Crank creators Neveldine and Taylorwho apparently no longer require the luxury of first namesscripted this tale of deranged young doctors in the L.A. coroners office who test each other to come up with ever more elaborate murders in hopes of stumping their colleagues as to the cause of death. The duo bring their crazed, anything-goes sensibility to the table, but they arent a perfect match with German director Marc Schoelermann, who seems to like his horror more brooding and artsy. So while our main characters engage in plenty of gratuitous sex, violence, and combinations of both, Schoelermann will be damned if he lets his main character, the rather obviously named Dr. Grey (Milo Ventimiglia), look like hes enjoying a second of it. As the new kid who gets swept up in all the madness, Ventimiglia is morose from the start, and not exactly the portrait of seduced innocence this story really needs. Nonetheless, when a movie opens with the diner scene from When Harry Met Sally as performed by cadavers, and later proceeds to sex scenes involving scalpels and needles, the actual plot is inconsequential. Fans of hard-R exploitation will love this; everyone else will likely be appalled. Screw em.
Marc SchoelermannAlyssa Milano, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Weston, Lauren Lee Smith, Dan Callahan, Johnny Whitworth, Mei Meloncon, Keir O'Donnell, Jarvis W. George, John De LancieBrian Taylor, Mark NeveldineTom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor, Skip WilliamsonMGM