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Night Angel
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by Chris Parry

"If all you needed for an Oscar was good effects, this would be a contender."
2 stars

After reviewing thirty odd softcore Cinemax flicks in a row, the prospect of yet another story-free awful acting demonstration is enough to drive a guy to drink. Or even off the drink. But Night Angel is somewhat of a rare bird; it’s a titty flick, sure, but it’s also a pretty frightening scary movie and not nearly as hard to watch in the acting department as 99.9% of the genre.

An executive at a fashion magazine (Melrose Place co-star Linden Ashby) is enjoying his nice exotic yuppie life when the sudden appearance of a She-Devil (Isa Andersen, a flash in the pan from Germany) turns everything upside down. No, when I say She-Devil I’m not talking about Roseanne, I’m talking about an uber-gothic busty babe with long black nails and a supernatural pull over everyone she comes across. Pretty soon, the magazine’s entire staff is bewitched by the monotone wench from hell, and the place is overrun by zombie-like individuals working feverishly to put their mistress’ picture on the cover. I realize that doesn’t sound very far from reality (have you seen the way people fawn over Naomi Campbell?) but go with it.

So the only two not beguiled by Lilith the super devil chick are executive boy and his fashion accessory whiz girlfriend (TV movie actress Debra Feuer). And of course, that means Lilith will do anything to get them, so we begin a zombie chase through the woods and mucho special effects. Truth be told, this is a really well made flick. I mean, the premise is ridiculous, but the professionalism that’s gone into putting it together would at many stages rival that of Hollywood. There’s plenty of demons, gore, cadavers and scares, a helping handful of nudie scenes to keep things light, and a surprising amount of truly horrific imagery.

Directed by Halloween 5 hack, Dominique Othenin-Girard, where this 1990 flick comes up short is in its low aim. If a little more money was spent, the story was a little more important and a few name actors were brought into the cast (and the very untalented Isa Andersen was removed), you could conceivably have had a decent (if not groundbreaking) big screen release on your hands. However, just looking at what’s on the screen, as opposed to what could have been, Night Angel has enough action, enough skin and enough effects work in it to keep most people very much entertained.

Heck, any flick with credits listed for ‘llama wrangler’ and ‘woman with faces under breasts’ just has to be worth watching, right?

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12/22/12 joanna jackson the effects were fantastic 5 stars
11/18/02 Charles Tatum I was totally into this 4 stars
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