Wednesday, May 26, 2010

0414: Tormented

MST3k, Experiment #0414

A ghost-woman owned him body and soul! Tormented.

On an island community off of California, Tom Stewart is preparing to marry the woman he loves. His plans are threatened by his old girlfriend, Vi, who shows up secretly. During a confrontation at the top of the island's lighthouse, the railing breaks and Vi falls. Tom has a chance to save her but doesn't. Tom's relief at Vi's accident soon fades when her vengeful spirit begins showing up wherever he goes...

Okay, truthfully, in every bit of honesty, I think this may easily be in my top five(5) favourite episodes of the whole series. It's definitely the best of season four(4). We have here a Bert I. Gordon film that really isn't all that bad. In fact, I think it's his best. The story starts a tad slow, but it's pretty messed up by the end. Servo comments that it's "one dark mama-jama of a movie" and I quite agree with him. As far as simple horrory films go, this one is really good and has a decent plot. Sure, there are holes in it a mile wide, mostly in the way the main "hero" handles the tugboat captain that comes to blackmail him. I would have just denied everything straight out and let him tell everyone whatever he wanted, and continued to deny it the whole way...

Better yet, I wouldn't have killed anyone in the first place.

And while we're on the subject, he didn't necessarily KILL the lady... he just hesitated and didn't really bother saving her from falling to her death. He failed to prevent an accident. So I guess technically, the movie is about a ghost who really isn't all that fond of semantics.

The director's daughter Susan Gordon played the role of the little girl in the movie, and apparently she had never acted before. Honestly... she may have been one of the best child actors ever, if this was her first role. As for how dark the movie is... (SPOILERS) ...they almost had the little girl being thrown to her death off a lighthouse. I really don't quite get why the hero, Tom Stewart, was meant to be the hero of the movie... He accidentally "killed" one lady, killed some guy who found out, and almost killed a little girl who adored him. Yet oddly, the movie managed to make the viewer at least a bit sympathetic towards him.

Running jokes abound in this episode, including one of my favourites: "Tom Stewart killed me!" Also, whenever a beach is shown, Servo spouts out "Sessions presents..." with some random fake collection album title, and then Joel and Crow join in with some lovely renditions of old popular hit songs. Some say that it's a bit too run into the ground, but for me, I can't get enough of it.

The song at the end of the episode is a tad dumb, but fun... The best part is Frank's verse as he draws on the floor with chalk, once again solidifying why he's my favourite.

Favourite line: "Uh, hold on... I've decided to save you."

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