This spaghetti horror's storyline revolves around a former hooker (Grandi) running a successful men's magazine. An obsessed admirer systematically slaughters her models (occasionally ... See full summary »
A priest comes to a small town to help get rid of a monster whose blood coagulates very fast. This creates problems as the monster is very hard to kill and then decides to go on a killing spree of its own.
Vigilante justice organised by an ex-military man who thinks himself a Mastermind.
Another movie made more famous/notorious by it's inclusion on the "video nasty" list of the 80s, Delirium (also known as Psycho Puppet for anyone silly enough to want to track it down . . . . . . . . . like me) is a decidedly average movie that throws in just enough gratuitous nudity and violence to keep exploitation fans amused but then almost ruins things with terrible acting and moments that are simply laughable.
The core of the plot concerns a group of people (led by ex-military man Stem, played by Barron Winchester) who have formed their own swift justice system for those not punished by the standard legal methods. To deal with the criminals they use a Vietnam veteran named Charlie (Nick Panouzis). But things begin to unravel when Charlie blows a gasket and starts killing innocent people.
Peter Maris takes the directorial duties here, and also helped to write the thing, and it's obvious that he was aiming for a sleazy shocker. From the opening knife swipe to the very last scene with the camera moving towards a pool of blood, this film just wants to provide some entertaining nastiness. To be fair, some of the death scenes are okay and the pacing isn't too bad even if things dip drastically during any of the lengthy non-violent moments.
The acting is all pretty bad. Debi Chaney is pretty enough as Susan Norcross but the developing relationship between her and policeman Larry Mead (Terry TenBroek) is never anything that the viewer cares about and just feels like a hell of a lot of filler material despite the danger that the lady finds herself in.
As previously mentioned, the kills and gratuitous nudity do provide some passable entertainment and there's the added strangeness for UK film viewers of the use of the tune "Approaching Menace" by Neil Richardson (the tune most famous for being the "Mastermind" tune). Certainly one you'd never regret having not seen though.
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