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My Bloody Valentine (1981) Review

Posted in My Bloody Valentine (1981) with tags , , on February 14, 2014 by Last Road Reviews

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MY BLOODY VALENTINE

**** Out of 5

Tagline- There’s More Than One Way to Lose Your Heart

Release Date- February 11th, 1981

Running Time- 91-Minutes

Rating- R

Screenplay- John Beaird

Director- George Mihalka

Starring- Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck, Don Francks, Jack Van Evera

Released in 1981 My Bloody Valentine is considered by many to be one of the if not the best slasher film of the 80s and the film has retained its cult following over the years since its release. The slasher film while highly popular during the 80s was at the height of its success in 1980 and 1981 and the year MBV was released slasher films such as Halloween II, Friday the 13th Part 2, The Prowler and the Burning were released as well as Final Exam, Happy Birthday to Me and the spoof Student Bodies and the fact MBV was able to stand out is really saying something and if not mistaken Quentin Tarantino has called this his favorite slasher film. My Bloody Valentine upon its original release was slapped with an X-rating and was heavily edited to obtain the R-rating and the title should have been My Not So Bloody Valentine. There was roughly 3-minutes edited out (though the director claims there was more footage) and I think in many ways that helped keep the cult status as fans of the film for years wanted an uncut version, which finally happened in 2009. Back when MBV was released there were the moral crusaders and slasher films got it the worst with the MPAA and with the assignation of John Lennon in December of 1980 these films never really stood a chance with the MPAA it was hard enough before that and now even worse.

It’s been 20-years since Valentine’s Bluff has celebrated Valentine’s day after a series of murders by Harry Warden, but when festivities are being put together people around town are being killed. Has Harry Warden returned or something more sinister.

The screenplay by John Beaird is pretty much the standard slasher film of the 80s the only difference is instead of obnoxious teenagers we get obnoxious characters I assume in their 20s, but almost all of them act like teenagers. The script features many of the 80s slasher cliches such as the goofy prankster, the old man that warns of pending danger, the final girl and the final girls’ best friend. However John Beaird’s script never really feels like a cliche that isn’t to say it feels fresh and original, but despite having all the slasher movie staples it doesn’t feel like one long cliche. Characters while the typical slasher characters are however a fun bunch and a few of them were fairly likable and some even have a little depth though for the most part they’re here to pad the body count. We also get a love triangle thrown in for good mix and at times it does come across as a bit sappy, but it also adds a layer of depth to the plot and the characters of Sarah (Hallier) T.J. (Kelman) and Axel (Affleck) even if at times not only being sappy, but a little out of place, but it does serve its purpose. Overall the screenplay by John Beaird is the standard 80s slasher film from plot to characters, but yet the script never feels cliched and is better written than most 80s slasher films.

Director George Mihalka crafts a stylish and eerie film that has plenty of atmosphere. The pacing is generally strong and while Mihalka doesn’t stray from slasher conventions its one of the stronger slasher films of the era since it’s as whole one of,the better made. Mihalka gets great use of his locations as Valentine’s Bluff becomes a character in the film and the final act set in a mine added to the eerie atmosphere. George Mihalka also crafts some excellent death scenes depending on which version you see. The R-rated cut is rather dry and obviously heavily edited whereas the uncut footage packs a punch, but regardless of which you see the death scenes are still creepy due to direction. Even when there isn’t any action, Mihalka still maintains some suspense and tension. The final act in the mines is a bit interesting in regards to its a very creepy setting and it’s loaded with atmosphere and we also get some great death scenes, but the pacing can also be a little slow in spots and perhaps could have used some editing, but with that said these scenes still play well thanks in part to the setting and generally creepy villain.

As a whole My Bloody Valentine is an excellent slasher film from a year that saw many of the best the sub-genre had to offer. However with that said as much as I love MBV and the miner is one of my favorite killers as he’s quite creepy, which helps elevate the suspense when he’s on camera, but I wouldn’t rate MBV as highly as a lot of people do. Its hands down one of my favorite slasher films, but I’m not sure it would make my top 10 80s slasher films. With that said MBV is quite eerie and one of the more suspenseful slasher films of the 80s and with some fun characters and a great use of location it’s not difficult to see why this is so beloved. MBV would make an ideal double feature with the Prowler as both have a similar looking killer and nearly identical plot.

My Bloody Valentine was released uncut on DVD in Janiary of 2009 and than blu-ray in November of the same year. Originally the deleted gore scenes were only gonna be a special feature, but Lionsgate inserted them into the film and therefore the footage is quite rough looking and despite several months between the DVD and blu-ray the footage looks the same on blu-ray, which is a bit of a letdown, but hey it’s better than nothing. Lionsgate did a truly wonderful job with the HD presentation (of course not counting the added footage) and of all the 80s slasher films I’ve seen this might be the best HD transfer. Grain is present, but barley noticeable unless directly looking for it and even the night scenes look great. Colors pop right off the screen, which only makes me wish the deleted footage was fixed up. As for the added footage if you disliked the film in R-rated version I doubt the added gore, which sway your views, but fans of the film like myself will be very pleased as it adds a new dimension to the film.

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X-Ray AKA Hospital Massacre (1982) Review

Posted in X-Ray (Hospital Massacre) with tags , , , , on February 13, 2014 by Last Road Reviews

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X-RAY- HOSPITAL MASSACRE

*** ½ Out of 5

Tagline- There’s No Recovery Room At All

Release Date- April, 1982

Running Time- 89-Minutes

Rating- R

Screenplay- Marc Behm

Director- Boaz Davidson

Starring- Barbi Benton, Chip Lucia, John Van Ness, John Warner Williams, Den Surles, Jimmy Stathis, Lanny Duncan

Back in the 80s the slasher film dominated the decade and while it remained popular throughout the 80s the more popular slasher films came out in the early part of the 80s, but even by 1982 things were getting a little stale at times. Hospital Massacre, which also goes under the titles of X-Ray and Be My Valentine or Else does nothing to change that notion and is one of the semi-forgotten slasher films, which I suppose has to do with how many of these films were produced in the 80s and for the fact it was long OOP until August 20th, 2013 when Shout Factory released it in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack under its alternate title X-Ray, so perhaps now Hospital Massacre can gain more of an audience. Another thing popular in slashers were using a certain day or event for the setting and the holiday of choice here is valentine’s day, but it actually has nothing to do with the plot and if not for a few decorations you wouldn’t even know it was set on valentines day. Setting a film on a holiday or special event was pretty much a gimmick in the 80s and like I said here in Hospital Massacre the valentines day setting really doesn’t impact the story and is pretty much a gimmick. The setting for the film is at a hospital, which was done the previous year with Halloween II. I don’t know when this film was written so I have no idea if Halloween II was an influence or not, but I kinda like the hospital setting in horror films. When I first saw Hospital Massacre it was an old VHS with decent quality considering its age and I didn’t hate the film, but I can’t say I really liked it either. But upon seeing the film again on Blu-ray I actually enjoyed it a lot more the 2nd time around. When discussing the best slasher films I don’t think Hospital Massacre will ever be mentioned, but its actually a fun film and it has that early 80s slasher charm going for it.

Slasher movies aren’t really known for their plots and Hospital Massacre does nothing to dispel that; the film starts off in 1961 and Susan (Elizabeth Hoy) receives a love letter from Harold (Bill Jacoby) and after she laughs at it he kills her friend David (Michael Romano) and then runs off laughing like a maniac; now 19-years later Susan (Benton) goes to the hospital for her test results from an exam, but somebody has switched her results with someone else and she’s forced to stay in the hospital while a maniac is on the loose killing off the staff of the hospital while setting his sights on Susan.

The screenplay was written by Marc Behm who wrote the story for Charade, which starred Audrey Hepburn and Behm also has a story credit on the Beatles movie Help. The script by Behm is light on plot and just as light on characters. All the male characters are simply there as a red herring as everyone of them is set up as a possible suspect and I’m not sure that was more on the writing or directing or both, but its quite easy to figure out the killer and once they appear onscreen you’ll know who it is. The opening scene feels like it was written in after the script was done as it really plays no part in the rest of the film. Slasher films such as Final Exam featured a random killer targeting random people, but here the killer is after Susan so I guess some link was needed but hey in the original Halloween Michael Myers randomly targeted Laurie and it wasn’t until the sequel a reason was given. Since the opening scene is never mentioned again one has to wonder whatever happened to Harold all those years since the opening. Was he locked away? Did he escape or was he released? While this may not be a big deal why bother with the opening scene if it plays no part in the rest of the film?

Hospital Massacre while a slasher flick doesn’t really follow the formula seen in most at the time. That’s not to say this movie has any originality because it doesn’t, we don’t have a camp setting, dorm or anywhere USA and the characters don’t partake in sex or drug use like most slasher films at the time. None of the characters are teens and Susan is divorced with a young daughter and this is something most slasher films at the time never had. Like I said Hospital Massacre while the typical slasher film of the 80s does slightly stray from the formula.

Hospital Massacre was directed by Boaz Davidson who also made the cult classic The Last American Virgin also released in 1982. Most of his films as director are B-movies, but as a producer he’s been a little prolific with big Hollywood films such as the Expendables, Expendables 2, Rambo and Righteous Kill to name a few and also has plenty of B-movies as a producer. Boaz Davidson crafts a fairly entertaining film that gets off to a fun start, but while the pace is never boring it does slow down a bit in the middle. There is some decent suspense and Davidson makes solid use of the hospital, but nothing really stands out from many other slasher films. As for the deaths scenes while well staged they aren’t very graphic and the most we get in general is some blood splatter, but Davidson still handles these scenes well, but a little more of the red stuff would have been welcomed. As for 80s slashers I’ve seen far better, but also seen far worse if anything Boaz Davidson crafts an entertaining slasher film that’s a fun watch.

There a few problems I have and some while not a big deal, but others I felt sort of hindered the film a bit. The hospital seems more like a psyche ward as all the patients are quite weird and come across as a bit insane. We have the typical dumb characters as members of the staff go missing, but yet nobody seems to notice or really care and even after a couple of deaths Susan just runs around the hospital never really making a legit effort to leave. Susan was supposed to go into the hospital to just pick up her test results and tells her boyfriend she’ll be back in a few minutes, but he doesn’t come looking for her for a couple of hours though to his defense he did fall asleep and once he wakes up he goes looking for her, but still. One scene has Susan hiding behind a portable changing screen and even though her feet can be seen the killer is totally oblivious even after she drops a lighter on the floor a mere two feet from him he just walks past never once looking down. Scenes like that some may find funny, but I just find it idiotic and insulting. The killer wears a surgical mask and dressed in scrubs and he is fairly creepy looking, but the over the top breathing and funny movements when he kills someone really zaps any possible suspense, but not all his lost since it does make the scenes with the killer a lot more fun.

Most of the performances were about average and perhaps a little better than most slasher films, but Barbi Benton best known as a playboy playmate actually delivers a surprisingly decent performance; the only other role I’ve seen her in was on an episode of the TV series McCloud. Benton is actually likable and charismatic, which makes the movie a little bit better. Even though Barbi Benton gives a fairly good performance the highlight isn’t her acting, but her nude scene in a really sleazy, but highly enjoyable examination scene.

The score by Arlon Ober is one of the most bizarre I’ve ever heard in a slasher flick; at times it’s the typical score found in these movies, but many portions of the score sounds exactly like the Omen and it feels really, really out of place it really doesn’t fit at all and actually is kind of distracting. I don’t know what Ober was thinking when he composed this, but its easily one of the best and worst scores I’ve heard in a slasher film since it really in no way fits what’s happening on screen.

Like I said when I first saw Hospital Massacre I found it to be decent, but forgettable at the same time, but upon my 2nd viewing on Blu-ray I enjoyed it a lot more and while this wouldn’t make my top 10 80s slasher films it is a fun film with some decent suspense and like I said has that 80s slasher charm working in its favor and it’s become a film I really enjoy now.

Hospital Massacre was released on VHS and than was long OOP until Shout Factory under their Scream Factory label rescued the film from oblivion. Scream Factory released the film under the title X-Ray in a blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack along with Schizoid in a double feature release. The HD transfer for X-Ray was surprisingly decent. I had low expectations, but it turns out far better than expected. X-Ray is nowhere near the best HD transfer for an 80s slasher film, but with that said it turns out fairly well. Grain is present through most of the movie, but never really overpowering though the final act can get a little overly grainy in spots. There is a little print damage here and there, but for the most part while never great it pretty much always looks good. The audio was alright, but given the films age and budget its pretty much what one would expect, but does get the job done. I only briefly checked out the DVD and while inferior to the blu-ray it is a decent enough transfer that’s far better than the old VHS tape. If you don’t own a blu-ray player you still get a fairly good DVD transfer, but the HD transfer is the better of the two, but that shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Extras are light with only an interview with Boaz Davidson plus the film retains its original artwork with a reversible cover with the Hospital Massacre title as well the alternate poster.

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Bloody Moon (1981) Review

Posted in Bloody Moon with tags , , on May 19, 2013 by Last Road Reviews

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BLOODY MOON

*** Out of 5

Tagline- Don’t Panic It Only Happens Once in a Bloody Moon

Release Date- March 27th, 1981

Running Time- 84-Minutes

Rating- NR

Screenplay- Erich Tomek (as Rayo Casablanca)

Director- Jesùs Franco

Starring- Olivia Pascal, Christopher Brugger, Nadja Gerganoff, Alexander Waechter, Peter Exacoustos

Released in 1981 Bloody Moon was made to cash in on the growing popularity of the American slasher film and Bloody Moon also has some influence from the Italian Giallo, which are similar to slasher films with a slight difference in execution. However this far more plays up to slasher conventions and was directed by exploitation filmmaker Jesùs Franco and while I get the appeal of his work I can’t really say I’m a fan, but from time to time I will watch his films and I do enjoy some of his work. Going into a Jess Franco film you know you aren’t gonna see Martin Scorsese like quality, but his films were a little too sloppy and rough looking for my liking in general. Jess Franco died April 2nd, 2013 and according to the IMDb has 199 directing credits and when you make as many films as he did and under so many alias it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s done even more than that. With so many credits at some point you’re bound to get it right and will also have some truly terrible films, but like I said I never really cared for the bulk of Franco’s work with the exceptions being Female Vampire, which I didn’t love, but enjoyed it a bit more than most of his films, but my enjoyment had little to do with Franco and a lot more to do with Lina Romay (she was actually an assistant director on Bloody Moon under the name Rosa Almirail) and I also liked A Virgin Among the Living Dead.

Bloody Moon is quite different than the typical Franco film as here he was simply a director for hire with very little of his style on display since all the changes he wanted to make were shot down. He was also promised a lot of things on the film in terms of crew members and was even told Pink Floyd agreed to score the film of course this wasn’t true and Jess Franco wasn’t very pleased with being lied to, but all things considered Bloody Moon is in terms of production a step above most of his films and this looks a little more professional and is one of the few Jess Franco films I sort of enjoy. If you aren’t really a fan of his films you might still enjoy this since again very little of his style is on display and for better or worse doesn’t really feel like a Jess Franco film and if anything the best way to describe this is when an Indie filmmaker makes a film for a major studio.

After brutally murdering a woman with a pair of scissors, Miguel (Waechter) who has one half of his face disfigured is locked up in an insane asylum and after 5-years he’s released into the care of his sister Manuela (Gerganoff). Along with their aunt the two run a boarding school for women that teaches different languages. Not long after Miguel returns the murders start as someone is picking off the women at the school.

The screenplay was written by Erich Tomek under the name Rayo Casablanca who at the time was a production manager and was also the production manager on Bloody Moon. The script by Casablanca is weaker than most slasher films and the characters are among the most faceless victims ever seen in a slasher film, which wouldn’t be so bad if the film was action packed, but the middle sections Casablanca focuses more on characters and plot and this film had very little of both and therefore Bloody Moon can make for a frustrating viewing as you wait and wait for the action to start up again. All the characters are better off dead with the exception of the heroine Angela (Pascal) and even she can be a bit annoying at times. Characters can often do the dumbest things and rather than be fun its more frustrating and this is partly on Casablanca and Franco as well. There is also an incest subplot between Miguel and his sister Manuela, but overall yeah I know complaining about a screenplay in a slasher film might sound silly, but Casablanca’s script is one of the more shallow and lifeless slasher scripts and since he spends so much time focusing on the characters the film gets a bit boring. Perhaps Casablanca wanted to add more depth to his script rather than the typical stalk and slash, but he simply isn’t a good enough writer to do that.

More often than not in my opinion a lot of Jess Franco’s films can be a little rough looking visually and Bloody Moon isn’t exactly Dario Argento with the visual aspect, but it looks a lot better than a lot of Franco’s other films. Also in Franco’s films the editing can at times be choppy and when it comes to the editing even if Franco didn’t edit the movie as the director he does have involvement, but than again when you made as many films as Franco who could be very active at times, once it’s shot who knows how involved he was in the editing process. The editing in Bloody Moon can at times be choppy, but it’s better than what one might be used to seeing from a Jess Franco production. But hey this is is Jess Franco film after all and editing can be a little rough at times and from the visual side outside of the opening death, Bloody Moon looks more professional. The pacing of the film is a bit sloppy, but this has more to do with the writing as for a good portion of the middle the script focuses more on characters and seeing as they’re so bland and faceless not even the most talented director could get much out of these scenes. Franco does the best he can, but based on the script again there was very little he could do. The one thing that I did kind of find surprising is there is actually some decent moments of suspense. It’s not John Carpenter’s Halloween or anything, but Franco does entice a couple of scenes with a little bit of suspense and while its nothing really great or anything it’s not the typical Franco one might be used to.

The overall production is far better than the bulk of Franco’s films and while the film can be a little rough around the edges at times (again this is a Jess Franco film), but Bloody Moon while not greatly made is far more competent than I’m used to seeing from Franco. The biggest problem here again is the script and Franco who was simply a director for hire with very little say as as I stated before anything he wanted to change was shot down and he wasn’t happy with the production as he was promised certain things and none ended up happening, but Franco handles everything well and delivers a film better made than the good portion of his work and as I mentioned the suspense isn’t anything special, but there are some decent moments and this film doesn’t exactly change my mind on Franco if anything though Bloody Moon does show he can stage a decently made film (at least for low budget slashers). In the end the biggest downfall is the very subpar script and Franco actually manages to make a little more out of the film than there was, but in the end Bloody Moon still has too many flaws to rise above anything besides average at best.

The death scenes were fairly cool with one girl being stabbed in the back and the blade coming out of her nipple and we have a nasty decapitation from a circular saw and even though its clearly a dummy being used its still a really awesome death scene. Though with that said while Bloody Moon does feature a decent amount of gore I didn’t find it any gorier than the run of the mill 80s slasher film. I was expecting something more along the lines of Juan Piquer Simon’s Pieces, which for some reason this film is often compared to. I suppose both being set at a school and like J. Simon, Jess Franco is also from Spain, but these two films really are nothing a like, but I was expecting this to be an all out gore film and again while there is gore and some nasty death scenes I really didn’t find it as gory as its reputation.

Overall Bloody Moon is an entertaining slasher film and while by no means is it among the elite it does serve for a decent time killer. The middle sections when the film focuses on the characters is what in the end sinks the movie, but despite these problems I still think slasher fans will still get some enjoyment out of the movie. As I stated this isn’t exactly suspenseful, but Franco actually delivers a couple of decent moments. We got great looking women who are often naked or wearing see through clothing, some decent gore. This film is strictly for slasher fans and or fans of Jess Franco. Like I said even for those like myself that aren’t big fans of Jess Franco it really doesn’t feel like a Jess Franco film for the most part. Look for Jesùs Franco in a bit role as a Dr.

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Final Exam (1981) Review

Posted in Final Exam with tags , , on May 17, 2013 by Last Road Reviews

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FINAL EXAM

*** ½ Out of 5

Tagline- Some Pass the Test… God Help the Rest!

Release Date- June 5th, 1981

Running Time- 89-Minutes

Rating- R

Written & Directed By- Jimmy Huston

Starring- Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice, DeAnna Robbins, Sherry Willis-Burch, Timothy L. Raynor

Released in 1981 Final Exam despite the cult following its gained over the years is also a semi-forgotten movie and many of the reviews for the movie are sub-par. After the success of Halloween and Friday the 13th slasher films were quite the rage in the 80s and 1981 was one of the biggest years with Halloween 2, Friday the 13th Part 2, The Prowler, The Burning and My Bloody Valentine so its not difficult to understand why Final Exam isn’t more remembered. Quite honestly despite the poor reputation Final Exam has and its not without its flaws, but I think its better than its reputation and while this film may not reach the heights of the slasher films I mentioned I liked this one quite a bit and it may not be in my top 10 slasher flicks of the 80s, but to me its sort of the underdog slasher of the 80s.

The main influence on this movie was Halloween and Final Exam isn’t as scary or suspenseful as Halloween nor does it have the grisly gore F/X of the Prowler or the eerie atmosphere of My Bloody Valentine or the creative deaths like Friday the 13th. Final Exam may not have that fun factor many slasher films are known for and sure it doesn’t sound like there is much to this film, but it is a solid effort. I also think this movie stands out a bit as it doesn’t feature very much gore or nudity often featured in slasher films at the time of Final Exam’s release. During its original release and even now some cast the movie a side due to that, but what Final Exam tries to do is focus more on characters and give them a bit more to do than appear and be killed a few minutes after. The opening scene we have two deaths and than it takes until the 54-minute mark before we get another death and like the lack of gore and nudity that also is something that might turn off a lot of slasher fans. But I think all this works in the movies favor for the most part.

After the murder of two college students we shift to the nearby Lanier College as the students are talking final exams the murder shows up and sets his sights on the students of Lanier.

The screenplay by Jimmy Huston tries to avoid the pitfalls many slasher films often have and to a certain degree he manages to do that. The characters are sort of the typical that we often see in slasher films, but they also have a little more depth than we’re used to seeing. The first half of the movie does focus on the characters and while some viewers may find themselves bored with the lack of action I liked how Jimmy Huston wanted to make more of his characters and not simply have them their to add to the body count. Slasher films in general aren’t known for their characters and I suppose Final Exam isn’t all that different, but they do have a little more depth than the slasher films that dominated the 80s.

The script mixes in comedy and drama with students pulling pranks and the dramatic moments might be a little sappy in spots, but it also gives the film a little more depth than the bulk of the slasher films of the era and while this does work, but around the 30-minute mark the script does run out of steam due to the lack of plot. The 2nd half is when the action kicks in and the script becomes the standard stalk and slash screenplay of the 80s, but might work a little better due to the fact the characters are more established, well sort of works better. Overall the screenplay isn’t anything special, but I respect the fact Jimmy Huston wanted more focus on characters rather than faceless victims and while again the characters may not be all that different than we’ve seen in other films they do have a little more going for them.

As director Jimmy Huston delivers a well made movie that as stated avoids focusing on gore and nudity and shifts focus on the characters instead. While as I stated the first 30-minutes the film is entertaining, but it does begin to slow down and the pacing while never in my opinion bad can lag in spots though. After the opening murders we don’t get another one until the 54-minute mark, which will probably bore those looking for a body count film. If not for a few shots of the killer wandering the campus, which were clearly inspired by Halloween, its easy to forget you’re watching a slasher film since the first half plays out like I said more in tune with a comedy/drama.

The 2nd half is when the action kicks in and we get about 9 deaths in the final 30-minutes and while these scenes may lack the energy of other slasher flicks and the suspense and tension aren’t quite as strong as they could be, but since the characters are a bit more established it does help these scenes play out a little bit better than they would have if not for that. Final Exam may not be as suspenseful as other slasher films of the era, but again it does play out well and the final act with the killer chasing after Courtney (Bagdadi) plays out very well since the character is not only likable, but a little deeper than most final girls. Overall I think Jimmy Huston delivers an underrated movie with some decent suspense.

Some complained how the killer doesn’t wear a mask and there are several slasher films with a mask-less killer, but normally we don’t see their faces until the end like Friday the 13th and slashers like Maniac are quite different. We see mostly side shots of the killers face in Final Exam and when we do see his face its either a quick shot, hidden by shadow or something blocking his face. The final act we do see his face clearer and I think people complain because the killer here is modeled after Michael Myers and he’s the typical silent killer and normally they have a mask on. So it is a bit odd to see the silent killer and be able to see his face.

Another thing that draws mixed reaction is we never find out the killers name or motivation for why he’s killing people. I actually quite liked that; it does make it a bit more eerie since its so random. In one scene a character mentions a girl who killed herself because she wasn’t accepted into a sorority. Could that be a reason for the killings? Who knows and while I get why people disliked it, but the random nature of targeting anyone at least to me makes the film a little creepier and also standout from every other slasher flick. If anything I would say this is the Halloween connection again. Remember in the original Michael Myers has no motive other than being insane it wasn’t until the 2nd he has a reason.

At times while watching Final Exam you can see the influence it may have had on Kevin Williamson with Scream 2 and even a little on H20, which Kevin produced and did some uncredited rewrites.

Overall I enjoy Final Exam, but I clearly get why some find it boring; the suspense is decent, but not as strong as it could have been, it takes a while before the action kicks in and their zero gore. While sure it probably could have used a bit more gore, but when all is said and done I love how Jimmy Huston attempts at creating characters and not faceless victims and yeah the film is flawed and again I wouldn’t rate it in my top 10 slasher films of the 80s, but I very much enjoy this one.

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