Tales Beyond Madness

More of a sketchbook than a proper feature, this still contains enough singularly Packardian moments to keep me satisfied. For me, it all comes down to the moment when the animated corpse of Rutger Hauer crashes a college party and announces he's not signing autographs. But after the comic highlights of "John Carpenter's Corpse" (from which the Hauer gag comes), this falls apart. I'm not sure what Packard wanted to achieve with his live-action quasi-remake of NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, and the final episode, "Lost in the Thinking," gets by on pretty much nothing besides weird good cheer. I have to admit that I laughed a lot at Packard inserting himself into the TV documentary about Geoffrey Unsworth, though now I couldn't tell you why.