(Sam Raimi, 1985)
Similar in tone to the EVIL DEAD series, in the way that it’s inspired by Tex Avery and the Three Stooges, complete with silly voices and cartoon violence. However, you can almost taste the re-editing and re-scoring of this flick, and the main character is almost unwatchably bad.
Still, some good things: a few inspired set pieces mired in the middle, an extended Bruce Campbell cameo, and Brion James and Paul Smith eat up their villain roles. Also of interest because it’s a Coen Bros/Raimi collaboration. But both directors have done the cartoon violence/Avery tribute better (RAISING ARIZONA, EVIL DEAD series). Fans of either should tread very lightly with CRIMEWAVE, as it’s been flatly disowned by the filmmakers.