Fairly standard late 80s horror fare. None of the main characters are particularly intolerable nor are they really even memorable. Main character keeps having these nightmare/visions which escalate and start causing him personal harm in the real world ala Nightmare on Elm St. He, his brother(both with the surname of Slaughter hence the title you see)and some friends go to Alcatraz as he feels compelled to do and hilarity ensues. Toni Basil is the embodiment of some demon so I guess she was playing herself. You could do worse with your 90 minutes, but you could also do a damn sight better.
With it being Friday the 13th and not wanting to go after the more obvious low hanging fruit of the F13 franchise, I decided to take this opportunity to watch the recent Arrow Blu Ray release of this film. It had been a number of years since watching and it was one of those films I remember always seeing the ominous title on the video store shelves as a child but never being able to summon up the courage to…
The opening sequence is a B&W chase seen where in a group of men are in pursuit of a visibly wounded man on horseback set to the tune of a Scott Walker song! So, definitely NOT a conventional spaghetti western. There may be 2 pages worth of dialogue uttered in the whole film(those would be double spaces pages, by the way). Any ways, this was an attempt at me trying to delve a bit deeper into this great genre. This film is undeservedly overlooked and worth the time to track down.
After not seeing this film in 20+ years, I finally tracked down a nice reg. 2 DVD and all I can say is it did not disappoint. There are a lot of detractors for this film and though it may not be the best of Barker's film adaptations, it's a very enjoyable monster on the loose flick. I like that they did not shy away from showing the creature even though the mask was ridiculously fake looking.
For anyone unfamiliar,…