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Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh (1991)





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This daffy, hit-and-miss gore comedy was apparently conceived as a parody of Herschell Gordon Lewis' splatter landmark Blood Feast, which, frankly, represents too easy a target. There are no actual Pharaohs involved, only a crazed figure in a fez who roams the streets of Pittsburgh slicing, axing and chainsawing naughty ladies of the night, then absconding with various stolen body parts. The killings mimic the M.O. of a Las Vegas-based occult serial killer who was shot dead by a slouchy cop (Joe Sharkey) more than a decade ago -- a cop who has been haunted by the case ever since. A trip to Pittsburgh's Egyptian district leads our hero and a butt-kicking meter maid (Susann Fletcher) smack into the killer's hideout, where a bloody battle to the death ensues. It's clear the filmmakers intended this to be either a wild, Airplane!-style take on splatter movies or a frenetic, comic gorefest a la Peter Jackson's Dead Alive, but the story and direction lack wit or creativity enough for either one. Nevertheless, there are some outstanding moments of grim humor (particularly a subplot involving a quit-smoking clinic) and audacious makeup effects from local boy Tom Savini. Some promotional materials have replaced director Dean Tschetter's name with familiar DGA pseudonym "Alan Smithee." ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi
Comedy , Horror
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Susann Fletcher
as Deedee Taylor
Beverly Penberthy
as Erma Birdwell
Joe Sharkey
as Joe Blocker
Jake Dengel
as Sweeney Birdwell
Shawn Elliott
as Jackie Cairo
Pat Logan
as Lober
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Director Dean Tschetter officially disowned this film using the "Alan Smithee" pseudonym, as then allowed by The Director's Guild when excessive studio interference was claimed as the cause of the film's having gone South. Take that fact - and the film's ingenious, sophisticated titling - and draw your own conclusion.

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A wacky whodunnit cop drama. Ultra gory with Naked Gun-type humor. Troma fans should watch this to see how to make a movie like this actually good.


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