Tuesday, February 10, 2015
HANGING BY A THREAD (1979)
For some reason when I went into this film I was thinking the incident would take place on a Gondola lift in a urban area. Car perilously hanging as crowds of people ooooohhhh and awwwwww. But no, HANGING BY A THREAD is about a basic as it can be. The lightning strikes during the daytime and then suddenly it's nighttime. That means all of the "in danger" scenes take place with a black background. How exciting. Also the helicopter pilot is nonstop bitching about the wind, but every time we see a flag it's hanging limp. Same goes with people standing outside...their hair isn't even moving! The filmmakers tried to pad the running time (I guess so it can be a two-night event) with a story about gangster hit men trying to kill one of the passengers, but it's beyond lame.
I had positive hopes for HBAT, but in the end I was bored bored bored. Low budget, stiff acting, lifeless script, pathetic photography, TV show-level sets, many many shots of people making facial expressions ad nauseam, unlikeable characters, super weak ending. Unless you're a glutton for punishment or a hardcore fan of some of these actors, I say skip it with a vengeance. I wish I had.