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
Forrest J. Ackerman ...
Professor Trentwood
George Randall ...
Billy Ironwing
Jay Walker ...
Kyle Dunne
Frank Scott ...
Prospector
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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December 1983 (USA)  »

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Der Fluch des blutigen Schatzes  »

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Perhaps Fred Olen Ray's best film?
4 August 2008 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

"Scalps" is a bloody Native American slasher with a nice supernatural angle.Six archeology students head to the desert to search for Native American artifacts.Despite the warnings of DJ,the students disturb the ancient Indian burial ground and unleash the vengeful spirit of Black Claw.After possessing Randy,Black Claw hunts down the others with an arsenal of stone-age weapons.Despite its crude cinematography and editing "Scalps" is an overlooked slasher with some nasty bits of gore.The throat slashing and scalping sequence truly made me squirm in my seat.A combination of desert landscapes and sinister soundtrack gives "Scalps" a raw and nihilistic atmosphere of fear and despair.Unofficial sequel "Demon Warrior" was made in 1988.


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