Sherilyn Fenn as: Catherine
Malcolm Jamieson as: Lawerence/ Oliver
Charlie Spradling (as Charlie) as: Gina
Hilary Manson as: Martha
Phil Fondacaro as: Dwarf
Gina (Charlie Spradling) works as an art restorer in Italy. She is given an ancient painting to work on. She reluctantly does so, even though her friend Catherine (Sherilyn Fenn) has now moved there, as well, because she’s inherited her dad’s castle. They go to a carnival together were they meet a handsome magician (Malcolm Jamieson) and his crew. Gina and Catherine invite them over for dinner. At the dinner both girls are drugged and taken advantage of. We also soon learn that he has an identical twin. This brother sleeps with Catherine. When, both girls wake up they are understandably pissed off. But, soon Catherine develops feelings for the good twin, who is actually a werewolf like monster. He needs to find someone who loves him, as that person is the only one who can kill him and set him free. Catherine is, meanwhile, haunted by a pretty, blonde female ghost and the image of her dead, bloody corpse. Catherine must figure out the mystery and see if she can save her love from his horrible curse and his cruel and evil brother.
Back in the day, when I was a kid, I watched a lot of Charles Band’s low budget cult/ horror/ and sci-fi company Full Moon’s movies. A lot of them were bad, something I knew even back then. But, I always thought that “Meridian”, which Band also directed, was one of the best films to come out of the studio. Revisiting it, I can say that while it is one of the studio’s best efforts, it’s still far from being good…
But, I’ll begin with what I did like about it. Gregg Cannon, who would go on to do another horny werewolf type monster in “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, does excellent work with the look of the monster. It’s a very cool creature. So, that even in the ridiculous moment where Fenn has sex with the beast (yes, this actually happens in the movie…), at least it always looks awesome. Even, if what is happening is pretty hard to take serious.
The other major factor in making me vaguely recommend this one is the cast. Jamieson is excellent as both brothers. He is evil and utterly heartless as the villain, and yet likeable and warm as the good brother. Fenn is quite good in her role. But, it’s her looks and frequent nudity that really makes it for me. She has a spectacular body and looks amazing nude. It’s definitely what caught my interest the most as a kid. Meanwhile, Charlie does what she can with her limited role. She starred in a lot of the Full Moon movies of the time and hosted the cool behind the scenes features that accompanied the VHS releases back then. She also had a killer body. Which she thankfully she shows it off in this movie.
Unfortunately, there is very little more praise I can give “Meridian”. It moves very slowly and is fairly boring. Not much of anything really happens, and the movie doesn’t get interesting till the climax, mostly because something finally does happen! That said the ending is weak as it ends in such a convenient way where everything is so nicely resolved that it is ridiculous.
There isn’t a whole a lot of violence in the film, though I did learn that werewolf like monsters can shoot crossbows! Who knew? There is a lot of softcore sex, which is yet another aspect that caught my eye as a kid. But, as an adult, other than looking at Fenn’s wonderous boobs, it’s not enough to really qualify as something that thoroughly holds my attention. And, the truth is there are far more erotic movies out there.
The final and biggest problem with the movie is the script. It’s hard to believe that Paoli, who wrote my all time favorite movie “Re-Animator” as well as “From Beyond”and others, did this script. It’s lazy and corny. It’s filled with plot-holes, the largest of which is why they have to drug the girls, and why is Fenn’s character is ultimately OK with what happens and even falls in love with one of the guys?!
Regardless of this, as I said before it does rank among the better Full Moon movies and is certainly one of director Band’s best films. I would definitely say that Fenn fans should give it a look. It is, at least, always nice to look at, whether it be because of the beautiful female cast or the backgrounds. But, it’s nowhere near as good as I or you, for those of you who saw it as a kid like I did, remember it to be.