Blackout Release Date: 1985 Genre: Crime | Drama | Horror Director(s): Douglas Hickox (Theatre of Blood) Writer(s): David Ambrose (Amityville 3-D) Starring: Keith Carradine, Kathleen Quinla and Richard Widmark Repeat after me: a cool box art does not indicate a good movie. Despite the black leather Gimp mask appearing prominently on the cover, it doesn’t […]

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Blackout
Release Date: 1985
Genre: Crime | Drama | Horror
Director(s): Douglas Hickox (Theatre of Blood)
Writer(s): David Ambrose (Amityville 3-D)
Starring: Keith Carradine, Kathleen Quinla and Richard Widmark

Repeat after me: a cool box art does not indicate a good movie.

Despite the black leather Gimp mask appearing prominently on the cover, it doesn’t play too much of a factor in Blackout when you put it against the actual plot.

In this made-for-HBO film, a man by the name of Ed Vincent kills his entire family in a crude and disgusting manner. A detective is dedicated to tracking him down by any means necessary, but he runs into a problem when he finally finds out Vincent’s location. After a fiery car crash that leaves one dead and the other severely disfigured and without a trace of his previous memories, there’s no way to tell who was who. The person who most believe to be the innocent Allen Devlin recovers and marries the nurse who took care of him, but the detective is unwilling to just sit around while there’s a 50/50 chance that the mind of a killer is still buried inside the man’s psyche.
While it does get interesting on occasion, Blackout is blander than anything. The first half hour of Blackout is mildly interesting, but the last two-thirds are just ‘there.’

The deceased Douglas Hickox is the father of director Anthony Hickox.

DVD: Barebones.

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