With the budgets of Hollywood filmmakers rising to preposterous levels (for some equally preposterous films) in the late 1970s, it took a young filmmaker to prove that high-quality material could still be made on a budget of just $33,000. For his debut feature, produced in association with
the American Film Institute, director Brest depicts a student overwhelmed by his obsession with death. There's a lot of energy in this black comedy, leading up to a fine ending that interweaves visuals in counterpoint to appropriate music. Brest uses his cast of professionals (most notably Welles,
and Villechaize of television's "Fantasy Island") with good skill, combining footag...