​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN (1999)

 

Well, isn’t this something.  This insane Canadian movie is an almost dead-on spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies, with Campbell Scott playing a visiting atomic scientist (!) perfectly deadpan, reciting the absurd lines he needs to deliver straight and true absolutely hilarious.  Think Leslie Nielsen in Airplane! playing the doctor.  That’s what you have here.  The plot?  Well, something is eating the residents of the town of Exceptional Vista!  The town hasn’t been the same since the nut factory closed.  The hilarious Fiona Loewi is Sandy Fawkes (pronounced “fox,” and she is), owner of the local motel along with brother Guy (Tom Everett Scott playing a real whackjob) and she is SO HAPPY to see that Dr. Karel Lamonte (Campbell Scott) is visiting from the Atomic Academy.  Meanwhile, something is killing the residents of Exceptional Vista and the doctor, Sandy, the insane Officer Gale (Hardee T. Linehan), Deputy Dana and Mayor Claire (an extremely funny Bernard Behrens) all try to solve the mystery in the most 50s way possible!  Behrens as the mayor says things like “St. Lawrence on a skewer” or “by the fruit of Mary’s womb” when he gets particularly exasperated.  Top of the Food Chain is a cult movie waiting to be discovered – or maybe rediscovered.  It can be found on Hulu this month and the more familiar you are with 50s sci-fi, the more you will get out of this.  Featuring traveling banjo salesmen and dialogue like “that interference in the transmission is definitely being caused by...oh, some sort of interference to be sure" and “we found the body in the bumpy, hilly section of town out of town,” Top of the Food Chain is glorious insanity.  Directed by John Paizs, who also did a crime movie spoof called crime Wave.  I need to go take a look at that.  Available on Hulu.

 

TLA one-word review: crackers!