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Movie Reviews: Eat The Rich + She Devil + Silent House

The Comic Strip Presents: Eat The Rich (1987)
In this movie, a group open a restaurant and do exactly what it says on the tin. They serve up the rich. This has pointless car chases, death and is hokey.

She Devil (1989)
A watered down adaptation of Fay Weldon’s vicious revenge novel ‘The Life and Loves of a She Devil’. Frump Ruth (Roseanne Barr) is dumped by her wuss husband Bob (Ed Begley, Jr) for pink slut Mary Fisher (Meryl Streep). Ruth plots vengeance and gets it. But the vengeance is nowhere near as dark and disturbing as it got in the book. Anyway Ruth ruins Bob, drives Mary to a breakdown and involves her ignored children, Mary’s aged mother and Mary’s hot butler in the morass. This was funny but way too slight.

Best Line:
“Soft core porn for bored housewives.”

Silent House (2011)
This remake of a film I’ve never seen focuses on a girl, her father (the poor man’s Billy Burke) and his brother who are tidying up a remote holiday home. There is a real time one-take conceit. There is mumbling, annoying characters and the gargoyle faced daughter hears odd noises and random odd things happen. I had no idea what was going on besides whimpering, flailing and excessively loud breathing. If you wonder how some random nutter tiptoes around the house and withdraws unseen the twist explains it despite contravening all logic. The heroine has a haunted look, there are shouty men and a not particularly complex plotline. Ill-defined goings on take place, people scream and glower post-ironically. This was not a chilling portrait of malice and darker themes.

Best Lines:
“A hole. Nicely done.”

“Just looking at its making me sick.”

“Goddam squatters!”

“What are you doing?”
“I’m getting my gun.”

“What did you do to him?”
“Not nearly enough.”

“Look at what you did to me!”
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