Sunday, October 19, 2014

Killer's Moon (1978)

Director: Alan Birkinshaw

Writers: Alan Birkinshaw, Fay Weldon

Composers: John Shakespeare, Derek Warne

Starring: Anthony Forrest, Tom Marshal, Georgina Kean, Alison Elliott, Jane Hayden, Nigel Gregory, David Jackson, Paul Rattee, Peter Spraggon, Joanne Good, Jayne Lester, Lisa Vanderpump, Debbie Martyn, Christine Winter

More info: IMDb

Tagline: One endless night of terror!

Plot: Four mental patients - who, due to unauthorized experiments, believe they're living in a dream and have shed all moral imperatives - escape and find their way to the nearest bus-load of stranded schoolgirls.

My rating: 4.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Anyone who knows me knows I really digs some British horror, especially that of the 60s and 70s variety.  Unfortunately this one doesn't cut it.  It teases you with a bit of gore, a dusting of nudity, and the rest is all about teen girls surviving a night of terror from some guys who look like they were Droogs lifted from A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971).  But it's not the kills or the body count that help make this picture watchable.  It's the dialogue and it's the best thing in the picture.  It's peculiar, quick and funny. 

Killer: [with a shotgun ready to fire] I hate you because you understand me.
Victim: But I don't understand you. 
Killer: [sad face] No one does. 

The delivery setups are serious and then you get that throwaway line that just kills.  I laughed a few times.  Unfortunately that's the only reaction I had when I wasn't fighting falling asleep.  At times it's dreary and dull and that's a one two punch in the guts for a recipe for boring.   Even with some really great and funny lines I can't recommend this.  There are better ways to kill an hour and a half.  It's currently on Netflix streaming if you dare.

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