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Blood Hook (1986)

R | | Comedy, Horror | April 1987 (USA)
During a local fishing contest, people are being mysteriously dragged into the lake and killed by a giant fish hook. After a sufficient number of deaths, the killer is finally revealed.


(as James Mallon)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Jacobs ...
Peter van Clease
Lisa Jane Todd ...
Ann (as Lisa Todd)
Patrick Danz ...
Sara Hauser ...
Christopher Whiting ...
Don Winters ...
Leroy Leudke
Paul Drake ...
Wayne Duerst
Bill Lowrie ...
Evelyn Duerst
Sandy Meuwissen ...
Bev D.
Dale Dunham ...
Denny Dobyns
Paul Heckman ...
The Sheriff
Don Cosgrove ...
Roger Swain
Bonnie Lee ...
Shiela Swain
Greg Nienas ...
Irving Swain
Julie Vortanz ...
Ruth-Ann Swain


It's time for the annual "Muskie Madness" fishing contest, and the lake is packed with hopeful fishermen. It soon becomes apparent, however, that a psychotic serial killer has also decided to join the festivities. Although the police have determined that the killer is claiming his victims by landing them with giant fishhooks, no clear suspects can be found since everyone is using the exact same hook! What is the killer's goal? And more importantly, can the murders be stopped? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Live bait ... but not for long! See more »


Comedy | Horror


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In the television show, "Parks and Rec.", season 5 episode 5, "Blood Hook" is the scary movie that plays at the Pawnee City Hall scary movie night. They refer to the film as Death Canoe 4. See more »


Referenced in Tromeo and Juliet (1996) See more »


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Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na Fishing! Fishing! Fishing... Fishing!
15 December 2009 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Even after so many times, it always remains somewhat worrying to witness a movie opening with the logo of Troma Studios, you know the orange-type of city background with the announcement in yellow letters "Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz Present…" Even if they were only responsible for the distribution of this film, the two aforementioned gentlemen and their company are not exactly known for their fine and sophisticated contributions to the world of horror cinema; what with outrageous and ineptly made low-budget trash landmarks such as "The Toxic Avenger" and "Mother's Day".

But maybe it's just because of the fact they weren't involved in the actual production that you don't really have to worry too much. "Blood Hook" actually is a light-headed, easily digestible but overall pretty dumb late 80's slasher effort from the same director that would, ironically enough, later gain fame as the creative genius behind "Mystery Science Theater 3000"; a TV-phenomenon mocking the allegedly worst films ever made. The story of "Blood Hook" revolves on a twenty- something dork and four of his even less interesting friends spending a little holiday in the fisherman's town where he witnessed his grandfather suffering from a severe heart attack and drowning in the lake all these years ago. Synchronously with their arrival in town, there's the bizarre occurrence of a series of blood fish-hook inflicted murders. "Blood Hook" is one of those movies that desperately attempt to make one or even multiple characters look exaggeratedly suspicious, although – if you've seen a lot of slasher movies already – you just know it's a weak and ineffective red herring. I mean, they can't seriously expect us to believe that the stereotypical crazed Vietnam veteran is the culprit. Actually, "Blood Hook" is a film that takes itself surprisingly serious in spite just being an 80's slasher in which people are getting impaled by an over-sized and ludicrous looking fishing hook! You don't really expect to find ambitious character trauma analysis or slowly developing love stories in a flick like this, right? At least I don't.

There are a handful of delightful gory highlights, like when the maniac literally fillets one of his victims after already having shoved a pole through his throat and chin! There's also ear-amputation, grueling disembowelment and strangulation for us, sick puppies, to enjoy. The identity of the killer, as well as his main motivation, is of minor importance, but I'm already happy to announce that we're dealing with a totally demented lunatic who goes around using inventive methods and stores the bodies underneath a pier. The acting performances are decent enough (far better than you would expect at least), the make-up art is okay as well and there even are a few attempts to build up suspense. It's really too bad about some boring overlong sequences and the inexplicable lack of nudity, otherwise this would even be one of the better late 80's slasher efforts. There's space left widely open for a sequel that never came. With all the other and far more inferior trash that I've watched already, I wouldn't have minded a sequel actually.

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