Chandler’s Trailers: “Warning Sign” (1985)

000warningsign      Being a mixture of prior infectious germs on the loose scenarios from “The Satan Bug” to “The Andromeda Strain” to  George C. Scott’s virtually forgotten “Rage” (whose more intimate, low-key exploration of a public crisis is an approach that would certainly have yielded interesting results here) to “The Crazies”, with a bit of “Night of the Living Dead” thrown in for familiarity’s sake, “Warning Sign” is a meant to be a harrowing crisis drama concerning a carelessly released deadly contagion into the atmosphere of biological research lab  which masquerades to the outside world as an agricultural research facility when naturally it is engaged in covert  germ warfare development (according to the movies such facilities are so numerous they outnumber McDonalds). Since the endangered are limited to the employees of the research building, this affords the opportunity for the local hayseeds to storm the castle with the contemporary version of torches and pitchforks straight out of a Universal Frankenstein film, that is until the arrival of local sheriff  Cal Morse (Sam Waterston) who, by virtue of the kind of convenient career coincidences found all too frequently in uninspired formula movies, is married to the plant’s security officer Joanie (a tremulous Kathleen Quinlan) and is able to stop the townsfolk in their track with attitude and a bit of foot stomping.

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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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