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Delirium (1979)

R  |   |  Thriller  |  July 1979 (USA)
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An ex-soldier is hired by local right-wingers as a vigilante to clean up criminals and street people. However, he freaks out and starts killing off everybody.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Turk Cekovsky ...
Paul Dollinger
Debi Chaney ...
Susan Norcross
Terry TenBroek ...
Larry Mead (as Terry Ten Broek)
Barron Winchester ...
Eric Stem
Bob Winters ...
Donald Andrews
Garrett Bergfeld ...
Mark
Nick Panouzis ...
Charlie Gunther
Harry Gorsuch ...
Capt. Hearn
Chris Chronopolis ...
Det. Parker
Lloyd Schattyn ...
Det. Simms
Jack Garvey ...
Devlin
Mike Kalist ...
Specter
Myron Kozman ...
Wells
Pat Knapko ...
Jenny Thompson
Letty Garris ...
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An ex-soldier is hired by local right-wingers as a vigilante to clean up criminals and street people. However, he freaks out and starts killing off everybody.

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Vigilante Video Nastiness.
10 January 2011 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

A secret society of vigilante businessmen hire ex-military man Eric Stem (Barron Winchester) to bring justice to criminals who have been set free thanks to loopholes in the law. When one of Stern's men, an impotent Vietnam veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress, flips out and begins to murder innocent people (primarily attractive, semi-naked or completely naked young women), the group's illicit activities attract the unwanted attention of the police.

Boasting a volatile combination of vigilantism and misogynistic violence, it's not surprising that director Peter Maris's Delirium (AKA Psycho Puppet) was given a hard time during the Video Nasty era; in these more tolerant, less Draconian days, however, the film's insalubrious content—some graphic gore and gratuitous female nudity—is unlikely to be an issue with any but the most joyless of fascist zealots, people who thankfully no longer wield the social clout that they used to.

If anything, the one element that is most likely to raise an eyebrow (in the UK, at least) is the film's strange use of BBC's 'Mastermind' theme music during its most dramatic moments; it's hard to take matters seriously when it sounds as though Magnus Magnusson might pop up at any moment to put the film's characters through a gruelling two minutes of quick-fire questions on their specialist subject.

5.5 out of 10, rounded up to 6 for the brief but impressive spear through the chest, all the unnecessary but very welcome nekkidness, and the juicy war wounds in the Vietnam flashbacks.


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