Zyzzyx Rd. Reviews
Zyzzyx Road, plain and simple, is not good. But I think it's quite sad that there are a sea of films out there that this movie absolutely puts to shame that would've made bucketloads, while Zyzzyx is stuck in MinusMillions. There's really only three actors in the whole piece (plus the token redneck you're contractually obliged to put in a road-trip-based US Horror, nobody really stands out, but this just means there was no monumental fuck ups in the B-Movie casting call, where they hire whatever racial group they're lacking at the time, or maybe a girl who's well endowed between the collarbones and lower sternum, rather than on kids who can actually act.
It's quite short, and quite simple, so there's not a whole that can be said about it, but is honestly a good 40 or 50 thousand times better than I thought it would be, going in knowing nothing other than that it was being released by Flashback Entertainment. My ex-girlfriend and I despise Flashback. Too many dodgy, cheap and woeful DVD's like The Raven fucking with out faith in humanity. It's not boring, it's not stupid, and it's not annoying, so good on you Zyzzyx Road, may you sell $2 copies of your DVD from bargain bins in the local IGA for many more years to come.
also stars Rickey Medlocke, Yorlin Madera, Meguire Grillo, Di Koob, Nancy Linari and Michael Lugenbuehl.
directed by John Penney.
A headtrip about two lovers in the desert, it stars a pre-stardom Katherine Heigl and an unhinged Tom Sizemore (is there any other kind?) and was released theatrically in a single theatre for a single week to comply with screen actors guild rules. Total box office gross ? $20.
Why? There are certainly worse films around. It's probably a classic case of a distributor buying something, realising they weren't going to make money out of it (maybe suffering a change of management) and dumping it at a loss, the backers losing their shirts as their $2m budget went nowhere.
Everyday schmoe Grant (Grillo ? the producer and definitely not leading man material) is driving into the desert with his underage lover Marissa (Heigl) and the body of her psycho ex boyfriend Joey (Sizemore) in the trunk. They intend to take it out to the remote dirt road of the title, bury Joey and get on with their lives.
But when they get there Joey's body goes missing, apparently not as dead as they thought. The pair stumble around in the desert all night trying to decide whether to just flee or find Joey and finish him off, but the whole time Grant sees disturbing visions of Marissa's face melting off.
It's not until the next morning that Grant tracks Joey down to an abandoned mine ? by which time Marissa's survived a normally-fatal snakebite ? where the latter tries to reason with Grant about the truth. Marissa's not human, Joey claims, and he was in the process of getting her (fake) feminine wiles out of his system and taking care of her for good when Grant came into her life and she started work on him instead. They have no choice but to find her and cut her heart out with a special knife Joey has for just that purpose.
But there's a deeper truth I won't spoil here, except to say that writer/director John Penney is obviously a Lynch fan. Even though film itself isn't terribly well done, in Lynch's hands such an unreliable narrator/insanity made reality story would be a masterpiece. It even had many of the elements he often returns to such as lovers with fracturing minds and the surreal landscapes of remote California.
Katherine Heigl- yay
The Plot - Nay
Katherine Heigl - Yay
The Acting - Nay
Katherine Heigl - Yay
Everything else about this movie - Nay
She was by far thew best part of this movie,
I know i say this alot BUT this movie did have the potential... Just needed more than a few adjustments such as removing the urge to add in a "twist" every so often- it just ruined the story.