Written by Mr. Mouseburger 21st Feb 2006
Kindly submitted by Ocafi
Joanna Goodman is a two-timing wife of Clint (q.v.) who decides she wants to trade up to a rich doctor, Cort van Owen (q.v.). Later in the film, it's revealed that she was pregnant with husband Clint's baby, and it was Cort that had helped her abort the baby. She was attracted to the doctor, but was tied down with her construction worker husband. What to do to remedy this?? Aha! She decides to kill her husband and claim the insurance money!
It seems the doctor collects rare poisonous tropical fish, and that a certain blowfish's poison is so potent that a few drops will cause severe cardiac arrest within moments of ingestion. Best of all [for the scriptwriters], it is undetectable after being consumed. He extracts the poison from the delicacy's poison sac, and injects it in a vial for Joanna to pour on Clint's dinner.
That night, she puts it in Clint's wine glass, but in her hesitation as a first-time murderer, she has second thoughts and drops the vial in the trash, where more than a few droplets seep out. She regains her courage, fishes the vial out of the trash bin, and succeeds in killing her husband. But, as the movie's title suggests, Clint is revealed to have only been put into a minor coma. He was only, to quote Miracle Max, "mostly dead" though it wasn't true love that brought Clint Goodman back.
With more than a few contrived plot devices, we see how being buried alive could be possible: Joanna skimps on everything because she is a cheap wench, who cuts corners whenever and wherever she can, and so Clint is buried in one of his old suits, in a "used" casket and without having been embalmed. Needless to say, these factors all conspired in her eventual death.
Clint wakes up in one of the most psychologically haunting scenes you can imagine; inside his own casket. Enhancing the creepiness of the scene, rainwater had been seeping through the freshly-turned ground and into his shoddy casket and onto his face, providing the means for his arousal. He immediately panics, and in a nicely choreographed shot, the camera zooms in from straight above the grave, through the dirt, and into his open, screaming mouth. Make a mental note of this scene.
He quickly discovers that the casket's wood is less than quality, and that there's a slight chance for escape. He takes it, and successfully climbs out of his grave in a very cool scene that is, by itself, worth the rest of the movie. Rightly upset, he decides to trap his two-timing wife and her doctor lover in a cleverly constructed maze, to which no exit exists.
He leads them through corridor after plywood corridor (sheets and sheets of plywood around his house); the walls, floor and ceiling getting smaller and smaller until eventually it leads to a dead end. When Joanna realizes this, it is too late, as Clint inserts the last wall of his maze, making it exactly what it is right now: her very own casket!
Dr. van Owen has been killed in another scene by this point, and dumped in the casket along with the insurance cash on top of her before sealing her inside with a handful of coins. Seeing as how the wood is half-inch plywood, Joanna isn't punching her way out of this one.
The final scene of the movie is a twist on the shot earlier when the camera zooms through the ground to see Clint buried alive. Instead of seeing him though, this time the camera pans into the ground to see Joanna's screaming face, beside her is the doctor's corpse, and she is clutching a few hundred-dollar bills.
Now this is what I call a death worthy of any back-stabbing whore of a wife.