Director: Joe Giannone
Main Stars: Gaylen Ross, Tony Fish, Harriet Bass, Paul Ehlers
Storyline: A madman is brought back to kill in the woods when his name is mentioned, Madman Marz
Review (Spoils): At a camp we have some counsellors telling tells of a backwoodsman who killed his whole family with an axe and even took that axe to the face himself. The name Madman Marz is told or even whispered his will return to the killing. The ghost tale starts that night back at the camp as the madman returns and starts slaughter them all one by one.
We have throats being ripped out, broken necks, beheadings, stalled cars (very common in 80s slashers), sex in the woods with horny young teens, some skeletons and a nasty fire and talon slash. This film screams 80s and screams a nice Friday the 13th knock off. The acting is poor but for what it is worth the film does have some nice kill scenes and the film moves along nicely. We have a long haired dirty hillbilly with an axe chasing horny teens what is there not too love?
Rating: I’m a huge fan of the Friday the 13th series and love The Burning so I was not expecting much but a wild rip off here. But I was surprised that I actually enjoyed this film and was not overly bothered by some of scenes that were plainly a rip off. Madman Marz is a likeable villain and I can now see where Hatchet might of gotten some of its ideas from.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Director: George A. Romero
Main Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross
Storyline: Sequel to Night of the Living Dead a television executive, her boyfriend and two SWAT policemen tried to survive with the walking dead and barricade up in a shopping mall.
Review (Spoils): George A. Romero is back with another great zombie flick. There are some flaws in the film and the introduction with the TV station can be very overwhelming and confusing. Just get past the first 15min of the film and your ready to go. When the SWAT team kicks on the screen you’re good to go with the gore!
Francine (Gaylen Ross) is a TV executive and she is forced to flee with her wanna be cop dick of a boyfriend Stephen (David Emge). Gaylen Ross does a great job playing the quiet blonde girlfriend so is tired of being just a pawn in the game of man vs zombie. David Emge’s character does the opposite he is an arrogant pig who treats his wife like an object even though the movie does not go there. The abortion conversation was a key for pointing this out and also not giving his girlfriend a gun to defend herself.
Than we have the two SWAT guys Peter (Ken Foree ) and Roger (Scott H. Reiniger) which add a flavour to the film such as one liners, comedy and gun shooting excitement. Peter has nothing coolness and attitude and Roger are more of your short hyper guy. All four characters together make a nice mix against the zombies for survival.
Now for the zombies of the film, Tom Savini does an amazing job in the makeup of our pale, blue skin, slow walkers. Also he acts as one of the motorcycle guys in the final battle scene. We got some serious gore and blood in this film, everything from biting, ripping, chewing and more bouncing bullets than a classic western. This is one of Tom Savini best.
Rating: “When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth” drinks up to that as this is one of the better zombie flicks out there. Thank you George A. Romero and Tom Savini once again and great music again from Goblin.