Tag Archive: serial killer

Aug 10

Angel

angelGenre: Thriller
Year: 1984
Country: USA

aka: Angel Killer

Director: Robert Vincent O’Neill
Starring: Cliff Gorman, Susan Tyrrell, Dick Shawn, Rory Calhoun, Donna Wilkes

 

 

 

High school honor student by day. Hollywood hooker by night.

 

Angel (1984) - Movie Review

 

Jul 07

Lucker the Necrophagous

luckerGenre: Horror
Year: 1986
Country: Belgium

original title: Lucker

Director: Johan Vandewoestijne
Starring: Nick Van Suyt, Helga Vandevelde, Let Jotts, Marie Claes, Martine Scherre

 

 

 

Your death is only the beginning!

 

Lucker the Necrophagous (1986) - Movie Review

 

Nov 23

Nightmare in a Damaged Brain

nightmareinadamagedbrainGenre: Horror
Year: 1981
Country: USA

aka: Nightmare, Schizo, Blood Splash

Director: Romano Scavolini
Starring: Baird Stafford, Sharon Smith, C.J. Cooke, Mik Cribben, Danny Ronan

 

«From the man who terrified you in «Dawn of the Dead» and «Friday the 13TH»!

 

George Tatum is not very stable. He is haunted by some terrible nightmares from his childhood. The doctors at the mental asylum he is staying at tries an experimental drug on George, and when he seems to respond positive he is labeled sane enough for release. Back to real life, he is unable to cope with the everyday life in New York and travels down to Florida instead to start over. In his new city he becomes focused on a family that seems to have problems with the morbid and violent thoughts of their little boy C.J. and his mental problems are slowly rising up from the depths of his demented mind.

Oct 11

The Last Horror Film

lasthorrorfilmGenre: Horror
Year: 1982
Country: USA

aka: Fanatic, Fanatical Extreme, Love to Kill

Director: David Winters
Starring: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Glenn Jacobson, David Winters, Devin Goldenberg

 

Babes are dying to be in his movie!

 

Vinny Durand is a lonely, obsessed movie fan who has taken a liking to a famous movie star named Jane Bates. He is sure that if he gets a few minutes alone with her that he will be able to convince her to star in a movie that he has made up in his mind.

Vinny saves up enough money from his job as a taxi driver to go to the Cannes festival where Jane is up for the award of best actress. He starts to stalk Jane and her associates, but when he gets rejected and his dreams crushed, he starts to lose it….

After enjoying their work together on Maniac and Starcrash, Joe Spinell and Caroline Munro decided to put together another horror film fast and cheap. It’s easy to see that this is a film that was put together very fast as the story can basically be told in thirty minutes and they use way too much time showing off shots of Cannes and quick flashbacks to stuff that we have already seen in this film.

Jan 26

Don’t Go in the House

dontgointhehouseGenre: Horror
Year: 1979
Country: USA

aka: Pyromaniac

Director: Joseph Ellison
Starring: Dan Grimaldi, Charles Bonet, Bill Ricci, Robert Osth, Dennis M. Hunter

 

If you do… then don’t say we didn’t warn you

 

Donald Kohler is an isolated thirty-something male that lives alone with his mother in his childhood home. He is very much attached to his mother at an adult age, even though she gave him a terrible upbringing, using fire to punish Donald if he did anything she disapproved of.

The only social activity he gets is when he is at his job. One day at work, an accident happens that leaves one of his co-workers badly burned, and the very same night he finds his mother has died while he’s been at work. Although he is now free from his mother, he cannot put the past behind him and instead of starting to live a normal life, he craves innocent women to abuse and burn.

Don’t Go in The House is one of several serial killer films that was released between 1978 and 1982. Not that there wasn’t plenty of them after that aswell, but they did tend to become more supernatural based after the killers became more heroes than the victims (for example, Michael Myers, Jason Vorhees and of course when Freddy Krueger was introduced then nothing would stay the same with the genre).

Sep 10

Visiting Hours

vistinghoursGenre: Horror
Year: 1982
Country: Canada

Director. Jean-Claude Lord
Starring: Michael Ironside, Lee Grant, Linda Purl, William Shatner, Lenore Zann

 

So frightening you’ll never recover

 

Colt Hawker is a disturbed guy who gets obsessed with a strong and outspoken TV host named Deborah Ballin who are very loud about equal rights for females and anti-violence. He breaks into her house and fails to kill her off, but manages to hospitalize her. He can’t let her go and spends every minute trying to get into the hospital to finish her off.

Visiting Hours seems like a big studio attempt to join in on the success that Halloween, Friday the 13th and the others had in the very early 80’s. Visiting Hours got several experiences actors and a budget high above the average serial killer movie at that time.

What’s great about this movie is that it’s got such intensity in the scenes where Colt is terrorizing his victims. It starts off great, but gets a little lost in the middle of the movie. Running at a little over 100 minutes it could have benefited from having a tighter script or cut down the length. The dialogue and choices some of the characters does is frankly stupid.

Dec 04

Maniac

maniacGenre: Horror
Year: 2012
Country: USA / France

Director: Franck Khalfoun
Starring: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, Jan Broberg, Liane Balaban, Megan Duffy

 

I warned you not to go out tonight

 

Frank Zito is a loner, an outsider of society. He runs a mannequin business, but it is really just there for his own needs. He keeps no friends around and spends all of his time alone. That is, when he isn’t outside stalking and preying on young women that he so desperately wants to murder and mutilate.

The original remake, starring the great Joe Spinell is one of my all-time favorite horror films and might also be my favorite portrayal of a serial killer in any movie I’ve seen so far. So when the news of a remake hit the Internet, I can’t say I was very positive. The remake craze of the last 10-15 years has delivered just fancier and flashy new versions of films that were and still are great as they are. However, words did come out saying that this film did in fact have something original to offer and the way it was shot would also make it seem like this was a unique take on the original film, so in the end I decided it couldn’t hurt to give it a chance.