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SOLE SURVIVOR (1983) **

Denise (Anita Skinner) is a commercial producer who is the only survivor of an (offscreen) plane crash.  After the accident, weirdos start coming out of the woodwork and stand around gawking at her.  This makes her very uncomfortable, particularly when a nutty washed-up psychic actress starts having bizarre premonitions about her.  She romances up a young doctor and when she tells him about all the vagrants who are eyeballing her, he tells her that she’s just suffering from “survivor’s syndrome”, which means she just feels guilty that everyone else on the plane died and she gets to live.  Actually, “death” is kinda pissed off that Denise survived the crash and he’s sent an army of zombie hitmen to whack her.

 

This tame, PG rated chiller is kinda like Carnival of Souls Meets Final Destination, except that it’s not nearly as scary as the first film and lacks the outlandish death scenes of the latter.  It would’ve made a halfway decent episode of Twilight Zone though. 

 

The set-up is sound but the movie’s “rules” are extremely vague to say the least.  The movie also suffers from too many ideas and not enough money.  The crash itself is never shown, but the aftermath is well done, especially considering the film’s obviously low budget.  (The legless guy was pretty impressive.) 

 

Although somewhat predictable and slow moving, director Thom Eberhardt is at least able to build up a modicum of atmosphere.  While Sole Survivor is certainly a watchable affair, it’s nothing you haven’t seen before.  I can’t say it’s quite a “good” movie, but any flick featuring a topless Brinke Stevens playing Strip Poker can’t be all bad now can it?

 

Eberhardt went on to make the classic Night of the Comet next.

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