Singapore Sling (1990)
By: Dr. Obrero on June 4, 2006  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
Synapse (USA). All Regions, NTSC. 1.66:1 (16:9 enhanced). English DD 2.0 Mono. English Subtitles. 112 minutes
The Movie
Director: Nikos Nikolaidis
Starring: Panos Thanassoulis, Meredyth Herold, Michele Valley
Screenplay: Nikos Nikolaidis
Country: Greece
Bizarre Greek picture in which a detective searching for his lost love finds himself the prisoner of two mentally deranged women living in a secluded villa. Presenting at their front door, injured and barely conscious, the fruitloop duo, a widowed mother and daughter, nickname him 'Singapore Sling' and install him in an empty bedroom. However, it's not long before their hospitality takes a distinctly Kathy Batesian turn as the wounded gumshoe finds himself imprisoned in a nightmare... Not only that, but it seems that they may also be responsible for his lover's death!

Greek Director Nikos Nikolaidis has created one of the most disturbing and repellent cult films you will ever see, but also one of the most abysmal ones...a wannabe Thundercrack with the crazed protagonists committing various sexual atrocities upon the unfortunate prisoner amidst an atmosphere of decadence and decay. Sounds promising, and indeed the concept brings to mind Curt McDowell's excellent old dark house pastiche. Problem is Nikolaidis hasn't got a clue how to make a decent film, so what we wind up with is the psycho tag team's interest in deadly sexual domination and torture games being played out in a series of pointless, rambling, tedious badly staged scenes, intercut with randomly juxtaposed images of mud, flora and rain.

The hard to appreciate poorly lit darker scenes leave the viewer with a headache, the B&W photography is designed to give the film an aesthetic level, it doesn't – it just makes it appear cheap and nasty. The melodramatic performances are so far over the top as to be entirely down the other side, the script takes seriously everything that could only work as parody, and the director appears to have imbibed controlled substances before each day's shoot. At times indecent and, amongst all the nonsensical peculiarity, absurd and preposterous, Singapore Sling is little more than a tedious cavalcade of ineptly staged perversion.
After years of substandard video releases, Synapse's DVD edition presents the film in an excellent 1.66.1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, impressive considering the film's low-budget origins. The contrast is solid, with crisp detail present throughout the film's lighter moments. The one flaw is a vertical scratch that appears for a time around the hour mark.
The film is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, and the soundtrack is clear throughout. The film is offered in a version with a new batch of English subtitles to replace the originals that were burned into the print during Thanassoulis' voiceovers (recorded in Greek).
Extra Features
Extras consist of a trailer and still gallery. I can't imagine why anyone associated with this film would want to come forward and admit it, never mind expound upon it. First up is the original theatrical trailer, presented in widescreen. It gives away a few of the more outré moments in the film. Also on the disc is a stills gallery, presented in slideshow format, and containing 11 images from the movie.
The Verdict
Decent presentation, but no matter how you polish a turd… Avoid like the plague.
Movie Score
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