Synopsis from Vinegar Syndrome:
While the movie sounds like it might be an over the top blood and boob fest it is actually remarkably restrained in terms of its gratuity. What's more is that this restraint serves the movie well acting almost seductively to carry you between tense moments that might otherwise be filled with unrequited hard-ons. It is this very sexual tension that creates moments of superb comedy and give away to some physical comedy that our two protagonist, worm farmers execute naturally.
Along with wide shots of the perfect beautiful west, you get some intimate shots of seduction that actually leave quite a bit more to the imagination than one might expect. That's why the whole thing works so well. It's aim is for you to like the leads. To appreciate their nerdy sensibility, and most of all their fish out of water tale (these boys ain't gunner runners or mafia thieves).
The disc itself contains commentary with director Mike Cartel which is Cartel's only directing gig. He acted in a few movies as well, but never made it back behind the camera. Also included alternate video scenes from the VHS. The release is a 4k restoration of a 35mm camera negative that looks superb and in keeping with the excellent quality of the Vinegar Syndrome other Blu-ray releases. It's important to note here that if you are familiar with VS's Peekarama and Drive-In collections you may not fully understand just how fantastic a transfer these fellas can put out. I urge you to pick up The Telephone Book and Massage Parlor Murders and Night Train to Terror if you need further comparative examples for quality control with this preservation company. Don't let their adult features on DVD fool you. Vinegar Syndrome is the real (reel?) deal. Sometimes their mission is to simply put on disc what must be preserved. Other times, a film requires a special touch with heart and warmth that only cinema fans can provide.
Predominantly I believe you will find this to be a dark comedy, the likes of which could easily have influenced someone like Tarantino or Edgar Wright. While it has foundations in crime thrillers of the 70's it also realizes its limitations. Runaway Nightmare doesn't allow itself to be taken seriously but in a way that works to its advantage much in the same way that it's lake of excessive tit and gore work to seduce the audience. By laying on the ham bone comedy, you actually start to immerse yourself deeper into the strange plight of our two naive heroes. Theirs is a walk into the land of evil ways which may stir a laugh but is taken freely and with moments of tragedy.
You can still pick up copies of this very limited run of 1000 from DiabolikDVD. Make sure to get your orders in or you may have to fight for it on the flipping block later.