Monday, October 1, 2012

Lick It Up: "Killer Tongue" (1999)

Looking at the video box, you might think this is going to be another spoof of those silly 1950's horror films involving radiation poisoned giant animals. You are so wrong.

In a nutshell, a meteor crashes to earth and a chunk is ingested by a former nun waiting for her boyfriend to be released from prison. Her tongue grows to about ten feet long, and eventually talks to her. Hijinks of the most offensive order ensue.

This is such an off the wall surreal nightmare that you must see it to believe it. So many scenes can only be mentioned by their generic names but watch out for the port-a-potty scene, the bathtub scene, the confessional scene, and the super glue scene.

This somehow escaped with an (R) rating. It has a lot of material that kids should not see, but this is also one of the funniest films out there. My one small complaint is that I could not get this in letterbox version, on the TV screen it really suffers. Robert Englund, as the prison director, gives a better performance here than in all the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" films combined. He shows that his acting genius does not have to include fright makeup, and he should be allowed to do more of these over the top horror comedies. The entire cast looks like they were having a lot of fun here, and it rubs off on the viewer in the right mood. (* * * * *) out of five stars.