Howdy all you Supercultists out there on the interwebz! I’m Bad Movie Professor Cameron Coker (BS in “Psychic Powers” with a minor in “Orgasms”) and I’ll be posting my hype-tacular speeches every week along with some long lost speeches from past Supercult Shows!
Jeremy “Powder” Reed is an albino young man with an incredible intellect and the ability to sense the thoughts of those around him. Jeremy’s abilities mark him as special but also make him an outcast. In a world of cruelty and bigotry can one man change the world for the better? Tonight the Supercult show questions the limits of the human mind and body. Pure energy has a name…it’s Powder!
Powder is a 1995 American fantasy drama film written and directed by Victor Salva and starring Sean Patrick Flanery in the titular role, with Jeff Goldblum, Mary Steenburgen, Bradford Tatum and Lance Henriksen in supporting roles. They filmed the movie throughout Texas and locations include Houston, Texas City, and Prairie View A&M University. The star, Sean Patric Flanery, later went on to play Indiana Jones in “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” and is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which he teaches.
For the most part Powder seems like a typical hokey inspiration story about society’s capacity for cruelty and the lone struggle for hope in a hopeless world, yadda yadda yadda. On the surface, Powder’s only crime is having it’s head up its own ass. Caryn James of The New York Times described the film as “lethally dull” and said, “This intensely self-important film has no idea how absurd and unconvincing it is.” All of the acting is cranked up to eleven, which gives the film an overbearing sense of hokey melodrama. Jeff Goldblum in particular can’t go five minutes without striking an overly dramatic pose or generally looking too damn fabulous for whatever the scene calls for. That on it’s own would make it perfect Supercult material…but wait! There’s more!
Director Victor Salva was somewhat notorious for pleading guilty to sexually molesting the 12-year old lead actor of his previous film, Clownhouse, a horror film about a trio of brothers who are stalked by a trio of escaped mental patients who have murdered some traveling circus clowns and taken their identities. Salva was sentenced to three years in prison, of which he served 15 months. Unfortunately for Powder, the details of his crime, arrest and conviction were made very public while they were trying to produce and market the film. This caused no small amount of discomfort to the movie’s studio and cast who didn’t find out until the film was in mid production. Imagine showing up late for work at the studio the day everyone found out! Now imagine that the studio you work for is Walt Disney.
Powder may be the first Disney movie directed by a registered sex offender. We do know, however, that Disney never distributed any more of Salva’s films. Today, Victor Salva is best known as the man behind the Jeepers Creepers franchise.
Despite the bad publicity, Powder became a modest hit earning $30 million on a budget of $10 million. It has a 6.5 on IMDB and a 47% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film even has a Bollywood remake under the title of Alag!
Robert Ebert gave the film two stars out of four saying, “Powder has all of the elements of a successful fantasy, and none of the insights. It’s a movie where intriguing ideas lie there on the screen, jumbled and unrealized. It leads up to bathos, not pathos, because not enough attention was paid to the underlying truth of the characters. They’re all just pawns for the plot gimmicks.“
Gimmicky, paranormal, albino, pawns! This one’s a doozy fellow supercultists!
The Supercult show is proud to present Powder!