KISS OF THE BEAST; PHANTOMS
The mood sustained by the film is unusually effective. As director, Charles Band tends to overdo the slow-motion camerawork, symptomatic of well-budgeted eroticas penchant to take itself on the pretentiously serious side. Nevertheless, some of the fantastique erotic images in the film are undeniably potent like the striking scene where the twin transforms into the beast at the point of orgasm during sex with Sherilyn Fenn, or the image of the beast appearing to caress Fenn as she sits on a bed in a white nightgown. The scene that works the best in the film is the surprise when the priest tells Sherilyn Fenn that the maid Martha (Hilary Mason), who has been established as an unremarkable support character, died six months before. Considerable aid is received from Pino Donaggios moody score. On the less convincing side, the wolf looks somewhat cartoonish with its cute ears and far too anthropomorphically expressive face.
The moodily handsome Malcolm Jamieson is effective as both the handsomely cruel brother and his haunted good twin. The films non-performer is Sherilyn Fenn who has still to demonstrate any real ability in anything she has been in other than taking her clothes off. All she demonstrates here is a cross-eyed vacancy and one is at a loss, other than the obvious hormonal one, to explain where the short-lived Sherilyn Fenn cult came from.
Charles Band has produced over 200 films. As director, his other genre films include:- Crash (1977), Parasite (1982), The Alchemist (1983), Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983), an episode of The Dungeonmaster/Ragewar: The Challenges of Excalibrate (1984), Trancers/Futurecop (1985), Pulse Pounders (1988), Crash and Burn (1990), Trancers II (1991), Doctor Mordrid (1992), Dollman Vs. the Demonic Toys (1993), Prehysteria! (1993), Head of the Family (1996), The Creeps/Deformed Monsters (1997), Hideous (1997), Mystery Monsters (1997), Blood Dolls (1999), Puppet Master: The Legacy (2003), Dr Moreaus House of Pain (2004), Decadent Evil (2005), Doll Graveyard (2005), The Gingerdead Man (2005), Evil Bong (2006), Petrified (2006), Dead Mans Hand (2007), Decadent Evil II (2007), Dangerous Worry Dolls (2008), Evil Bong II: King Bong (2009), Skull Heads (2009), Evil Bong 3D: The Wrath of Bong (2011), Killer Eye: Halloween Haunt (2011), The Dead Want Women (2012), Devildolls (2012), Puppet Master X: Axis Rising (2012), Ooga Booga (2013), Unlucky Charms (2013), Gingerdead Man vs Evil Bong (2013), Trophy Heads (2014), Evil Bong 420 (2015), King of Cult (2015), Evil Bong: High 5 (2016), Evil Bong 666 (2017) and Puppet Master: Axis Termination (2017).