Monday, March 5, 2012
Dir: Jim Mallon (Mystery Science Theater 3000)
IMDB: 3.6 out of 10
In the small fishing town of Hayward, Wisconsin we see young Peter Van Clease watching his grandfather fishing when a strange noise comes from the distance and Grandpa Van Clease is pulled into the lake never to be seen again. 17 years later Peter and a group of his friends return to the small town for their annual "Muskie Madness" Festival. This event apparently is the only thing that attracts any kind of traffic to the tiny town as we see a family making their way to the festivities as well to get away from the rush of city life.As Peter and pals arrive at his grandfather's old property we meet Old man Duerst and his oddball son Evelyn who believes he was in the Vietnam war and goes on about vibrations and secret government brainwashing tactics right off the bat. It is made clear from the get that Old Man Duerst does not care for the city slickers and their loud music and crazy lifestyles , and upon learning that peter plans on taking over the property he quits as the groundskeeper.As the festivities begin we see the Swain family enjoying dinner when the wife reveals she is not a fan of the place and plans on leaving her family to go stay with her sister. Unfortunately for her she does not make it as Peter witnesses her being pulled into the lake by a giant fishing lure. Not sure he saw what he thinks he did , believing it was a bit of a flashback he says nothing about it.
Upset Finner is docked by a local Bait shop owned by town old timer Leroy and is drinking and playing loud music, This sends the old man into a frenzy and the killer is revealed when Finner gets hooked in the face by Leroy and looses an ear. After a struggle Finner is captured and strung up before getting drug into the bait shop where we see that Leroy is making his famous bait out of the human remains of his victims.Shortly after, Finner's boat is found by Peter and the gang and his ear is found in the boat. Now believing Leroy is the man responsible Peter alerts the Sheriff who refuses to buy into the story and demands some solid proof. Evelyn and Peter discuss frequencies and it reminds Peter of some strange noises he heard before his grandfathers disappearance years ago. As the two go further into the theory they decide to pay Leroy a visit. Upon arriving at his shop they find the bait made of guts and remains. While the guys are investigating , Ann is back at their cabin listening to music and meditating when she gets snagged by Leroy but manages to get away for a brief second but eventually is caught and taken back to his shop to be killed.
Overall: 4.5 out of 10