Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh

Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh

Director: Alan Smithee, Dean Tschetter Cast: Jane Hamilton, Don Brockett

DVD (Pan & Scan / Stereo)

Overview

This daffy, hit-and-miss gore comedy was apparently conceived as a parody of Herschell Gordon Lewis' splatter landmark Blood Feast, which, frankly, represents too easy a target. There are no actual Pharaohs involved, only a crazed figure in a fez who roams the streets of Pittsburgh slicing, axing and chainsawing naughty ladies of the night, then absconding with various stolen body parts. The killings mimic the M.O. of a Las Vegas-based occult serial killer who was shot dead by a slouchy cop (Joe Sharkey) more than a decade ago -- a cop who has been haunted by the case ever since. A trip to Pittsburgh's Egyptian district leads our hero and a butt-kicking meter maid (Susann Fletcher) smack into the killer's hideout, where a bloody battle to the death ensues. It's clear the filmmakers intended this to be either a wild, Airplane!-style take on splatter movies or a frenetic, comic gorefest a la Peter Jackson's Dead Alive, but the story and direction lack wit or creativity enough for either one. Nevertheless, there are some outstanding moments of grim humor (particularly a subplot involving a quit-smoking clinic) and audacious makeup effects from local boy Tom Savini. Some promotional materials have replaced director Dean Tschetter's name with familiar DGA pseudonym "Alan Smithee."

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2003
UPC: 0740178999729
Original Release: 1991
Rating: R
Source: Epi
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sound: [stereo]
Time: 2:32:00

Special Features

Full-screen version of the film; Audio commentary by writer-director Dean Tschetter and producer-star Beverly Penberthy; Exclusive interview with producer-star Beverly Penberthy; Exclusive interview with writer-director Dean Tschetter; Deleted and original director's cut scenes (unrated); Original director's storyboards; Behind-the-scenes photo gallery; Director's original screenplay; Publicity photo collection; Production crew & cast bios; Call sheets; Shooting schedules; One sheets and theatrical key art; Press kits; Reviews; Newspaper and trade press clippings; Advertising campaigns

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Hamilton Actor
Don Brockett Actor
Michael Eugene Fairman Actor
Susann Fletcher Deedee Taylor
Beverly Penberthy Erma Birdwell
Joe Sharkey Joe Blocker
Robert Stoeckle Actor
Jake Dengel Sweeney Birdwell
Shawn Elliott Jackie Cairo
Pat Logan Lober

Technical Credits
Alan Smithee Director
Dean Tschetter Director,Screenwriter
James A. Baffico Producer
Laurence Barbera Producer
Kathryn Borland Costumes/Costume Designer
Donn Checkering Producer
Tom Dubensky Editor
Nick Mastandrea Producer
Michael Melvoin Score Composer
Beverly Penberthy Producer
Peter Reniers Cinematographer
Tom Savini Makeup
Tom Tully Original Story
Natalie Wilvers Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Creature Feature
1. Chapter 1 [10:33]
3. Chapter 2 [7:20]
4. Chapter 3 [3:32]
5. Chapter 4 [12:35]
6. Chapter 5 [11:54]
7. Chapter 6 [9:06]
8. Chapter 7 [13:05]
9. Chapter 8 [8:51]
10. Chapter 9 [9:11]

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