Straight to Hell (1987)

Genres - Adventure, Comedy, Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Absurd Comedy, Farce, Parody/Spoof  |   Release Date - Jun 26, 1987 (USA)  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Andrea LeVasseur

A spoof of spaghetti Westerns made by the director of Sid & Nancy and starring members of the Clash and the Pogues sounds like a good idea, but doesn't actually come together in Straight to Hell. Lacking any real narrative, the bank-robbing plot is barely held together by a series of weird violent actions. There is a lot of senseless killing and the setting is convincing, but there does not seem to be a comic angle to approach the genre. With the rushed writing and filming schedule, it seems the film as a whole was an excuse to have a Hollywood party in Spain. The characters are mostly annoying, especially a young Courtney Love as a killer's pregnant girlfriend, who whines through all of the action. Painful to watch, she almost mimics a viewer's response to the movie in the line, "Can we go now? This is really boring for me." The soundtrack and many cameo appearances by movie stars and musicians are most likely what propelled this film into cult status.