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Like Hitchcock once said, an audience will be in touch with any character if they're good at their job. Michael Bennett is a character.
It seems to be a case of pointing a camera at a subject and hoping he does the rest, and [this subject] just doesn't do enough to help Landis get away with that thinking.
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A lunatic disguised as a car salesman murders his victims in the confines of his flourescent-lit, wood paneling office.
Kidding of course...however, if there is any doubt remaining in anyone's mind, Slasher has finally come along to put it to rest. Bottom line, you just can't trust a used car salesman.
A very entertaining documentary, that includes a fun soundtrack by original Stax artists and directed by John Landis, about a bizarre indidual who helps car lots clear their older models. I wouldn't buy a car from him, but Michael Bennett's an entertaining guy to watch. This is a much safer way to get the slasher experience without getting burned on a used car lot.
In his first feature on digital film, John Landis tackles something he hasn't before: a documentary.
Landis follows a "mercenary car salesman" and his partners on a trip to Memphis, Tennessee to shift as many cars at a local dealership. Their business is traveling the country as "top salesmen" - selling large quantities of cars at dealerships that, for various reasons, desperately need to get cars off their lot and a temporary sales boost.
The main subject, Michael, is one of the most interesting documentary subjects I've seen and his personality not only carries the movie, but also creates plot where there is simply life being lived. His two friends, try to keep him out of trouble, being a hyperactive alcoholic with a loud mouth that he runs as fast as top sports car, as well as having several other unique traits that I can't peg as I'm not a psychologist.
Besides his "lead", Landis is able to capture a portrait of lower class and middle class America in poorer cities. There are some tear-tugging moments, both out of laughter and sympathy.
Landis said he had trouble working with a doc crew because he is used to setting up shots as opposed to just shooting (and disregarding things like other camera operators or crew members in a shot). However, Landis does get some of his desired set-up shots, and they look just as great as his studio work, but is more powerful in my opinion because of the catching content and the serendipitous execution of documentary.
It's good to see a John Landis helmed project that is as funny as his earlier films. Slasher delivers the documentary goods in finding an entertaining character and capturing characters on the lot.
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