All The Believability Of A Mentos Commercial!
Robert I. Hedges | 05/20/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Polymorph" is an obscure gem from the middle of J.R. Bookwalter's career. The film concerns itself with a rather convoluted plot centered around a den of drug dealers interacting with four teenagers camping in the woods while both groups are being pursued by a silly creature from space. Some of the special effects are very amusing (although evidently they have been enhanced for DVD, which makes me wonder what they looked like in the original VHS release), and one matte painting in particular is amazingly bad.
Beyond all that, the movie is actually immensely watchable. The acting varies in quality, with Tom Hoover probably giving the best overall performance as "Carlos" the evil drug lord of ambiguous sexual orientation. I very much enjoyed the "making of" feature, the audio commentary tracks (of which there are two), and the other extras. This film is not as enjoyable in a campy way as Bookwalter's earlier treatises on cheese like "Chickboxer," but it is a fun movie that I recommend.