PUMP UP THE VOLUME (1990) and EMPIRE RECORDS (1995) director Allan Moyle's shaggy dog tale about small-town junkies, Satanists and medieval role-playing dwarves is an amusing trifle.
Slacker junkies Royce Gordon (Wes Bentley) and Dexter Ryan (Scott Speedman), of semi-rural Weedsville, pop. 5000 – fondly dubbed "Weirdsville" by disaffected locals -- have a problem. They owe $1,700.00 to dealer and curling enthusiast Omar (Raoul Bhaneja), and that's not counting the drugs they were supposed to sell to work off the debt, but on which Dexter's girlfriend, sometime-hooker Mattie (Taryn Manning), just OD'd. Rather than involve the police, Royce and Dexter decide to bury Mattie in the basement of the abandoned drive-in theater where Dexter worked until he was fired by upwardly-mobile jerk Abel Vinton (Greg Bryk).Unfortunately, newly-minted Satanist Abel has chosen that same drive-in as the site of his first human sacrifice to the dark lord, and Mattie isn't dead: She wakes up as Abel cuts the throat of none-too-bright hanger-on Todd (Shayne Wyler), giving away the fact that Abel and his crew aren't alone and briefly leading them to believe their sacrifice has actually raised someone from the dead. Dexter, Mattie and Royce flee, then try to execute their standby plan to pay off Omar by robbing the mansion of hippie billionaire Jason Taylor (Matt Frewer), who's languishing in the hospital after a freak icicle-to-the-brain accident. Plan B goes no better than the drive-in burial: Taylor's sullen nephew, Jeremy (Joe Dinicol), is in the house, Dexter and Royce get separated from Mattie and manage to piss off a dwarf security guard (Jordan Prentice), while Mattie forms an unlikely alliance with Jeremy. Abel and his right hand, Treena (Maggie Castle), continue to search for the witnesses to their devil worshipping even as Abel begins to doubt that Satan appreciates his devotion. "Lucifer is supposed to be helping us," he snaps petulantly, "not plaguing us with dwarves and junkies."
Willem Wennekers' larky script and Moyle's solid directing give the offbeat cast plenty of room to have fun with their characters, and they do.
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- Released: 2007
- Rating: R
- Review: PUMP UP THE VOLUME (1990) and EMPIRE RECORDS (1995) director Allan Moyle's shaggy dog tale about small-town junkies, Satanists and medieval role-playing dwarves is an amusing trifle. Slacker junkies Royce Gordon (Wes Bentley) and Dexter Ryan (Scott Spee… (more)