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The Nail Gun Massacre (1985)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | Video January 1987
After a young girl is gang raped by a crew of construction workers, someone starts killing off members of the group with a nail gun.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rocky Patterson ...
Doc
Ron Queen ...
Sheriff
Beau Leland ...
Bubba
Michelle Meyer ...
Linda (as Michele Meyer)
Sebrina Lawless ...
Mother
Monica Lawless ...
Baby
Jerry Nelson ...
Victim #1
Mike Coady ...
Mark
Staci Gordon ...
Mark's Girlfriend
Randy Hayes ...
Brad
Thom Meyers ...
Hitchhiker (as Tom Meyers)
John Price ...
John
Charles Ladeate ...
Tom
Joann Hazelbarth ...
Maxine
Frances Heard ...
Storekeeper
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Following the brutal rape of a young woman by a gang of construction workers, a mysterious figure wearing a motorcycle helmet and driving a gold hearse begins hunting the perpetrators down. The masked avenger's weapon of choice, obviously, is a nail gun, with which he (or could it be she?) takes out the rapists one by one. Just who is this murderous vigilante? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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When the actress who was originally hired to play the store clerk didn't show up for the shoot, director Terry Lofton got his grandmother--the real clerk at the store where they were shooting--to take the role. She ended up reading her lines straight from the script, which can be seen on the counter in front of her. Later Lofton said she was embarrassed about appearing in the movie when she found out how much sex was in it. See more »

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When the killer falls off of a mining machine, his leg can be seen at the bottom of the screen, indicating that he had hit a pad. See more »

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[Mark and his girlfriend are making out on the bed]
Mark: [suddenly] Oh, shit! What time is it?
Mark's Girlfriend: [eager to have sex] It's time for the organ transplant and you're the donor and I'm the recipient.
Mark: No, really. What time is it?
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Beast (2012) See more »

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"Must be two for one day, mwa ha ha ha ha!"
1 June 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"The Nail Gun Massacre" is damn entertaining, a deliberately cheesy and comical backwoods slasher flick that writer / co-director Terry Lofton was wise not to take seriously. It's got plenty of gore, sex, nudity, one-liners, filler, and silliness, enough to make it a real hoot, although it does drag at times. It does hit the ground running, in any event. As Joe Bob Briggs would say, it's just about the greatest movie to come out of Seagoville, Texas.

A burly, bearded Sheriff (Ron Queen) and a town doctor (Rocky Patterson) who favours muscle shirts and jean jackets have a problem on their hands: some person, possibly male, possibly female, who wears camouflage gear and a bikers' helmet, is going around murdering people with their handy-dandy nail gun. And this person *always* has a witticism for every occasion, uttering their lines in a synthesized Darth Vader type voice and laughing maniacally in the time honoured tradition of film villains. Could this murder spree have something to do with the gang rape that goes down in the opening minutes of the movie?

This is good - well, maybe not "good" - and goofy fun with some deliciously sadistic kills. One poor guy gets a nail right through his crotch; an unlucky hitchhiker gets nailed to the highway. Our killer even takes the time to target people who are having sex, just like any good horror movie madman ought to do. There is much to laugh at here, and certainly it's not all intentional. The highlight has to be when a victim is nailed and falls on top of his barbecue grill - but even in his death throes, is able to carefully prevent the grill from toppling over. There are some attractive ladies in the cast, and the performances are amusing overall, especially from the deadpan Queen as the Sheriff.

The pacing isn't always great; some scenes go on too long, but in the end "The Nail Gun Massacre" emerges as a funny piece of work that aficionados of 1980s horror are advised to seek out.

Seven out of 10.


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