It excels thanks to its simplicity.
I love all of the practical effects. This was oddly moving even if it felt like it folded back in on itself a few too many times as it wound down. Very visceral.
The leap in quality for this one is amazing. I suppose that is the fate of the b-movie director, as good as he was he couldn’t completely transcend the story/cast/budget he was stuck with. I love touches like the recurring store front windows, reminding Bart of his past.