the look and style of the movie kept me interested. Mise-en-scene like the clothing, gore and classic comic book panels (used to paste over the lack of budget) added weight to the film.

The cast is also very impressive. Faye Oscar Winner Dunaway as Lieutenant McKenzie, partnered with detective sergeant Miller played by the mighty Mark Benton from the Nationwide ads, and Johnny’s unhinged mother played by Liz Smith (The Royle Family’s Nana) who is the film’s highlight, hands down.

From first time film helmer David Howard, Flick boasts a comic book look that feels like Sin City set in the 1950s, with Roger Corman thrown in.

The soundtrack, a combo of classic 50s cuts and tunes written by Richard Hawley (who also supplies the voice of radio DJ Bobby Blade, and has the best line involving the word “twat” I’ve heard in a while).

Flick will do well on the cult DVD train. Decent start to Howard’s filmmaking career.

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