Corbin Nash is an odd film. Despite having a very talented cast of supporting players including Rutger Hauer, Corey Feldman, Bruce Davidson, and Malcom McDowell, it is a terrible movie.
The story follows the title character, Corbin Nash, as he goes from being a rogue detective to being a demon hunter. You’d think with a plot that simple, it would be hard to deviate from a straight story line. But, somehow director and co-screenwriter Ben Jagger manages to put together a film that is convoluted, nonsensical, and just plain bad.
As Corbin Nash, Dean S. Jagger can’t act his way out of a paper bag. His performance is wooden and boring. He also co-wrote the script, so you’d think he would be more in touch with the material. C’est la vie.
The only interesting part of the whole film is the performance of former teen star Corey Feldman, who plays a transsexual vampire. Feldman’s performance steals the show and is quiet entertaining.
I’m a fan of Feldman, not only because I enjoyed him in Stand By Me and Lost Boys, but also because he was attached to a project I wrote – Champion of the People. “Champ” was a proposed tv series about a former pro wrestler (Adonis Truth) who is elected mayor of a small town. Feldman was to play Pharaoh Creed, the mayor’s chief of staff. WWE legend Bret Hart was also attached to play the mayor.
We failed to get financing when the project was originally put together, and the talent went their separate ways. But who knows? Maybe we’ll return to it at a later date. If a project as bad as Corbin Nash can get financing, it stands to reason that anything can get financing.
How bad is Corbin Nash? The title character has his own name tattooed on his chest – a move apparently made because Dean S. Jagger is so bad in his role that without the label on his chest audiences would forget he’s part of the story.
If you are a Corey Feldman fan, the DVD is worth renting – as long as you fast forward only to his parts. Otherwise avoid this title at all costs.
There are films that are so bad, they’re good. This is not one of them. It is just plain bad.
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