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.
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
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 »
Extremely uneven and atypical slasher film wins in the end by its own strangeness
The opening scene of Unhinged: We're in pitch blackness, for what seems an eternity. We hear shuffling of bedclothes. It's still dark. Time passes, and you really start to wonder what is going on. Finally the heroine switches on the light.. This is the kind of incredibly weird direction that veers between incompetence and some kind of original sensibility that makes me remember this early 80s slasher film and attracts me to it a great deal, in spite of the fact that when I look at most of its individual parts, I can plainly see that they're Not Very Good
There's a terrible bleakness and threat. The acting is terrible, the two leading girls completely wooden. The script, when people are talking (infrequent), is incredibly klunky. But we have this terrible house in the middle of nowhere. A story that is so thin, and divulged so slowly, that it actually works to create suspense. There is very little violence when you expect very much. You really feel that you are in the middle of nowhere and that nobody can help when bloody murder occurs. And the feeling of impending doom in the early stages of the film as these girls drive out into wilderness, and the camera just stalks their car for ages at a time, with nothing else happening, really got to me. It reminds me of the overhead shots of the family car as it drives thru mountains towards disaster in the opening of 'The Shining'
The film is as jagged as the title suggests, alternately scary, atmospheric, totally incompetent, boring and shocking. And for me, in the end, this is a good thing!!
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