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|Last Gasp (1995)|
The Kushner-Locke Company, Romania/USA
[Note: While I was still working on Mind Ripper, Kushner-Locke asked me to also do publicity
on this movie, based on an old screenplay by David N. Twohy (here credited under the
name "Pierce Milestone"). As the shooting schedules for both films overlapped, I soon found myself
running two separate publicity units in Hungary and Romania, and at weekends travelling back to
London via Zurich airport! Unfortunately, unlike my experience on Mind Ripper, Last Gasp
was not an enjoyable experience—the two stars were deeply unpleasant to work with, while
co-Line Producer/actor Don Edmonds (director of the infamous Ilsa movies) was one of the most
obnoxious people I have ever encountered. Also, Romania was not an ideal substitute for the script's
Mexican locations. At least I got on well enough with actor-turned-director Scott McGinnis and
such supporting performers as the underrated Vyto Ruginis, Mimi Craven and the delightful Nan Martin,
but this was probably my least favourite movie experience—not helped by learning of the premature
death of my friend Karl Edward Wagner while I was away on location. Stefan Jaworzyn and Mandy Slater were my publicity assistants.
According to Mexican legend, the barbarous Totec indian tribe live forever, their soul
escaping from their body with their dying breath and invading the nearest human. When ruthless
property developer Leslie Chase has the tribe wiped out for interfering with his construction plans
on their sacred land, he makes the gruesome mistake of murdering the indian chieftain himself, inhaling
a breath of pure terror from the mouth of evil. Now the sacrificial spirit of the tribe lives on
in his body, cursing him with the need to kill and kill again, then partially devour his victims
to feed his inner demons. Wherever he goes, death follows close behind, spreading terror and
torment like a plague. Last Gasp . . . You'll be breathless with fear.
• LAST GASP (Romania/USA, 1995).
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