Viewers who recall director Tim Kincaid's flamboyantly awful 80s cheapo sci-fi epics--the cheesy ROBOT HOLOCAUST, the sleazy BREEDERS, the queasy MUTANT HUNT-- may feel let down by the wheezy SHE'S BACK.
Poor Paul (Robert Joy), a mild-mannered electrician in Queens, N.Y., is saddled with nagging wife Bea (Carrie Fisher). An overacting street gang has been robbing residents and shaking down local businesses, and during a brutal raid on Paul's house they murder the uncooperative Bea. Subsequently
her ghost visits Paul and threatens to haunt the poor guy for eternity unless he tracks down and kills all the marauding punks. With the invisible Bea at his side, Paul bunglingly offs a few of them before finding an ally in his next-door neighbor, paramilitary garbageman Sherman Bloom (Matthew
Cowles), who has his own ideas of cleaning up the streets. Together they lure the remaining gang members into the gadget-filled house, and Bea has her revenge at last.
Much to its discredit, SHE'S BACK utilizes a static, 50s sitcom style. Not only does the camera barely move, the sets look like they were borrowed from a community theater, and as for spooky special effects, well, sometimes Bea pops up on Paul's TV screen, but that's about it for creative
Rubbery Robert Joy, who's trodden the boards of Broadway and Hollywood in character parts, makes a sympathetic nerd in a LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS vein, and actress cum novelist Carrie Fisher wrings a few laughs out of her spectral kvetch, but neither can save such dim material. The punks act too
broadly to be menacing and New York City police, personified by Detective Brophy (Sam Coppola), are slammed throughout as uncaring louts. Kincaid coyly keeps the continual violence offscreen, at least until the climactic massacre. That bloodbath highlights the real stars of the movie--the homebrew
"Trashbo" weaponry built by Ken Walker and wielded by Paul and Sherman. There's a cutlery gun, acid spray contraptions, and an inverted sink-disposal unit that drills out the lead punk's brain.
This anemic comedy, which bore the more descriptive working title "Dead and Married," played Miami cinemas in the summer of 1989 before sailing into the Bermuda Triangle of lost films. The video-releasing company, folded, and SHE'S BACK languished in limbo until LIVE Home Video brought it out on
tape in late 1991. (Violence, profanity, sexual situations.)
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- Released: 1991
- Rating: R
- Review: Viewers who recall director Tim Kincaid's flamboyantly awful 80s cheapo sci-fi epics--the cheesy ROBOT HOLOCAUST, the sleazy BREEDERS, the queasy MUTANT HUNT-- may feel let down by the wheezy SHE'S BACK. Poor Paul (Robert Joy), a mild-mannered electricia… (more)