Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 14th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1982
Director: David Winters
Writers: Judd Hamilton, Tom Klassen, David Winters
Cast: Caroline Munro, Joe Spinell, Judd Hamilton, Devin Goldenberg, David Winters, Susanne Benton, Filomena Spagnuolo, Glenn Jacobson
DVD released: May 19th, 2009
Approximate running time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Troma Team Video
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95
The Last Horror Film was directed by David Winters (Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare). Winters also appears in The Last Horror Film as a director of horror films. Over the years The Last Horror Film has been released under a variety of different titles like Maniac 2 and Fanatic.
The Last Horror Film was a quickly put together after the success of William Lustig’s Maniac which also stars Joe Spinell and Caroline Munro. The premise for The Last Horror Film, a deranged nobody who craves the limelight makes perfect fodder for a horror film. The plot feels cobbled together and the ending is kind of a letdown. Even though there is plenty of killings this film is not your typical horror film.
Despite its flaws there is plenty things that work like David Winters direction and the performances of its two leads Joe Spinell and Caroline Munro. Above all else The Last Horror film is all about Joe Spinell’s performance as Vinny Durand. While the moments where Vinny is at his most psychotic are right up Joe Spinell’s alley. It is the moments where Vinny is interacting with his mother (who is portrayed by Joe Spinell ‘s actual mother), in which Joe Spinell really shines. Ultimately The Last Horror Film is a flawed film that quickly crumbles under the weight of its meager budget.
The Last Horror Film is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The bulk of the film fares well with nicely saturated colors and healthy looking flesh tones. In order to make this release completely uncut Troma had to source some of the film from less then stellar source materials. These scenes while noticeably of lesser quality than are never become distracting. Even though this transfer is interlaced, the image remains stable throughout.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. There are no problems with distortion or background noise. Dialog is clear and everything sounds evenly balanced.
Extras for this release include three trailers for the film under the title Fanatic, a trailer under the title The Last Horror Film, an image gallery with stills and a poster, an introduction to the film from Lloyd Kaufman, Buddy Giovinazzo’s eight minute short film titled Maniac 2: Mr. Robbie starring Joe Spinell. Also include with this release is a four minute interview with producer /director William Lustig who discusses Joe Spinell and The Last Horror Film. The main extra include with this release is an audio commentary with Luke Walter (a friend of Joe Spinell) and this audio commentary is moderated by Evan Husney. The audio commentary does a good job covering the ins and outs of what went on while making The Last Horror Film. Rounding out the extras is a twenty four on camera interview with Luke Walter titled “My Best Maniac”, who discusses candidly his friendship with Joe Spinell. This DVD also comes with trailers for other films also available or soon to be released on DVD from Troma. Overall The Last Horror Film gets a fully loaded DVD release from Troma, recommended.