Superb Dark Comedy
Hal Willis | Atlantic City, NJ | 08/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Claudia Christian gives a brilliant comedic performance as the model Hexina in this hysterical dark comedy. The sex scene is one of the funniest scenes recorded on film and the rest of the movie keeps up the laughs. Alan Spencer's director's commentary makes a second viewing of the movie even funnier and should not be missed."
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cookieman108 | Inside the jar... | 07/17/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While I thought Hexed (1993) was an entertaining feature, there was a slight bit of disappointment for me in that with a title like that for a film, I half expected there to be some supernatural elements involved within the story, but there wasn't...I will say this, though, whatever disappointment I may have had over the title in relation to the film vanished once Claudia `Ivanova' Christian (The Hidden, Maniac Cop 2, "Babylon 5") made the scene...homina homina...written and directed by Alan Spencer ("Sledge Hammer!"), the film stars, along with Ms. Christian, Arye Gross (Soul Man, House II: The Second Story). Also appearing is Adrienne Shelly (I'll Take You There), R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket, Fletch Lives), Ray Baker (Silverado, Total Recall), Michael E. Knight ("All My Children"), and the late Norman Fell (Airport 1975, The End), probably best known as his role of the skeevy landlord Mr. Roper on the television sitcom "Three's Company".
Arye Gross plays the character Matthew Welsh, a hotel clerk who desires more from life than that which is his current lot, so much so he makes up all kinds of outrageous lies about his life, perhaps in the hopes some of them will come true (as the movie begins we see him arriving at the hotel on New Year's Eve dressed in a tuxedo, acting all snooty and mingling with the guest during a party before getting busted). When the news of a special guest, a European super model named Hexina (Christian), gets around, Matthew immediately starts telling his co-workers about a bogus past relationship he had with the woman, to which no one believes him because everyone knows he's a rotten, stinking, filthy liar. Anyway, certain circumstances present themselves in such a way that allows Matthew to impersonate an individual Hexina has come to town to visit, but has never met, leading up to a wild night of the boudoir boogie, capped off by Hexina trying to pierce Matthew's skull with a large carving knife. Turns out the guy Matthew's impersonating is a blackmailer, one who's got compromising information about Hexina's past (she ends up being as big a phony as Matthew, but a hell of a lot more attractive), and she was only trying to throw a scare into him, or so she says...Matthew spills the beans about his real identity and then helps Hexina track down the guy he was impersonating, who Hexina ends up killing because it turns out that, along with being one of the world's hottest supermodels, she's also a homicidal lunatic, and will do anything to protect her secrets. From here things go from bad to worse for Matthew as the bodies begin to pile up and the police, including Detective Ferguson (Ermey), see Matthew as the prime suspect, (it doesn't help that Hexina keeps planting evidence supporting this notion).
If you're familiar with the type of comedy featured in Alan Spencer's late 1980s television series Sledge Hammer!, starring David Rasche, then you'll have a pretty good idea what to expect here, the main difference being here things are slightly more raunchy as there's a decent amount of profanity along with some nudity, two elements that obviously wouldn't fly on network television. If you're not familiar with the television series then imagine the humor from the Naked Gun television series and films, only a little darker. The jokes here range from sort of lame to pretty funny, but the main problem, at least as I see it, is there's about as many present as there was in a half hour episode of Sledge, stretched out here to fill an hour an half film (I won't even get into trying to compare the comedic ability of Arye Gross to David Rasche). The funniest bit for me was when Matthew, in an effort to perpetuate his story about having had a relationship with Hexina, takes headshots of himself and pastes them onto pictures with Hexina, eventually trying to pass one off on his co-workers as the real deal...suffice to say they look ridiculously fake, capable of fooling perhaps a mentally challenged three year old child. There's not much of a story here as what's present seems here more just to prop up the gags than anything else. I've never a big fan of Arye Gross and his receding hairline, so I had a hard time getting behind his character specifically because he was sniveling, little liar who scammed his way into Christian's character's pants and spends the rest of the time freaking out in lame fashion...maybe there's some jealously on my part seeing as how he got to appear with her sans her clothes, but beyond that I never felt like he was leading man material. He comes off more as a supporting character, and an odious one at that. As far as Ms. Christian, she seemed the dominant character in the film, and generally a lot more fun to watch (I hardly noticed Arye Gross when the two appeared together in a scene). She does appear nekkid a couple of times, but there's no full on frontal, only a full on behind shot and some quick side shots. This, along with the profanity, is what garnered the `R' rating. R. Lee Ermey makes a good showing as a police detective, along with showing he can do humor, and Michael E. Knight appears as Matthew's condescending, slimy, a-hole superior Simon, a role which I really enjoyed as the guy was such a skeevy weasel I couldn't help laugh when he was on screen, terrorizing Gross' character. Given his penchant for antagonizing the main protagonist in the film, you know something suitably bad will happen to him (and it does), so enjoy his screen time while you can (the scene where he's checking out Matthew's apartment really made me laugh). One thing that sort of puzzles me is why Alan Spencer didn't just make a Sledge Hammer! feature film instead of this, as I think it would have been much better received, but whatever...all in all this movie is probably best left to Sledge fans, guys who've got a thing for Claudia Christian (I happen to be both), and/or people who can appreciate dark, silly humor in general.
The picture, presented in widescreen anamorphic (1.85:1), comes across clean and clear, and the Dolby Surround audio sounds decent. The are some special features available including English, Japanese, and Spanish subtitles, three deleted scenes with optional director's commentary, a director's commentary track for the film, a four minute promotional featurette for the film, and a theatrical trailer. Also included are previews for other DVD releases like Little Black Book (2004), 50 First Dates (2004), The Sweetest Thing (2002), D.E.B.S. (2004), and Stripes (1981).
Not A Spoof, But A Dark Parable...
Mr. Lucky | Studio City, California United States | 08/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Hexed" was mistakenly marketed by the studio as a "spoof," which it isn't. Alan Spencer's DVD commentary makes that clear. The movie was a dark comedy about a pair of dueling liars, one famous and one not, and how celebrities can get away with anything. While it features slapstick and sight gags, the tone is different than "Sledge Hammer!" but still provides a few shock laughs like the police brutality scene. Some people love this movie and others hate it. Ironically, the DVD release has been getting good reviews as the movie was a bit ahead of the curve in some ways. Decide for yourself because it will be never be accused of being bland. A deleted scene involving Shakespeare should have been included in the final cut and what a pity Spencer's director's cut doesn't exist somewhere, especially with the original choice of theme music, the song from the movie "Valley of the Dolls," which he talks about on the commentary. I look forward to another Alan Spencer film as well as the return of "Sledge Hammer!""
THE DVD EDITION IS LONG OVERDUE!!
C. Jake Cordova | Salt Lake City, Utah United States | 06/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this movie at the theatres on opening day. Then I watched it again 2 days later with a friend who hadn't seen it. When HEXED came out on Laserdisc, I scooped it up quick and literally watched it every month or so. I don't know why I love this movie so much, other than the casting is perfect and the dry humor is unbelievably funny There's also a bitter sense of realism right underneath all of the fake dark comedy. And Ayre Grosse is phenomenal ! I don't know why I think that, I just do!! I guess it's safe to say it's kind of a 'dumb' movie, but... maybe THAT'S the very reason I love it so much.Seriously, this movie MUST be relased on DVD soon!! PLEASE!! I have since sold my Laserdisc player and I NEED my HEXED fix soon!!! AHHHHH!!"Yep, I knew that had to her here." (long pause) "That's a gun.""