As the couple drive along a dull, depressing, shabby backroad they encounter Hellcop who is not exactly known for his reasonable reactions. He abducts Rachel and carries her off. But her dehumanizing trauma is all about the messy ineffectual Charlie. There is dated sfx, bad acting and no general air of fear but it does entertain. The gas station harbinger tells Charlie, again, about the road to hell so Charlie goes on a single minded obsessive impractical quest to get Rachel back.
How does the gas station harbinger know all the lore? Charlie doesn’t ask being loud, hostile and contemptuous. Hellcop is unambiguously menacing and never speaks. Rachel is the prize and Charlie takes his dog on his Orpheus and Eurydice quest. This not mesmseric but is strikingly odd. Hell is full of the wildest directorial conceits. Ben Stiller is a cook at Pluto’s donuts, where nobody ever gets served. Hell is all stylization and a biker gang of thuggish looking men roam led by miserable wretched creature Rourke (Storke). Lita Ford has a cameo as a hitchhiker.
There are car chases, all the worst people on the planet, a hell child, Rourke the raging egoist likes going on rants and socially hapless Charlie runs into unpleasant enigma Beezle (Bergin) and his pathology of power. There is a hilarious take on the road to hell being paved with good intentions and the depraved attentions of satan are on Charlie. Rachel has no agency and Storke is hilariously ineffective as a badass biker/failed antichrist.
Hellcop has no overarching goals, he just reacts. Rourke’s old lady Clara has anger, regret and shame. Rachel is compliant and docile. Is satan a rapist? Because there are some unpleasant hints. Or maybe he just tempts with gleeful morbidity. Malicious things lurk in the unfathomably grim hell where chaos, anguish and erotic instigator demons lurk. A stop motion Cerberus pops up. Charon and River Styx have a brief appearance.
Charlie wants Rachel to stick to his preferred narrative. Satan is joyous but where did his beard go? There is vivacity, animosity and sinning opportunities. Nobody has even a whiff of shame. A sudden way to kill the baddie is suddenly revealed and this was good if not of historic emotional significance.
“A road within a road”
“You’ll be sorry you left home at all.”
“You’re crazy. I like that.”
“What does Beezle do down here?”
“I’m not Hitler!”
“The Lost Boys from hell.”
“Evil has many faces.”
“I am darkness made visible.”
“He was once part of my scheme of things.”
“I’m the one.”
“Eternity lasts too long.”
“There’s a monster outside my room. Can I have a glass of water?”
“Going to beat your ass bitch!”
“I’m insane with anger.”
“You had a tone.”
“Decided to keep it for the city people.”
“This is exactly what the nerds want.”
“The history of the world’s future is on the TV right now.”
“There is no one watching out for us.”
Psycho Beach Party (2000)
The Devil’s Child (1997)
Poolhall Junkies (2002)
Sorority Boys (2002)
Shadow Of The Vampire (2000)
Nosferatu The Vampire (1979)