Repo Man (Alex Cox, 1984)


What's it about? Juvenile delinquent Otto (Emilio Estevez) gets a job repossessing cars and is soon on the trail of a 1964 Chevy Malibu which is being erratically driven round LA by a mad scientist with two dead aliens in the boot.

Is it any good? The poster with the essay in place of a tag-line is still cooler than the rather uneven film, but there are still moments of genius throughout, from the opening scene, to the generic labels, to J. Frank Parnell’s specs, and of course the casting of Harry Dean Stanton. It’s maybe too self-consciously trying to fit into the off-the-wall-cult category, but it’s still the best satirical/punk/alien conspiracy/car-thief film out there.

Anything else I should know? Readers of a certain age might remember rubber-mouthed director Alex Cox as the original presenter of the BBC series Moviedrome, which screened a remarkably eclectic series of cult films during its run on TV, including the likes of Big Wednesday, Alligator and Q:The Winged Serpent. Refresh your memory here.

What does the Fonz think? Dude, where's my radioactive car?





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