Sunday, December 19, 2010
Dir: Juan Piquer Simon (Slugs)
Sometimes while watching a film I feel a sense of deja vu, I experienced this more than once while watching this film. I swear that this is the exact movie that the classic horror spoof Student Bodies was riffing . From the Campus Killer and everyone in the faculty becoming a suspect to the Heavy breathing killer , very similar to the Breather from the comedy take on the genre, and also the premise of the film was pretty similar to another Gore film from prior to this one with the whole creating of a body by sewing parts of other bodies reminded me allot of Blood feast, although this film being more of a standard slasher as opposed to the whole Egyptian sacrifice angle in the H.G. Lewis classic. I did however have to appreciate the original approach as to why the killer does his bidding, That was truly a new concept for sure.
So the film opens in 1942, And we see a young boy doing a jigsaw puzzle when his mother shows up and see's that the puzzle is of a nude woman. furious by this the mother searches his room frantically finding several adult mags and when she threatens to burn the pornographic material the Boy returns to the room with an Axe to chop his mother down in order to save his precious smut. Now that is a first for sure.
Flash forward to 40 years later, Which kind of limits the options for suspects since it becomes obvious very early on that the killer in this film is indeed the child grown up as after each murder we see the puzzle from earlier being put together and the killer is keeping certain parts of each victim in order to complete a human jigsaw, So the viewer knows from the beginning that the killer could not be any of the students and must be someone at least in their late 40's .The killing starts off right away as a student has her head chopped off by a chainsaw wielding man while out in the open of the campus lawn and after that Detectives arrive on the scene and the suspects begin to stack up as most of the faculty are questioned.
There is one utterly ridiculous scene where the killer goes into a elevator with a potential victim and she does not seem to even notice that he has a giant chainsaw behind his back the whole time.
Notice though that the jigsaw now is a blonde when earlier it was not.... Small problem there guys....
So as far as Slasher films go, this one is a decent little addition to the genre and I am surprised it is not more well known especially given the body count and the gore being so well done.This one is not the best by far but it is to an extent a innovative one and it influenced several others that came out later and that can be seen easily. Also if you watch this alongside Student Bodies it would be a real trip because this comes off as the dirty version of the same film in many ways. Being a fan of slashers I must say that i truly enjoyed this one although it tried too hard to hide the killer when it was obvious the entire time who it was gonna end up being and the scene right before the credits is truly unexplained and makes no sense but, with that aside this is a pretty good film.
Gore: 8 (Pretty good for it's time , some being downright brutal)
Nudity:6 ( Standard for the genre)
Story:7 ( Basic slash by numbers but, the killers back story gets this one points)
Characters:5 (Nothing special but not the typical group of stereotypes the genre goes to often)
Overall : 6.5 out of 10