In my beloved horror genre, few people can proudly bear the title Scream Queen. And it is not a term to be looked down on, it represents the power of women in horror, the ones who fight back against evil and survive. Jamie Lee Curtis is perhaps the Queen of the Scream Queen’s, and rightfully so. But the women in her company have also earned their place in horror history with the likes of Lynn Lowry, Debbie Rochon, Linnea Quigley, Dee Wallace and perhaps the newest member of the club, Danielle Harris, who became a horror icon in 1988 at the age of 11 in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. She has since starred in scores of horror films and even directed her own film. This month her newest film hits shelves, Inoperable.
Harris stars as Amy Barrett, a young woman who wakes up in a seemingly evacuated hospital during a violent Category 5 hurricane. But upon further investigation of her surroundings, Amy finds herself trapped in a time loop between the hospital and stuck in her car during the evacuation. And now she must find a way in one of the timelines to get help or be destined to repeat her traumatic day forever.
Harris is always enjoyable in genre films, she really gives her all and seems to have fun with her roles at the same time. Inoperable is an admirable attempt to mash up genres by combining survival, straight up horror, and time travel elements into one storyline. And while it doesn’t fully succeed with any of these, it still ends up to be an entertaining 80’s style retro flick with some jumps, some laughs and some inconsistency. It almost feels as if the writers came up with a fantastic premise but only had limited time to get the screenplay done, leaving many elements to not be explained or followed up on. But many times we don’t venture into horror for the details, we do it for fun, and there is some of that to be had in Inoperable, mostly thanks to Harris’ screen presence. Invite a few friends over, order a pizza and have a little fun.