original title: Fritt Vilt
Director: Roar Uthaug
Starring: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Rolf Kristian Larsen, Tomas Alf Larsen, Endre Martin Midtstigen, Viktoria Winge
Prepare for your final descent
original title: Die Sage des Todes
aka: The Bloody Moon Murders, The Saw of Death
Director: Jess Franco
Starring: Olivia Pascal, Christopher Brugger, Nadja Gerganoff, Alexander Waechter, Jasmin Losensky
Don’t panic… it only happens once in a… Bloody Moon
Miguel is a young man who has had to live his life with a disfigured face, making him very distance to the female gender. After being rejected by a beautiful girl at a masquerade party, he snaps and starts to stab her with a pair of scissors.
Five years after this horrible event, Miguel is let out from a mental asylum and is put into the care of his sister Manuela, the only female he has ever been able to confide in. He travels out to the boarding school she works at, but not long after he arrives, young girls end up missing…
Bloody Moon is the legendary cult director Jess Franco’s take on the slasher genre, but as always with Franco he is not out to do something generic just to make a quick buck. The atmosphere of the film and the style it is shot in might not be the best of Franco, but it sure makes the film stand out from the rest of the early 80’s slasher films. The murders are set up nicely, delivering enough blood and guts to keep slasher fans happy.
Director: Dennis Donnelly
Starring: Cameron Mitchell, Pamelyn Ferdin, Wesley Eure, Nicolas Beauvy, Tim Donnelly
Bit by bit… by bit he carved a nightmare!
A killer runs loose on an apartment complex in Southern California. The women of that resides there gets killed off one by one in gruesome ways. The body of one of the girls doesn’t show up and the police tries to find out if it’s related to the murders and if they can find her body… or what’s left of it!
The Toolbox Murders is a serial killer movie that was influenced by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and has a reputation of being very violent and brutal. It is one of the Video Nasties movies and it has also been banned in my very own Norway and refused classification in Australia.
The first thirty minutes of the movie shows the killer brutally slaying several young girls with nearly no dialogue or any character development going on. The murders are done well and the nail gun murder is especially memorable. After this the movie switches tone and focus completely and goes from being a slasher movie to becoming a psychological thriller instead.
Director: Tony Maylam
Starring: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer; Larry Joshua, Jason Alexander
Don’t look, he’ll see you. Don’t breathe, he’ll hear you. Don’t move… you’re dead!
The Burning is loosely based on Cropsy (which was also the original title of this film), an urban legend tale that has been told around camp fires for many years. A prank goes wrong when the caretaker of Camp Blackfoot ends up being horribly burned and hospitalized for five years. When he is released back into society, he is badly disfigured by the burns and has to hide himself to avoid scaring others.
As anyone would do after five years in a hospital bed he goes down some sleazy big city streets (New York?) and finds himself a hooker. Even the hooker can’t stand the looks of him and at that point he gives up any hope of being a regular guy. He murders her in a brutal way and then heads back the Camp Stonewater (not sure why they changed the name though) to take revenge on any teens that sets their foot at the place.
original title: Reazione a Catena
aka: Carnage, Blood Bath, Chain Reaction, The Antecedent, The Last House on the Left 2, Twitch of the Death Nerve, Ecology of a Crime
Director: Mario Bava
Starring: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Claudio Carnaso, Anna Maria Rosati, Chris Avram
13 Characters, 13 Murders
Countess Federica owns what used to be a very quiet and beautiful little bay, but one night she is brutally murdered and her body is set up to make it look like a suicide. In a strange turn of events, only a few minutes after the first murder, the murderer himself is stabbed to death by another bloodthirsty killer.
This leaves the beautiful bay open for money hungry vultures take ownership over it, including the real estate agent Frank and his lovely girlfriend Laura. They are not the only one heading out to the bay though, a group of young teenagers are going out there simply to just have fun… but the killer is still active and it doesn’t take long before the bay is filled with blood.
Director: J.S. Cardone
Starring: Sarah Kendall, Frederick Flynn, Carol Kottenbrook, Alan McRae, Michael Holmes
Is it a nightmare? Or is it…
Two couples set out for a romantic vacation on a deserted island. Kay, played by Sarah Kendall, is a frustrated painter who are going through a rough time in her life because of haunting nightmares, which is also affecting her work. With her on this trip is her husband David, her brother Eric and sister-in-law Brooke. Soon after they arrive Kat starts to get a sense of deja-vu and she is sure that someone else is on the island with them, but fails to convince the others that danger might be close…
When you start up a Video Nasty movie with that title you would expect to see a vicious slasher movie where lots of teens get killed off in all kinds of bloody ways. This however isn’t quite like that. It’s got element from the slasher era it was made in mixed with some dark visuals, old school horror music and low body count.
aka: The Dorm That Dripped Blood, Death Dorm
Director: Stephen Carpenter, Jeffrey Obrow
Starring: Laurie Lapinski, Stephen Sachs, David Snow, Pamela Holland, Dennis Ely
When the kidding stops… the killing starts!
A group of young friends are staying behind at their dorm over the winter to renovate the place, while still enjoying their free time by partying and having fun with each other. One of the girls notices a strange and creepy guy lurking around the place one night and the gang can’t decide if it is a stranger that has no business being around the place or if it is in fact one of them that are playing a scary prank on the others.
Pranks, or The Dorm That Dripped Blood as it is also known as, is another slasher film that came out during the slasher craze of the early 80’s. It had an estimated budget of a little below $100,000 and was filmed in Los Angeles, California. It is not a slasher film that is able to set itself apart from others, and if it wasn’t for the fact that it ended up becoming one of the Video Nasties in the UK, then it would probably have been an obscure horror film by now.
aka: Night School
Director: Ken Hughes
Starring: Leonard Mann, Rachel Ward, Drew Snyder, Joseph R. Sicari, Nicholas Cairis
Man is the only animal that kills for pleasure.
A killer is on the loose in Boston. He is wearing a motorcycle outfit and helmet and his favorite victims are female students at Wendell Night School. Judd and Taj are the detective who are handling the case and there is plenty of suspects available including the teacher Vincent who likes his student in more than one way, his not to friendly assistant Eleanor and a creepy waiter who they know are stalking some of the women.
Terror Eyes is an obscure and forgotten slasher movie from 1981. It’s directed by Ken Hughes who are mostly known for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. His influence here seems to be from the italian giallo movies and the look of the killer might be taken from Strip Nude for Your Killer. Umberto Lenzi brought this outfit back to life again later with his late 80’s Welcome to Spring Break movie.
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.
aka: Hotel Terror
Director: Tobe Hooper
Starring: Angela Bettis, Brent Roam, Marco Rodriguez, Rance Howard, Juliet Landau
Another legacy begins
Nell and her boyfriend Steven are the newest tenants at the old building called Lusman Arms. While they try their best to renovate the old apartment, Nell starts to hear strange voices around the building, and also starts to notice that some of the neighbors are becoming missing.
Nell starts to become obsessed with finding out what is going on in this building and the history of it does not make her less concerned. The place has a long line of missing tenants and the man who built the building was heavily into the occult. While trying to find answers, Nell herself becomes a target and might end up being the next one missing…
Toolbox Murders is a remake of a late 70’s slasher film that some might find a bit underrated. Why they decided to remake the film is beyond me since the original film doesn’t have that big of a following and there is hardly any need to use the name of that one to make a new film about a crazy killer in a building.