"Screamplay" (at the Fox International) is a cheesy, macabre comedy that has the air of a home movie made by thrifty visitors from the Planet of Cheap Special Effects. The blood (and there's lots of it) oozes like tomato paste, the film stock looks as if it was processed at Walgreen's and the prop budget probably wouldn't pay for a cab ride from LAX to the Santa Monica Pier. Made by the Troma Team (who also did such epics as "The Toxic Avenger" and "Nuke 'em High"), "Screamplay" follows the adventures of Edgar Allen (Rufus B. Seder), an aspiring screenwriter who comes to Hollywood, armed only with his typewriter and a crackpot imagination. Allen immediately goes to the movies, where a transvestite's attempt to mug him in the men's room is thwarted by Martin (George Kuchar), a beer-bellied slob who's the Travis Bickle of apartment managers--he's convinced all his tenants are "scum and vermin."
Martin offers our rookie writer a janitor's position at his seedy Welcome Apartments, whose occupants include an aging C-movie actress, an aspiring starlet, a conniving, bathrobe-clad movie publicist and a burned-out, Rasputin-like rock star named Lot. Edgar works them all into his murder-mystery screenplay, only to find his most deadly fantasies coming to life.