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Delirium (1979)

R | | Thriller | July 1979 (USA)
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
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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 ...
Hitchhiker
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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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A Snoozefest Not A Bloodfest
3 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

There's not much to recommend about this Video Nasty except for the storyline, the premise of which should have resulted in a much better movie, and the acting, though they are wasted in this travesty.

This is the story of a secret society sick with the depravity on the streets of their neighbourhood so they hire a Vietnam Veteran to help clean up their streets... the trouble is he's suffering from shell-shock and starts to any and everyone.

This in itself could have given the audience a bloodfest to remember. However, the director, Peter Maris, opts for a slow pace. Which might have worked well to build tension if there had been a torture scene, which there isn't (another missed opportunity), but hinders the film since it's used throughout its runtime. The slowness of the film is made up of boring and pointless scenes that, though, well acted (compared to everything else), are badly directed. There needed to be more action sequences especially concerning the Vet's breakdown.

There're too many flashbacks to Vietnam. The director is so lazy he just cut in loads of stock footage; this adds to the lackadaisical feel of the direction and hinders the film and frustrates the viewer.

I would only recommend this to anyone who is watching the video nasty list to see why some of the listed films were banned (this one was banned because they thought some people may be prone to copy the actions of the Vet). However, be prepared to keep hitting the rewind button every time you wake up because this film has the power to induce sleep.


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