Joanne, Patty, Brian, and Craig prepare the old dorm building to be torn down. They are pursued by a serial killer with a wide range of murder methods, ranging from power drill to ... See full summary »
Five campers arrive in the mountains to examine some property they have bought, but are warned by the forest ranger Roy McLean that a huge machete-wielding maniac has been terrorising the ... See full summary »
A masked killer, wearing World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35-year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.
After a high school track runner, named Laura, suddenly dies from a heart attack after finishing a 30-second 200-meter race, a killer wearing a sweat suit and a fencing mask begins killing off her friends on the school track team one by one. The suspects include the track coach Michaels, Laura's sister Anne who arrives in town for the funeral, the creepy school principal Mr. Guglione, and Laura's strange boyfriend Kevin. Written by
The blonde girl in the number 46 track jersey was cut out of the film as much as possible since she was fired due to refusal to fulfill the nudity requirements. Linnea Quigley was hired to replace her. See more »
Laura's jersey number repeatedly changes between 45 and 40 during the opening sequence. See more »
Laura Ramstead (Ruth Ann Llorens) is a high schooler competing in a track & field event; after completing a run, she drops dead (of a blood clot). Soon her sister Anne (Patch Mackenzie), an ensign in the U.S. Navy, returns home, and Anne does a little bit of sleuthing into the matter. And while this is going on, a psycho wearing a track suit and carrying around a stopwatch is slaughtering the other members of Lauras' track team. Could the killer be the hard-driving coach (Christopher George)? Someone on the team? Or even Anne herself? Slasher fans will have some fun waiting for the answer.
Written by Anne Marisse and director Herb Freed, this doesn't do much that's different from the average movie of this type. One amusing touch is that the killer uses the stopwatch every time they make a kill. Their methods are sometimes hilariously ingenious: rigging a mattress with spikes so that a pole vaulter will be impaled, ramming a javelin through a football and then skewering a jock with the javelin, etc. Makeup effects aren't the most elaborate or gory you'll see in a slasher, but they're decent. Linnea Quigley, in an early role, is unsurprisingly the cast member who fulfils the T & A requirement. There are other pleasures as well, such as the presence of 'Wheel of Fortune' hostess Vanna White (in real life she's Christopher Georges' niece), the fact that the secretary played by E.J. Peaker is actually named "Blondie" (!), the performance by Michael Pataki as the harried principal, etc. There's a major musical number from the band Felony that seems to go on for days while it accompanies a murder set piece.
The acting is serviceable for this sort of affair. Mackenzie isn't much of a protagonist, but George is fun, as are E. Danny Murphy as Lauras' grieving boyfriend, Richard Balin as the uber cheesy music teacher, Carmen Argenziano as an investigating detective, and Virgil Frye as a party pooping cop. If you recognize the lovely lady playing victim Paula Brentwood, that's because it's Linda Shayne, the B movie perennial whose credits include "Humanoids from the Deep" and "Screwballs".
Director Freed was absolutely no fan of this genre, but had a hard time escaping it (among his previous credits are "Haunts" and "Beyond Evil"). Convinced that the key to a successful slasher lay in a formula, he did study earlier slashers and take notes, then applying them to his movie.
The result is reasonably entertaining. Slasher completists will definitely want to put it on their "to watch" list.
Six out of 10.
0 of 0 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?