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The Majorettes (1987)

 -  Action | Crime | Horror  -  March 1987 (UK)
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A hooded psycho is murdering high-school girls. A devil-worshiping, drug-dealing biker gang is suspected.

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(as Bill Hinzman)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Kindlin ...
Jeff Halloway
Terrie Godfrey ...
Vicky McAllister
Mark V. Jevicky ...
Sheriff Braden
Sueanne Seamens ...
Judy Marino
Denise Huot ...
Helga Schuler
Carl Hetrick ...
Roland Martell
Mary Jo Limpert ...
Marie Morgan
Harold K. Keller ...
Harry Schuler
Tom E. Desrocher ...
Mace Jackson
Jacqueline Bowman ...
Nicole Hendricks
Colin Martin ...
Tommy Harvack
William R. Mott ...
Bart
Tom Madden ...
Teela
M. Therian ...
Hank
Dana Maiello ...
Barbara
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A hooded psycho killer is going around killing the members of a high school cheerleading squad in a small western Pennsylvania town. While the local sheriff and a federal officer investigate the killings, other going ons around them include a greedy nurse ploting to kill her employer and daughter for a piece of an inherentence while the nurse's creepy son stumbles upon a clue in the killings. Among the various other red herrings include a local biker gang that's suspected in the killings which complicates matters for the police and all the persons involved. Written by Anonymous

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Sis, Boom, Blood. You're Dead!


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March 1987 (UK)  »

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$85,000 (estimated)
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World Without Dreams
Music by Mark Harbst
Lyrics by Paul McCollough
Performed by Wendi Kelly
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Underrated? Hell yes!
1 July 2009 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Hey … what's with all the harsh and negative reviews on "The Majorettes"? I watched this movie before checking out what people thought or even taking a glimpse at the rating and thought it was a surprisingly enjoyable film! I was convinced it would have some loyal fans among the reviewers, but strangely enough practically all comments are discouraging others to see it. Well then allow me to be one of the only souls on the Internet promoting this eighties action/horror oddity!

Avid and knowledgeable fans of the genre will immediately recognize two of the displayed names in the opening credits of "The Majorettes"; i.e. John Russo and Bill Hinzman. Both these gentlemen played fundamental roles in the establishment of one of the greatest milestones in cinema of all time; George A. Romero's "Night of the Living Dead". Russo was the co-writer and Hinzman played the legendary cemetery zombie with whom the invasion of the dead all begun. They went onwards with lesser successful careers in the 80's (Russo wrote and directed the obscure "Midnight" and Hinzman put together the dreadful "Flesheater"), but "The Majorettes" was their mini-reunion!

That being said, "The Majorettes" opens exactly like you expect an 80's horror movie with such a lurid title to start! With a posse of chicks in tight gym suits doing aerobics to the tunes of dreadful pop music and then collectively stripping nude to hit the showers. So far so good, I'd say… After that it's getting even more typically 80's with voyeuristic janitors, love-making couples getting slashed in the backwoods and harsh bullying all within a span of five minutes! "The Majorettes" can overall be filed in the slasher cabinet, but there's certainly more than meets the eye. The plot is reasonably ambitious and there are some clear attempts to generate tension and atmosphere in between all the gratuitous nudity and brutal gore. A vicious killer dressed in a military camouflage outfit goes around slitting the throats of high school majorettes. The local drug dealer and boyfriend of the first victim is the main suspect, but it seems that the real killer has much more religious motivations for his killing spree.

I spent quite a number of years looking for "The Majorettes" before finding it on a DVD-compilation along with "Hell High" and "Hitcher in the Dark". I have no idea why it's so relatively obscure, as it really isn't any worse than the vast majority of 80's stalk & slash movies. Quite the contrary, at least this movie tries to insert some significant twists and additional story lines. It's a mishmash of obvious red herrings and genuinely inventive plot twists. The whodunit factor is reasonably well-structured and effectively keeps you guessing along. The teen characters are also surprisingly likable and not at all the stereotypical bimbo-dimwits you anticipate to encounter in this sort of films. The acting is adequate (the copper with the mustache not included), there's plenty of excitement and the special effects are pretty cool. As far as yours truly is concerned, "The Majorettes" is one of the slasher-sleepers of the decade and urgently needs a fan base!

PS: Keep an eye open for the sequences with the grandmother! She looks as she had no idea she was on a film set!


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