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Savage Weekend -- Nicky (Christopher Allport), Shirley (Caitlin O'Heaney), Marie (Marilyn Hamlin) and two others travel to upstate New York for a long weekend vacation. Once at their destination they mix with Otis (William Sanderson), Mac Macauley, and some locals who offer supplies and tell strange tales. A masked killer arrives who is going to ruin this weekend with whatever weapons are handy.


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1979 (USA) See more »
You have been chosen. You are doomed. Prepare for.... SAVAGE WEEKEND
Several couples head upstate to the country to watch a boat being built. Unfortunately they are stalked by a murderer behind a ghoulish mask. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Christopher Allport ... Nicky
Jim Doerr ... Robert Fathwood (as James Doerr)
David Gale ... Mac Macauley
Devin Goldenberg ... Jay Alsop
Marilyn Hamlin ... Marie Sales Pettis
Caitlin O'Heaney ... Shirley Sales (as Kathleen Heaney)

Jeff Pomerantz ... Greg Pettis (as Jeffrey David Pomerantz)

William Sanderson ... Otis

Yancy Butler ... Little Girl (as Yancy Victoria Butler)
Adam Hirsch ... Jeremy Pettis
Don Plumley ... Pool Player
Ben Simon ... Lumberman
Geraldine Chapin ... Woman at Bar
Rae Chapin ... Lumberman
Claude Paulsen ... Waitress at Bar
Robert T. Henderson ... Bartender

Directed by
David Paulsen 
John Mason Kirby (uncredited)
Writing credits
David Paulsen (writer)

Produced by
Claude Duvernoy .... associate producer
John Mason Kirby .... executive producer
John Mason Kirby .... producer
David Paulsen .... producer
Original Music by
Dov Seltzer 
Cinematography by
Zoltan Vidor  (as Zoli Vidor)
Film Editing by
Zion Avrahamian 
Jonathan Day 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Kean .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jane Landis .... boom operator
Rick Waddell .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Steven Cohen .... assistant camera
Music Department
Dov Seltzer .... conductor

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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Germany:BPjM Restricted | Norway:18 (cut) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2006) | USA:R

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Filmed in 1976 as "The Killer Behind The Mask" and released as "Savage Weekend" in 1979 by Cannon Films.See more »
Continuity: A black string around Shirley's neck appears and disappears between shots after her bikini top is ripped off.See more »
Movie Connections:
The Upstate ManSee more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
One of the first classic-style American slashers, 22 July 2015
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Savage Weekend is quite an interesting movie. It's intriguing because, while it looks like many of the countless slice and dice flicks that made up the slasher cycle, it was in fact made some time before these films became popularised and clichéd. It displays some facets that would go on to constitute the classic style slasher film, yet it was made in 1976 and only released three years later in the wake of the huge success of Halloween (1978). It seems to clearly have been a movie somewhat ahead of its time in this respect. Its story is one that would go on to become fairly standard in this sub-genre. A group of rich urban friends travel to a remote location for from R&R, before long a masked psychopath begins picking them off.

Notably, the characters here are adults, in this respect it deviates from the later slasher template which focused almost exclusively on teenagers. One thing these adults do have in common with their teenage descendants, however, is that they seem to spend an inordinate amount of time having sex. In fact Savage Weekend is pretty ram packed with abundant nudity. On the other hand, it also spends an unusually long time on the plot set-up, with a reasonable amount of character development before the killer finally kicks into action. Maybe it spends a little too long on the build-up in fairness, as it does feel at times that the movie could do with a little more thrills and suspense but in the final half hour, the bloody action is certainly ramped up.

The cast was also quite notable for featuring a couple of actors who would go on to star in two 80's cult classics - William (Blade Runner) Sanderson and David (Re-Animator) Gale play a couple of the local hicks. The other most prominent presence in the film was unquestionably the boom mic, which popped up so often and in such hilariously prominent ways that I felt that it should really have been given a special mention in the end credits.

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