Diablo is a biker gang leader executed for the murder of a young woman. A year after his death, it's time for Spring Break. Football players Skip and Ronnie head to the beach, where Skip meets Gail, the sister of the woman who was murdered a year ago. All the fun and glory of Spring Break, however, is about to turn into a living nightmare when a mysterious person in a biker outfit begins to kill people by electrocution. Could it be that Diablo has returned from the dead?
A spring break slasher as befuddling as only Umberto Lenzi could make one. Jam packed with partying, nigh-geriatric teenagers and silly pranks, this could be mistaken for a cheapo summer comedy if it wasn't for the killer wearing a motorcycle helmet, the brutal electrocution deaths, the greasy peeping tom, John Saxon, boobies, Michael Parks and a ruthless gang named the Demons clad in leather jacking bearing their name in an immediately recognizable font. The jammin' music is the best part, the other stuff is fine too.
There's much to be said about the fact this film, released under the title Welcome to Spring Break on DVD, came at the end of the 1980s, a decade defined by slasher films.
In one respect, the movie is a nod to the trashiness of the Friday the 13ths, the Sleepaway Camps, and the Elm Streets, that preceeded it.
In another respect, it's a carbon copy of cliches that came to fruition during the heyday of this type of horror film. With that considered, it's sometimes questionable whether the movie is being done with a straight face, or a confused one that isn't sure if it's serious or kidding.
For those reasons, Nightmare Beach or Spring Break goes down as…