I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998)

I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998)

Directed by: Aris Iliopulos

Starring: Billy Zane, Tippi Hedren, Ron Perlman

So this is a pretty weird movie. It’s based on an Ed Wood script he wrote before he died, and the whole thing has no dialogue, just really shitty 90’s pop-punk music and a couple blocks of text explaining what characters are.

Billy Zane robs a bank and hangs out in a cemetery afterward. Unfortunately, he has some sort of super-sensitive hearing that makes him be in extreme pain when there’s a lot of noise (yet he shoots guns off all the time with no problem) and he has to run away when Ron Perlman starts playing the bagpipes, stashing the loot in the soon-to-be-buried coffin. When he returns the next day, he finds that the coffin is empty (well, of money), and goes on a killing spree to everyone who was at the funeral in an effort to get his money back.

I think the director was trying to copy Ed Wood’s style here, but it really doesn’t work at all. To the point where you wonder if he had ever even seen an Ed Wood movie. Overall, it’s just a weird movie, but it certainly isn’t boring. Weirdly enough, Billy Zane seems like he was born to be an insane silent movie villain, as he actually does a really good job in this.

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