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Mardi Gras Massacre (1978)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Romance | 11 August 1978 (USA)
Police try to capture someone who is commiting ritual murders of women during Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

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Jack Weis
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Cast

Cast overview:
Curt Dawson Curt Dawson ... Detective Sergeant Frank Abraham
Gwen Arment Gwen Arment ... Sherry
William Metzo William Metzo ... John (as Bill Metzo)
Laura Misch Owens Laura Misch Owens ... Shirley Anderson (as Laura Misch)
Cathryn Lacey Cathryn Lacey ... Dancer with Monk
Nancy Dancer Nancy Dancer ... 19-y-o Dancer
Butch Benit Butch Benit ... Sam the Barman
Wayne Mack Wayne Mack ... Police Captain
Ronald Tanet Ronald Tanet ... Detective Sergeant Mayer
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Police try to capture someone who is commiting ritual murders of women during Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

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Everyone is celebrating nobody hears the screams of the victims for the sacrifice. See more »

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Crime | Horror | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emisario del Terror See more »

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Trivia

The Mardi Gras scenes were shot on Mardi Gras. See more »

Quotes

John: I understand that you are the most... evil woman here! Are you sure you're... evil?
Shirley Anderson - the Evil Prostitute: Listen honey, I could probably take first prize in any evil contest.
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Is available on a Region-Free DVD in the USA, released by 'Videoscreen'. This is the full uncut version See more »

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Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) See more »

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Cosmic Wind
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Performed by The Mike Theodore Orchestra
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Artless and sleazy
26 February 2017 | by drownnnsodaSee all my reviews

"Mardi Gras Massacre" follows John, an apparently Peruvian priest who is stalking the prostitutes of New Orleans and committing sacrificial murders to an unnamed goddess over the Mardi Gras celebration. Meanwhile, a local detective is hot on his tracks.

Notorious as one of the "video nasties" of the late seventies and early eighties, "Mardi Gras Massacre" doesn't exactly promise a high-brow experience by virtue of its title alone, though fans of exploitation films and slasher flicks may expect a bit more fun out of this one than it necessarily delivers.

The main issue with the film is that it feels wildly uninspired, both in script and visuals. The film begins with a guileless prostitute being eviscerated on a table by the villain, and the remainder of the film repeats the scenario in a rotary fashion with occasional montages in-between that are supposed to be suggesting a blooming romance between the detective and one of the prostitutes helping him with the case—which, simply put, just doesn't cut it.

As a result, the film feels truly limp, which is a bit of a shame given that both the setting and general plot thread could have resulted in something a bit more substantive in the right hands. The film is, as some have noted, an apparent unofficial remake of Herschell Gordon Lewis's "Blood Feast"—I can't draw comparisons because I have not seen the film—but based on what I have seen of Lewis's, the influence seems very clear. The performances are ho-hum by mainly unknown actors, and there is a wonderfully dated disco score that at least renders some of the scenes at least somewhat memorable.

Overall, "Mardi Gras Massacre" is a generally weak exploitation offering. The script fails to really gain traction, develop its mythology, or take the audience anywhere substantially exciting. The repetitive murder scenes, though admittedly graphic and somewhat disturbing, grow dull as they wash over the audience. There are a few amusing sequences and a soundtrack that has to be heard to be believed, but the general impression that I was left with was one of "what could have been." 3/10.


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