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Scalps (1983)

R | | Horror | December 1983 (USA)
A group of archeological students venture on Indian land for a dig. Unfortunately, they release an evil spirit who possesses one of them and starts killing the others.

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D.J. (as Jo Ann Robinson)
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Randy / Black Claw
Roger Maycock ...
Kershaw Ellerbe
Frank McDonald ...
Ben Murphy
Carol Sue Flockhart ...
Louise Landon
Barbara Magnusson ...
Ellen Corman
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Professor Machen
Carroll Borland ...
Dr. Sharon Reynolds
Cynthia Hartline ...
Ann
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Professor Trentwood
George Randall ...
Billy Ironwing
Jay Walker ...
Kyle Dunne
Frank Scott ...
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Pepi ...
Little Kid
Romeo Rodriguis ...
Cashier
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A group of archeological students head out into the desert on a dig for Indian artifacts, a practice which is forbidden both by their college faculty and the locals. Ignoring the warnings of a old Native American man, the group arrive at their destination and begin digging. Unbeknownst to them, their presence has angered an evil spirit, who will not allow the artifacts to ever leave the land. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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They came out of the grave... to get REVENGE!

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Der Fluch des blutigen Schatzes  »

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The sequel promised at the end was never made. See more »

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A blood tube can be seen briefly on the back of the knife during the scalping scene. See more »

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Next summer watch for SCALPS II: THE RETURN OF D.J. See more »

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28 July 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I had always heard about Scalps as people say it's Fred Olen Ray's best horror flick. Well if this is his best, I'd hate to see the rest! The film starts off a little dull, but starts to get better as the group make their way into the mountains. The atmosphere is quite creepy in a low-budget kind of way and reminded me slightly of The Evil Dead, plus the location is similar to The Hills Have Eyes. I love the shot of the rotting skeleton when the car goes past, but no one sees it.

Once they have set up camp, the group hear mysterious drumming, see strange faces in campfires, and so on. There are some hilarious lines such as "I broke a fingernail!", and also when the girl says that the drumming is coming from hell. The scalping scene is probably the highlight of the film, and is brilliantly done - it really surprised me. When the girls throat is cut, she writhes around in agony and it looks realistic. Also the part where he removes her scalp is really cool. There's another good gore scene when a mans head is chopped off, but it's not quite as impressive.

Overall, Scalps is worth a watch if you can tolerate low budget horror. It's nothing amazing, but does have a low budget charm about it.


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