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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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Not just another average everyday backwoods slice 'n' dice horror. See more (30 total) »


  (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
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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: When Marie is being led away from the house by the killer, she is wearing gold high heels, but after she escapes from him and then trips and falls she is now wearing black boots.See more »
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References A Bay of Blood (1971)See more »


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Not just another average everyday backwoods slice 'n' dice horror., 28 February 2014
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

A group of New Yorkers travel upstate for the weekend where they upset the locals and find themselves stalked by a deranged killer wearing a rubber horror mask.

The moment screaming queen Nicky (Christopher Allport) started kicking redneck ass in a bar room brawl, I guessed that Savage Weekend wasn't going to be just another average everyday backwoods slice 'n' dice horror; scenes like that don't happen in 'normal' slashers. Sure enough, although the film delivers several of the expected genre clichés (gratuitous nudity, a masked killer, suspicious hillbillies etc.), there is simply too much off-kilter weirdness and sleaze on display to pigeon-hole this one as a routine slasher flick.

Take the movie's collection of characters, for example, whose behaviour is far from predictable...

Middle-aged stockbroker Robert Fathwood (Jim Doerr) is dating sexy Marie Sales (Marilyn Hamlin), who is on the rebound having just split with her husband Greg (Jeff Pomerantz), who is having a personal crisis after his boss committed suicide. Marie, however, still fantasises about Greg during sex, and also likes to flirt with local bit of rough Mac Macauley (David Gale) by suggestively stroking his tractor's hydraulics. Macauley eventually succumbs to Marie's advances (after she suggestively fondles one of his cow's udders) but discovers that she is just being a tease. Marie's hot-to-trot sister Shirley (Caitlin O'Heaney), on the other hand, is a genuine goer: she enjoys sunbathing nude and has impromptu outdoor sex with Jay (Devin Goldenberg), one of Robert's employees, under the watchful gaze of the group's only gay member Nicky, who she later tries to seduce by doing a sexy tango for him in her undies. Meanwhile, local weirdo Otis (William Sanderson), who allegedly branded his unfaithful wife with the letter 'H' (for 'whore'), spends his spare time in the graveyard chatting to his dead brother!

After an hour of watching these characters interacting (i.e. mostly flirting and having sex)—and dodging the boom mic (which makes regular appearances)—the mysterious killer turns up to off the city folk one by one, via hanging, hat-pin in the ear, table saw activated by light switch (that old chestnut), and defenestration. The identity of the killer is then revealed (I won't say who it is, but it's not too hard to figure out), Marie gets chased a bit, and there's a chainsaw/machete fight.

Like I said… not just another average everyday backwoods slice 'n' dice horror.

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