Non è che un filmone come Possessione Demoniaca (Michael Angel) coi beneamati Dennis Hopper e Richard Grieco non abbia dei meriti: ti riconcilia con i film dei Vanzina, ad esempio...
Per il resto, la sua visione è uno dei traumi peggiori vi possano capitare - almeno tra quelli che non coinvolgono un autotreno guidato dal fantasma di Ray Charles.
In quel di Portorico c'è Hopper che fa l'artista maledetto, ed accoppa gente per trarre ispirazione. Ultima vittima, un "ragazzo di vita"; il fratello di quest'ultimo - prete col vizio delle investigazioni poliziesche - si mette sulle tracce dell'assassino.
Credetemi, è infinitamente peggio di così.
Film insulso sotto ogni aspetto: regia patetica, recitazione oscena; stendiamo un sudario sulla trama. C'è del fan-service, questo sì: 2 o 3 full-frontal anche meritevoli, che non lasciano nulla all'immaginazione.
Per il resto, solo dolore; tenetevi a portata di mano degli aghi da infilarvi sotto le unghie: saranno una piacevole distrazione.
Voto: 1. Trashometro® 5/10:
Tags: horror, crimine, thriller, mistero, arte, prete, convento, investigazione, polizia, Portorico, occulto, pittura, pittore, serial-killer, sangue, dipinto, trash.
Michael Angel (1998)
Regista: William Gove
Scrittore: William Gove
Genere: Crime, Thriller, Horror, Mystery, Crime
Valutazione: 4.1/10 (210 voti)
- Dennis Hopper .... Lewis Garou
- Richard Grieco .... Michael Killan
- Efrain Figueroa .... Uncle Daniel
- Bridget White .... Mary (as Bridget Ann White)
- Kristin Minter .... Charlotte
- Frank Medrano .... Father Neil
- Michael Cole .... Monsignor Manning
- Ivonne Coll .... Killan's Mother
- Perri Lister .... Sheila Masters
- Phillip Stewart .... Marcos Quintana
In San Juan, Puerto Rico, after two gristly murders, the murderer has used the victims' blood to paint the walls by the bodies. An agnostic Jesuit priest, whose brother was the first victim, visits the crime scene: look for a talented abstract-expressionist painter who's going through a spiritual crisis and is angry at God, the priest says. The police ask Father Michael to continue to assist them, and he visits Bohemian haunts an artist might frequent. Father Michael's own history unfolds, too: he's a painter, he has an ex-girlfriend in San Juan, and he's attracted to Mary, a life-drawing model. Soon all fingers point to an aging local artist, Lewis Garou. Case closed?
Filmography links and data courtesy of IMDb.
Grieco, Richard (I)
Nome di battesimo: Junior, Richard John Grieco
Data di nascita: 23 March 1965
Altezza: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
- The Ghost Riders (2008) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- Forget About It (2006) .... Anthony Amato [attore]
- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) .... B-Movie Actor (uncredited) [attore]
- Raiders of the Damned (2005) .... Lewis [attore]
- Dead Easy (2004) .... Simon Storm [attore]
- Phantom Force (2004) (TV) .... Mark Dupree [attore]
- Book of Days (2003) (TV) .... Mr. Finch [attore]
- Evil Breed: The Legend of Samhain (2003) .... Mark [attore]
- Webs (2003) (TV) .... Dean [attore]
- Fish Don't Blink (2002) .... Pete [attore]
Richard Grieco was born to an Italian father (Richard Grieco) and an Irish mother (Carolyn O'Reilly). In 1999 he had a son (Dylan Justice Sissons) with a ex-girlfriend, the model and actress Kimber Sissons. He is a musician and in 1995 released a CD ('Waiting for the sky to fall') in Germany. Currently he is single and lives in Los Angeles.
Trivia random: Signed a record deal with Edel Record Company to release a CD single in Germany.
Filmography links and data courtesy of IMDb.
Nome di battesimo: Hopper, Dennis Lee
Data di nascita: 17 May 1936
Altezza: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Coniuge: Victoria Duffy::(13 April 1996 - present) 1 child, Katherine LaNasa::(17 June 1989 - April 1992) (divorced) 1 child, Daria Halprin::(14 May 1972 - 1976) (divorced) 1 child, Michelle Phillips::(31 October 1970 - 8 November 1970) (divorced), Brooke Hayward::(1961 - 1969) (divorced) 1 child
- Elegy (2008) .... George O'Hearn [attore]
- Hell Ride (2008) .... Eddie 'Scratch' Zero [attore]
- The Palermo Shooting (2008) .... Frank [attore]
- Sleepwalking (2008) .... Mr. Reedy [attore]
- Swing Vote (2008) .... [attore]
- Forever (2007/I) .... (in negotiations) [attore]
- 10th & Wolf (2006) .... Matty Matello [attore]
- Essential Gorillaz (2006) (V) .... [attore]
- Gorillaz: Live in Manchester (2006) (TV) .... Narrator [attore]
- Memory (2006/II) .... Max Lichtenstein [attore]
Multi-talented and unconventional actor/director regarded by many as one of the true "enfant terribles" of Hollywood who has led an amazing cinematic career for more than five decades, Dennis Hopper was born on May 17, 1936, in Dodge City, Kansas. The young Hopper expressed interest in acting from a young age and first appeared in a slew of 1950s television shows, including "Medic" (1954), "Cheyenne" (1955) and "Sugarfoot" (1957). His first film role was in Johnny Guitar (1954), which was quickly followed by roles in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Giant (1956) and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957). Hopper actually became good friends with James Dean and was shattered when Dean was killed in a car crash in September, 1955. Hopper portrayed a young 'Napoleon Bonaparte' (!) in the star-spangled The Story of Mankind (1957) and regularly appeared on screen throughout the 1960s, often in rather undemanding parts, usually as a villain in westerns such as True Grit (1969) and Hang 'Em High (1968). However, in early 1969, Hopper, fellow actor Peter Fonda and writer Terry Southern, wrote a counterculture road movie script and managed to scrape together $400,000 in financial backing. Hopper directed the low-budget film, titled Easy Rider (1969), starring Fonda, Hopper and a young Jack Nicholson. The film was a phenomenal box-office success, appealing to the anti-establishment youth culture of the times. It changed the Hollywood landscape almost overnight and major studios all jumped onto the anti-establishment bandwagon, pumping out low-budget films about rebellious hippies, bikers, draft dodgers and pot smokers. However, Hopper's next directorial effort, The Last Movie (1971), was a critical and financial failure, and he has admitted that during the 1970s he was seriously abusing various substances, both legal and illegal, which led to a downturn in the quality of his work. He appeared in a sparse collection of European-produced films over the next eight years, before cropping up in a memorable performance as a pot-smoking photographer alongside Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen in Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now (1979). He also received acclaim for his work in both acting and direction for Out of the Blue (1980). With these two notable efforts, the beginning of the 1980s saw a renaissance of interest by Hollywood in the talents of Dennis Hopper and exorcising the demons of drugs and alcohol via a rehabilitation program meant a return to invigorating and provoking performances. He was superb in Rumble Fish (1983), co-starred in the tepid spy thriller The Osterman Weekend (1983), played a groovy school teacher in My Science Project (1985), was a despicable and deranged drug dealer in River's Edge (1986) and, most memorably, electrified audiences as foul-mouthed Frank Booth in the eerie and erotic David Lynch film Blue Velvet (1986). Interestingly, the offbeat Hopper was selected in the early 1980s to provide the voice of "The StoryTeller" in the animated series of "Rabbit Ears" children's films based upon the works of Hans Christian Andersen! Hopper returned to film direction in the late 1980s and was at the helm of the controversial gang film Colors (1988), which was well received by both critics and audiences. He was back in front of the cameras for roles in Super Mario Bros. (1993), got on the wrong side of gangster Christopher Walken in True Romance (1993), led police officer Keanu Reeves and bus passenger Sandra Bullock on a deadly ride in Speed (1994/I) and challenged gill-man Kevin Costner for world supremacy in Waterworld (1995). The enigmatic Hopper has continued to remain busy through the 1990s and into the new century with performances in The Night We Called It a Day (2003), The Keeper (2004) and Land of the Dead (2005). As well as his acting/directing talents, Hopper is a skilled photographer and painter, having had his works displayed in galleries in both the US and overseas. He is additionally a dedicated and knowledgeable collector of modern art and has one of the most extensive collections in the US.
Trivia random: Is an alumni of the Lee Strasberg Institute such as actors Frank Miranda, Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson, Rosario Dawson, Julia Roberts.
Citazione random: In the 50s, when me and Natalie Wood and James Dean and Nick Adams and Tony Perkins (Anthony Perkins) suddenly arrived... God, it was a whole group of us that sort of felt like that earlier group - the John Barrymores, Errol Flynns, Sinatras, Clifts - were a little farther out than we were... So we tried to emulate that lifestyle. For instance, once Natalie and I decided we'd have an orgy. And Natalie says "O.K., but we have to have a champagne bath." So we filled the bathtub full of champagne. Natalie takes off her clothes, sits down in the champagne, starts screaming. We take her to the emergency hospital. That was *our* orgy, you understand?
Filmography links and data courtesy of IMDb.