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Unhinged (1982)

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Three college girls on their way to a jazz festival crash their car in the isolated woods during a rainstorm, and are taken in by a mysterious family in an old mansion. Little do the girls know, the family has a dark, murderous secret.

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Cast overview:
Laurel Munson ...
Janet Penner ...
Marion Penrose (as J.E. Penner)
Sara Ansley ...
Nancy Paulson
Virginia Settle ...
Mrs. Penrose
John Morrison ...
Norman Barnes
Barbara Lusch ...
Gloria
Bill Simmonds ...
Carl Penrose
Francine Molter ...
Terry's Mother (voice)
Dave Hood ...
DJ (voice)
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College students, Terry, Nancy and Gloria are on their way to a rock concert, driving through a torrential rainstorm... only to crash their car, badly injuring one of them. Seeking shelter and aid they come across a house occupied by a man-hating mother and her daughter... our trio soon wish they hadn't. Written by suspicous

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car | mansion | woods | secret | old lady | See more »

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Get your slice from the reaper. Violence beyond reason, Victims beyond help. See more »

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The film had already received notoriety in the UK after being featured on the BBC News as part of a report concerning the availability of uncertified video films. Even though the film had received a cinema certificate by the BBFC this led to it being banned and included on the DPP list of 72 video nasties. The film was eventually passed uncut in the UK in 2005. See more »

Quotes

Marion Penrose: Why did you have to hurt him?
Terry Morgan: He tried to kill me!
Marion Penrose: He was only playing with you!
Terry Morgan: PLAYING? GO LOOK IN THE SHED IF YOU THINK HE WAS PLAYING!
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Crazy Credits

The fast-food restaurant chain, "Taco Time" is given a special thanks in the end credits, because of the radio ad that is heard in the beginning of the movie. See more »

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Referenced in Video Violence (1987) See more »

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PIANO CONCERTO NO. 20 IN D MINOR, K. 466, mvt. 2
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Oh Dear, another unearthed video nasty!
18 January 1999 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Three college girls are stranded in the countryside after they crash their car during a violent rainstorm. They stumble on a Victorian mansion owned by the sexually repressed and psychotic man-hating fallen aristocrat, Mrs Penrose.

As the plot unfolds we learn that Mrs Penrose and her family hide a dark secret that reaches a somewhat anti-climactic twist ending in the style of 'Sleepaway Camp'and 'The Crying Game'.

Although this film is drenched in a tone that has come to define early eighties horror sleaze it is about the only aspect of this film worth noting. There are far too many aerial shots and pointless fill-in scenes designed to pad the running time to an acceptable movie length. The pacing is jagged and premature as many scenes are cut short by bad editing thus losing momentum and tension.

The acting is quite abysmal.The actors speak their lines as if they are reading them for the first time. Laurel Munson (not surprisingly my research could not unearth other roles)delivers her lines with a flat whine that grates on your nerves like finger nails on a chalk board.

Recommended for early eighties splatter aficionados in amongst your copies of Joseph Merhi's 'Epitaph',Larry Stewart's 'The Initiation', and Tom McGowan's 'The Nightmare Never Ends' as an excellent example of how low the horror market slumped during this decade.


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