Scott Spiegel, 1989
Starring: Elizabeth Cox, Renee Estevez, David Byrnes, Dan Hicks, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi
Sometimes you stumble across a movie that makes you do a double, triple even quadruple take. You ask yourself a series of questions, such as: How have I not seen this before? Where was this hiding? How is it so ridiculous? What?
Jennifer (Elizabeth Cox) is closing up at the grocery store she works in, goofing off with her coworkers, and getting ready to stock the shelves. Her crazy ex-boyfriend Craig (David Byrnes) harasses her and fights with her coworkers, who attempt to protect her. Everyone is spooked by Craig and depressed by the sudden news that the store will be going out of business soon. As they close up, clean, and restock, someone begins picking off the employees one by one. Is it Craig? Will they find out in time to save themselves?
Sam Raimi, usually behind the camera, is surprisingly good in front of it. He’s charming and funny, eventually dying with gusto, while his brother Ted plays the same type of comic/pathetic role he’s always given. Bruce Campbell is there so briefly you’ll miss him if you don’t pay attention, so keep your eyes on the cops in the film. Speaking of, Lawrence Bender -- the producer of almost all of Tarantino's films -- also has a small cameo as the second cop.
Update: This has finally been released on a glorious, uncut, special edition Blu-ray.
Watch the trailer below: