Ray Dennis Steckler's original cut of "The Chooper" was only 60 minutes long. The film could not be distributed unless it was a minimum of 70 minutes, so Steckler went back and added 10 minutes of random footage from the rodeo. See more »
The setting is a small house and shack in the middle of the desert, an open area with no hiding places, yet the Chooper is able to run around dressed entirely in black in the middle of broad daylight without being noticed. See more »
Pity those who have never seen "Blood Shack," depriving themselves of one of the true guilty pleasures in life. Whether you're watching for the bad acting ("That's right, baby!"--the first scene is a scream), the implausible scenes inside the shack (it grows from one or two rooms to a mansion when the Chooper starts his chase), or even, yes, the rodeo footage (note: many people point out the over-abundance of stock rodeo footage, but many do not realize Wolfgang Schmidt [as Steckler is credited in the film] was forced to add the scenes because the film's distributor felt the movie was too short), you can not go wrong with this rental. The story centers (as if it matters) upon an abandoned old shack (that's actually being kind to the edifice) with a past (cue scary music). It is cared for by Daniel, a man whose fear knows no bounds, and whose torso knows no shirt (he does wear a midriff-exposing jacket, however). Well, yadda, yadda, yadda, a lot of hoopla is made about The Chooper (the spirit who supposedly haunts the place), a girl takes off her clothes (to the most laughable sound track I've ever heard), Daniel throws some wood in a bucket, Daniel hits a tree with a shovel, a lady takes a shower, and yes, we all go to the rodeo. In all, a classic. Oh yeah, the mystery is solved. Most people feel "bad movies" are simply a waste of time; I, on the other--well, actually most of the time they are, but as I preach the gospel of "Blood Shack," many converts have been made. I hope that others, too, will soon see this film for what it is: the "Citizen Kane" of people-throwing-wood-in-buckets-movies.
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