Big Gay Horror Fan can count the jaw-dropping moments of his youth on one finger: the moment he witnessed dreamy man-on-the-job Tim Matheson hop out of bed with a young Meg Tilly (One Dark Night, Psycho II, Body Snatchers) in 1984’s environmental horror opus Impulse – and walk across the room butt naked!
Matheson and Tilly portray a boyfriend and girlfriend who return to a small town gone crazy due to a crisis in her family. A toxin spill has turned old mom suicidal and soon Matheson’s Stuart is affected as well. This edge turns decidedly creepy when he takes up a small town Lolita’s offer for oral pleasure.
The other true notable in this ABC Motion Pictures’ production is the legendary Hume Cronyn’s (1943’s Phantom of the Opera, Hitchcock’s Lifeboat) decidedly creepy turn as the town doctor. Meanwhile, Bill Paxton rivals similar early turns in Mortuary, Night Warning and television slasher Deadly Lessons by showing up as another twisted townsperson.
But while those performances deserve mention from a creative standpoint, for those remembering their man starved youths, this film still resonates for another reason. It will always be Matheson’s cheeky jaunt across the floor that makes this portrayal of psyches gone astray one of most memorable viewing moments of our still explorative lives!
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