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Stuff Stephanie in the Incinerator (1990): Toss in the Celluloid As Well

Stuff Stephanie in the Incinerator (Don Nardo, 1990)

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Yet more box art that has nothing to do with the film. photo credit: vhscollector.com

As I was reading up on this dog in preparation to write a review, I saw a line that made everything clear. “This is a Troma film…” Indeed it is, and it suffers the hallmarks of every Troma film I’ve ever seen—the acting is horrifying, the script is terrible, the special effects are worse than those in most no-budget student films, the humor is funny as long as you’re under the age of twelve, etc. (Spoiler alert: Stephanie never gets stuffed in the incinerator. I don’t actually recall seeing an incinerator during the entire film.) What makes this one different from its Troma contemporaries is that there’s actually a fantastic hook to this movie, one that, done right, could provide the basis for a brilliant thriller: Stephanie and Jared (Catherine Dee and William Dame) are a fabulously wealthy married couple who enjoy setting up elaborate scenes and acting them out with their friend Robert (M. R. Murphy). Everything is going along okay, but Stephanie is tired of the games and wants to get out; Robert, who’s carrying a torch for her, is willing to help out. But the only way out may be to kill Jared. It’s begging to be remade as a straight noir with a talented cast and a director who knows what the hell he’s doing, two things that did not plague Stuff Stephanie in the Incinerator in the least. And that may well be a film worth watching. This, on the other hand, is not. *

Trailer.

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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