MUSTANG SALLY’S HORROR HOUSE
Directed & Written by Iren Koster
Produced b: Iren Koster & Tracey Silvers
Director of Photography Aldo Antonelli
Music by Rick Kellis and Iren Koster
Cast: E.G. Daily, Mark Parrish, Lindsey Labrum
2006/88 mins/Color/Dolby Digital 5.1
2.35:1/English/USA/NTSC Region 1
Review from the MTI Home Video DVD
JOSH HENDERSON and his buddies are looking for adventure and a chance to escape from small town life. When they overhear a group of bikers talking about a wild brothel with gorgeous women, the group decides to take a road trip. When they arrive, MUSTANG SALLY, the madam of the house, quickly matches each guy with a woman. Just as the guys start to enjoy themselves, they find out Mustang Sally’s isn’t what it appears. The women turn into vicious murderers intent on killing each one of the men. The guys realize their only chance of survival is to fight back before they become victims of MUSTANG SALLY’S HORROR HOUSE.
The least said about this film, the better. A myriad of problems plagues MUSTANG SALLY’S HORROR HOUSE to the point where the movie is on the level of student film quality. Like any bad movie, the writing, acting, production, editing, and just about everything else is amateurish and not even up to caliber of a B-movie. The actors look like they were pulled off the street and put directly on to the set without any preparation. At times, the actors seem to be reading off cue cards or trying their hardest to remember their lines since they appear to be looking off to the side when they should be looking at another actor on screen.
Iren Koster, the nephew of acclaimed director Henry Koster, who did such films HARVEY, THE ROBE, and THE BISHOP’S WIFE, must have been reading a screenwriting book while writing the script since Koster tries to cram every element, no matter how out of place, of a script into its “assigned” point in the story. To Koster’s benefit, the twist ending is the only notable part of the entire film. At least some thought and effort is put into the ending of the script, but it hardly makes up for the rest of the film.
The editing creates a perplexing sense of space and time. A character will be standing at a house in one shot, and then in the next shot, will be in the woods, and then back to the house in the following shot. Maybe this is too picky, but either the characters can teleport through space or someone messed up on the continuity.
MUSTANG SALLY’S HORROR HOUSE seems like more of a movie suited for MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000, which makes it an entertaining film to watch. But, that’s not to say films of this caliber don’t have their place in cinema history. Every film, no matter how good or bad leaves its mark. MUSTANG SALLY, though, leaves its mark as a guide as to how not to make a movie.
MTI Home Video DVD has a descent transfer. The image has little grain, and is presented in 2.35:1 Widescreen. The Dolby Digital audio is clear sometimes, but there is at least one scene in which the audio isn’t mixed properly. The audio from one scene carries over into the next scene, so the same audio is heard for two scenes. There isn’t much use of off-screen sound or on-screen sound for that matter.
The DVD contains no real features. The trailer is included, but nothing else. Don’t expect much from the DVD or the movie itself. This is about as bare bones as a DVD comes.
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Review by Terry Westhoff. All Right Reserved. 2007. ©