Have you ever wanted to watch a gross-out zombie film, but it never has enough buddy comedy in it? Have you ever wanted to watch a gritty 80s cop action film, but it just doesn't give you enough Evil Dead nightmares? Have you ever said "I really like Treat Williams, but I wish there was a movie that paired him with a Saturday Night Live alumni most people never knew existed"? Dead Heat is just the perfect movie for you!
This movie starts as one genre, 80s buddy cop action film, including angry black boss cop guy threatening to take away their badges. It is hilarious, not in "this movie is funny" way, but in a nanar kind of way. Treat Williams, man of a bunch of very very low-grade action films, and Joe Piscopo, a man I quite literally never knew even possibly existed and thought was just a guy related to Lou Ferrigno. The jokes are terrible, the sets are ridiculously cardboard looking, but the gun fight is ridiculous and entertaining enough.
Wait for it ...
Worth the wait, wasn't it?!
The movie isn't terrible, not really. Ok, yeah, it is. It really is. Cheesy and terrible and lucky it is shot on location most of the time because other than the one set, all the built sets look like poo. It is just ridiculous beyond all reason. It isn't QUITE bad enough for me to willingly call it nanar, but it can definitely scratch that same itch. There is so much I want to just share and tell you about this movie, but I'm actually very surprised to find very few people have heard about it or talk about. Even the reviewers I follow that specialize in just this kind of crazy ridiculousness, no one has touched on it. So hey, it was crazy fun, absolutely ridiculous, and needs to be watched. Even if the quality isn't actually all that high.