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D-8 ClKCaTCttC, Montreal, Saturday, August 3, 1985 Let's find a cure for films like Weird Science Fright Night puts bite on unsuspecting public leave well enough alone and just marks time for 75 minutes more some of it filled in with ace-of fs between Wyatt and his elder brother, a redneck who makes U.S. Marines look like sensitive poets by comparison. But what's really troublesome about a good chunk of the movie is its shameless resort to cinematic cliches. When, for example, the police give chase to Gary and Lisa for speeding, the pair make it across the railroad tracks just in time for a passing train to cut off the pursuit. Boy, are those cops angry! Boy, are we not amused! Then we have a few problems with logic.

The nutty premise isn't all that bad but when we're led to believe that Lisa has magic powers, it seems awfully peculiar.that she doesn't use them later when she or her creators get into a Then there's the music. What little there is would have been just fine if we hadn't heard it before. But its resemblance to what we got in Risky Business is enough to give copyright lawyers a nightmare. Then there's the You've probably seen forced dramatic resolutions before. But you could easily go a whole lifetime without seeing anything so slap-dash as what you get in Weird Science.

Parents' Guide: strong profanity; sexual references. Bruce Bailey WEIRD SCIENCE Astre.Decarie, Alexis Nihon Written and directed by John Hughee; atar-ring Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock; Ilan Mitchell-Smith. Woman in Red), someone who is, as they put it, "just like Frankenstein, except cuter." They call her Lisa. But she's the sort of woman you could call just about anything except late for an orgy. Lisa's all set to teach Gary and Wyatt about the finer points of female anatomy, but the two of them don't seem prepared to go much beyond a shower-a-trois.

Unfortunately, the film refuses to guided tour LA NUIT PORTE JARRETELLES Berri cookie on the outside, she's a bit of a marshmallow underneath it all. One night at an impromptu gathering, she meets a shy, inexperienced guy named Ariel (Ariel Genet). They're attracted to each other right away, but despite Jezabel's encouragement, he's unable to go through with the sex act. Jezabel decides that it's worth getting this guy aroused, so she takes him on an By BRUCE BAILEY Gazette Film Critic Fright Night is a vampire movie out to put the bite on the unsuspecting public. Silly though the old Dracula-type flicks were, most of them at least had the virtue of a certain internal consistency: They usually picked one combination of the many myths about vampires and stuck to it.

No such luck in Fright Night. Ordinarily, a crucifix flashed in the direction of a vampire is supposed to shake him up. In this movie, that strategy sometimes works but then again, sometimes it doesn't. We also get a kid who's bitten by a vampire and so turns into one himself but only for a while. A little later, he gets transformed into a wolf for no apparent reason.

Then he's supposedly killed when someone drives a wooden stake through his heart. Or so we think until he's suddenly revived with no explanation in the film's last few seconds. These and many other contradictions are scattered through a story set in contemporary suburban America. Teenager Charley (William FRIGHT NIGHT Vj Paris, Brossard Written and directed by Tom Holland; tarring Chri Sarandon, William Raga-dala, Roddy McDowail. Ragsdale) suspects that his new neighbor Jerry (Chris Sarandon) is a vampire.

Jerry's live-in boyfriend also seems to be the sort of person you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley. He may actually be some sort of zombie, though we're never quite sure about that when the film-makers finally toss that possibility at us without any warning. Believe it or not, Roddy McDowell a veteran actor with a reasonably good reputation until now also gets mixed up in this atrocity. He plays a TV performer and ex-movie star who eventually comes to the rescue after Charlie's girlfriend has been turned into a ghoul-friend. We ultimately do get a few good jolts.

But most of these have less to do with good old-fashioned suprise attacks than with some particularly disgusting special effects put together by Richard Edlund (Oscar-winner for his work on Chostbusters). PG: gory, violent. of sexual underground all-night journey into pornoland everything from peep-shows to sex shops to strip-tease joints to the Bois de Boulogne (notorious hang-out of Paris's transsexuals and tranaves-tites). Eventually she figures that, hey, this guy just might be homosexual after all. So she even tries that route with a little help from a friend.

The film's most tolling sequence is its last few seconds. Though wordless, it's an elegant commentary on the nature of love and power-politics in a sexual-romantic Before that, we get some remarkably eye-catching cinematography. Thevenet's sets are lit with the most lurid colors almost all the time. That, of course, suits the subject-matter so we don't get the sense that it's a purely arty exercise as this sort of thing sometimes was in the films of Thevenet's compatriot Jean-Jacques Beineix (Diva, Moom in the Gutter) or Rainer -Werner Fassbinder. Parents' Guide: sexual sequences.

Bruce Bailey TtiNiTE SUN. LAST orrrneiMBosTON STMTfto TUESDAY: GoWie Alexander mmzm mm GRADUATES CLUB OF MONTREAL, INC. a non profit organization for discriminating singles I INVITES YOU TO OUR i I MONTHLY DANCE FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 5L 9:00 P.M. 43v-Jir HOLIDAY INN DOWNTOWN iiTlij Sherbrookt Aylmer Marit-Paule Sarrazin, Pretident Members 5 INFORMATION General Admission $10 287-1017 Come and meet at our Wedneeday get-togethera at I'Entretempa, Sheraton Center, Dorchester Stanley at 9:00 p.m. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the movie theatre, along comes Weird Science one of the most boring, insulting and inept of this summer's flicks geared to the Clearasil crowd.

Our suitable cases for treatment this time are a couple of teenaged nerds named Gary (Anthony Michael Hall of Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Gmith). Gary and Wyatt have lots of time to mess around with computers because no girl in her right mind will have anything to do with them. And so are you ready for this? our boys put the wonderful world of high-tech to work to create an ideal woman (Kelly LeBrock of The Offbeat Nuit La nuit porte jarretelles is a guided tour of Paris's sexual underground. But that's not to say that this offbeat feature by 28-year-old French film-maker Virginie Thevenet is without what censors' like to call "redeeming social value." In fact, this film is of worth largely because it calls into question the stereotypes of women as hopelessly romantic, as out-of-control or weak, as unlikely to enjoy sexual contact without love. Still, even though our heroine Je-zabel (Jezabel Carpi) is one tough -AM-AMOem: via--'-, TWO NITESI CO 8 MANY PLACES TO GO.

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