The Corndog Man

  • 1998
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The title may suggest a goofy farce about mutant snack-food vigilantes, but this well-written movie actually combines dark comedy, drama and mystery as a mysterious main character (whose face we never see) plagues an apparent stranger in search of something from his past. In his rented room above a gas station, the telephone stalker opens a briefcase full...read more

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The title may suggest a goofy farce about mutant snack-food vigilantes, but this well-written movie actually combines dark comedy, drama and mystery as a mysterious main character (whose face we never see) plagues an apparent stranger in search of something from his past. In his rented room above a gas station, the telephone stalker opens a briefcase full of army memorabilia and a black-and-white photo of a boy. He calls Ace Barker (Noble Willingham), a lonely boat salesman who works at the "Triple K Sails" shop, saying he's interested in buying a boat. Ace is thrilled at a potential sale, but soon becomes annoyed as the man keeps him on the phone, asking question after question. Ace gets the caller to agree to come over to the shop, but he never shows up. The next morning, the man calls again, saying he still wants to buy the boat. But this time he begins asking Ace strange personal questions. This continues throughout that day and the next, and then into the next week. The phone calls escalate, and the mystery man (whom we eventually learn owns a corndog stand) begins to spy on Ace. As the phone calls continue, Ace becomes enraged and distracted, and begins slipping up at his job. We learn more about Ace and why this mysterious man is harassing him through a series of clues, all of which lead back to that photo and the army memorabilia. This gripping story unfolds slowly, teasing the viewer with pieces of conversation and snippets of songs, including a haunting blues tune with the lyrics, "It all comes back in the end. Careful what you say or do." This film is well acted and never gives itself away, keeping you interested throughout.

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  • Released: 1998
  • Rating: R
  • Review: The title may suggest a goofy farce about mutant snack-food vigilantes, but this well-written movie actually combines dark comedy, drama and mystery as a mysterious main character (whose face we never see) plagues an apparent stranger in search of somethin… (more)

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