Hard to Die (1990)

Genres - Action, Comedy, Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Horror Comedy  |   Run Time - 77 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Roger Corman's Concorde-New Horizons studio rolled out this nutty exploitation hybrid -- a half-baked attempt to fuse a Die Hard action theme (hence the title) to a T&A psycho-horror flick in the hope of producing direct-to-video pay dirt. Viewed on those terms, it almost works. The story begins (here goes) with a group of lovely female employees doing late-night inventory in the basement of the Acme Lingerie Company. After having the pants scared off them (nearly, anyway) by the creepy janitor and getting conveniently drenched by the sprinkler system, they move upstairs to take long showers and change into the company stock. The horror portion of the plot kicks in when they inadvertently open an unmarked package, releasing a malevolent ghost which possesses one of the girls. A convenient twist reveals a crate of weapons, leading to a hot-lead showdown with the demonic cutie. Long-time Corman pal Jim Wynorski applies some comic flair, including his usual references to different Corman projects, for which this film must set some kind of record. Look for Famous Monsters creator Forrest J. Ackerman in a wacky cameo.




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