Loosely based on the notorious Richard Speck murders, this is the grim tale of a disturbed Vietnam vet returning home via Belfast, who invades a house shared by eight nurses and proceeds to terrorize and murder them. Written by
It is fair to say that this is a trashy movie, in the tradition of THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE. It follows Cain Adamson (Mathieu Carriere), a young man recently discharged from service in Saigon, who docks in Northern Ireland and needs to find a ship sailing for the United States. During his stay, he sleeps in a shelter, witnesses a number of armed conflicts in the streets, and obsesses over a boarding home for nurses. One night, he breaks into the boarding home and, over the course of the night, rapes, degrades and murders eight young female nurses.
NAKED MASSACRE (or BORN FOR HELL; the version I have uses the former title) is not quite as explicit as some of the other movies of its type, but there is a twisted intensity to the actions of Cain Adamson as he toys with and brutalizes the unfortunate nurses that might make this difficult for some to watch. True to the title of exploitation, this movie has plenty of nudity and gore, and the plot (if you want to call it that) moves in a fairly linear direction. This is a good film to see if you are a fan of exploitation cinema, but it isn't necessarily among the must-see titles of the genre.
The interesting thing about this movie is the theme of war throughout. Cain Adamson seems right at home in downtown Belfast, backpack slung over his shoulder, explosions sounding all around him. The only person who even comes close to being his friend is, ironically, a young Vietnamese man he meets at the shelter, and neither of them seem to really like each other.
Apparently the only way to get this movie, as of this writing, is through the Chilling Classics 50 Movie Megapack, which is, in fact, how I acquired it. It is very likely part of the public domain, so note that this movie might be available online for free.
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