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A Cut Above (1985)

Junior (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 13 September 1985 (Canada)
K.C. and Jo are two hardened female ex-cons who decide to build a marina on a lake in backwoods Texas to start a life for themselves, only to be hassled by the redneck locals who do not ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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K.C. (as Suzanne DeLaurentis)
Linda Singer ...
Jo
...
Junior
Michael McKeever ...
Bud
Ken Roberts ...
Sheriff
Cotton Mather ...
Luke
Alanne Perry ...
Sally
Daisy Franklin ...
Prison Guard
Brian Morgan ...
Gas Station Attendant
Tricia Turner ...
Junior's Party Girl
Ken Heuff ...
Thug #1
Peter Mahoney ...
Thug #2
Howie Kirby ...
Thug #3
Tom Lane ...
Thug #4
Tim Latchem ...
Thug #5
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K.C. and Jo are two hardened female ex-cons who decide to build a marina on a lake in backwoods Texas to start a life for themselves, only to be hassled by the redneck locals who do not like outsiders, and that the lakeshore is their own regular hangout. But K.C. and Jo's worst troubles come from Junior, a slow-witted psycho redneck who gets the O.K. from his equally demented mother to kill the two. Written by Matthew Patay <pataygs@voicenet.com>

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You've seen Norman in "Psycho," Damien in "Omen," Jason in "Friday the 13th." now meet Junior. See more »

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[last lines]
K.C.: Just a quiet little town in the country, we'll open a small business, meet a couple of nice guys... DOUBLE bullshit!
Jo: You know, K.C., it's like that movie we saw in prison, um, ooh, what was it? A whole bunch of people getting killed! And, and this crazy guy running around with a chainsaw... Uh, something, something "Massacre", that's it!
K.C.: What about it?
Jo: We just lived it!
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Really Bad Exploitation Picture
9 October 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Junior (1985)

* (out of 4)

K.C. (Suzanne DeLaurentis) and Jo (Linda Singer) are released from prison so they head down south where they plan on building a marina and living a peaceful life. As soon as they pull into the area the local rednecks let them know they're not wanting and for the next hour we see the girls harassed. Then a local man named Junior (Jeremy Ratchford) takes everything a step too far.

JUNIOR is also known as A CUT ABOVE and HOT WATER but I think anyone growing up in the 80s and visiting video stores will remember it under the JUNIOR title thanks to the wonderful video cover of a man with a chainsaw. Well, sadly that cover is another example of great artwork and lousy film because what we get here is pretty bad and certainly not what most are going to be expecting. If you're looking for a horror movie then you're going to have to wait until the final ten minutes of the picture.

Honestly, this here is more of an exploitation piece where a couple hot women are constantly barely wearing clothes while they fight off an assortment of weirdos. Pretty soon the title character shows up and things take a more deadly turn. I thought both DeLaurentis and Singer were cute enough in their roles and Ratchford was certainly good as the mentally challenged man. Still, there's just way too much boredom through the film to make it entertaining and it's not campy enough to be laughable.


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