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Plot: Fed up of his business partner, Ernest Trend hires the services of two exterminators. When things go drastically wrong and they murder the wrong man, the race is on to frame an innocent video surveillance man.
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Let’s See the REAL Cut of This!
The first of two cinematic collaborations between Sam Raimi and the Coen brothers (“The Hudsucker Proxy,” on which Raimi was Second Unit Director, is the other), this hilarious movie could have, SHOULD have, been a lot funnier. The story behind why it ISN’T is just as wacky as the flick itself:
After the unexpected success of “Evil Dead” in 1982-’83, Embassy Pictures, which had released “Escape From New York,” among others, contacted the young Sam Raimi about possibly directing a comedy written by two up-and-comers named Joel and Ethan Coen. Raimi read the riotous script and was eager to put it on film, keeping in close contact with the Coens so he could capture the zany spirit of the script intact. Operating on an extremely tight budget, and with constant interference from the studio, “The XYZ Murders” (the film’s original title) was finished sometime in 1984 — and promptly shelved. Never liking or understanding the humor of the movie, the executives at Embassy (being pressured to find a hit because the studio was floundering) told Raimi, “No, this is another one of your CULT movies, we don’t WANT that.” (These are not, by the way, my words; this is all from an interview in “Fangoria” Sam Raimi did in 1985 or ’86. **EDIT 2018: the interview is in issue #64, 1987, page 33**) So, the studio, trying to keep afloat, re-edited the final cut of the movie, releasing it as “Crimewave.” It did not, of course, work, as Embassy Pictures went bankrupt that same year, but not because of this film — Embassy was finished long before they released this, actually.
If there was some way Raimi and the Coens could, I wish they would go back to this movie and either remake it or re-release it in its intended form. “Crimewave” was good, but you could tell it had been butchered (which gave it its uneven tone). In the “Fangoria” interview, Raimi confessed he regretted the way “The XYZ Murders” turned out — so why not re-do it now that he can probably do anything he wants (thanks to the “Spider-Man” series)?
What a shame that a struggling movie studio took a great, unique, funny movie and turned it into a curiosity. I’m sure, as we all know, THAT never happens anymore.
This movie is so bad it’s almost weird.
I recently read Bruce Campbell’s highly entertaining and informative first book, If Chins Could Kill, which served to instill within me a heightened interest in seeing his more obscure roles over the years, other than his role as Ash in the Evil Dead films, some of my favorite horror films of all time (as well as some of my favorite horror performances). In attempting to check out some of those movies that I had never seen, I watched Crimewave which, being the honest man that he is, Campbell came right out in his book and said that no matter how you slice it, the film is a dog and everyone involved should line up for their forty whacks. And he wasn’t kidding. Wow.
One flaw that permeates the entire film is a nonstop barrage of stupid, badly dubbed sound effects that don’t belong and don’t work. They are the kind of sound effects that belong in Bugs Bunny cartoons, like gunshot sounds when someone makes a witty remark. Bruce plays the role of Renaldo the Heel who, given the feeble plot, need not be described as anything more than some jerk. The villains in this film are absolutely ludicrous, they are some of the worst bad movie performances I’ve ever seen.
Remember that bully that roughed up Charlie Chaplin in Easy Street? He was completely overblown and exaggerated in every way because he was acting in a silent film in 1917, which explained his bizarre mannerisms and movements and behavior. In this movie, they took that exact villain and gave him a voice. Just as overblown and exaggerated, except now he talks like he acts and just comes off as goofy. His sidekick is even worse.
The weirdest thing about this movie is the talent that was involved in it’s production. It was written by the Coen brothers and directed by Sam Raimi, and starred, to some extent, Bruce Campbell who, b-movie virus or not, has a huge cult following. Unfortunately he was right, this movie is just a disaster, and I can understand why Bruce described this as their first taste of real failure.
Keep your eye out for two jerks in the ballroom scene smugly sipping martinis. During production of the film, these two guys all but extorted $30,000 from the production team for the use of the ballroom, and demanded as an added bonus that they get to appear in the movie. Can you imagine that someone spent $30,000 just for a location for this movie??
Before I go, let me just say that I have all the respect in the world for the people involved in making the movie. Some things just don’t work out, and this was one of them. Some of the performances are just unforgivable, but I actually think that Bruce performed well, the problem is that his character is badly written. He was asked to act stupidly, but at least he did a good job of it! Too bad the story is virtually unintelligible
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 23 min (83 min)
Genre Comedy, Crime, Horror
Director Sam Raimi
Writer Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Sam Raimi
Actors Louise Lasser, Brion James, Paul L. Smith
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm