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Delirium (1979)

An ex-soldier is hired by local right-wingers as a vigilante to clean up criminals and street people. However, he freaks out and starts killing off everybody.

Director:

Peter Maris

Writers:

Eddie Krell (story), Jim Loew (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Turk Cekovsky Turk Cekovsky ... Paul Dollinger
Debi Chaney Debi Chaney ... Susan Norcross
Terry TenBroek ... Larry Mead (as Terry Ten Broek)
Barron Winchester Barron Winchester ... Eric Stem
Bob Winters Bob Winters ... Donald Andrews
Garrett Bergfeld Garrett Bergfeld ... Mark
Nick Panouzis Nick Panouzis ... Charlie Gunther
Harry Gorsuch Harry Gorsuch ... Capt. Hearn
Chris Chronopolis Chris Chronopolis ... Det. Parker
Lloyd Schattyn Lloyd Schattyn ... Det. Simms
Jack Garvey Jack Garvey ... Devlin
Mike Kalist Mike Kalist ... Specter
Myron Kozman Myron Kozman ... Wells
Pat Knapko Pat Knapko ... Jenny Thompson
Letty Garris Letty Garris ... Hitchhiker
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An ex-soldier is hired by local right-wingers as a vigilante to clean up criminals and street people. However, he freaks out and starts killing off everybody.

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Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Psycho Puppet See more »

Filming Locations:

St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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Mono

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Color
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Alternate Versions

The film was banned in the UK and included on the DPP 72 list of video nasties. It was eventually issued as "Psycho Puppet" on the Viz video label in 1987 after 16 secs of BBFC cuts to edit a scene of a topless woman being impaled with a spear. See more »

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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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Two lousy exploitations for the price of one.
24 December 2008 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

This is one of the strangest and definitely one of the most atypical titles to be found in the whole list of infamous Video Nasties. Judging by the stills on the back of the VHS-cover and based on the narrative during the first half of the film, I would unhesitatingly describe "Delirium" as a crude and misogynistic slasher reminiscent of "Maniac" and "Don't Go in the House". You know; the type of sick film that doesn't bother keeping the identity of the killer secret but depicts the violence against female victims extra vile and repellent. There's a maniac at large who slaughters his women relentlessly and grotesque. One of the poor girls even has a pitchfork stuck in her throat! Whilst the roommate of his first victim teams up with the incompetent police force, the maniac – Charlie – gets killed after a failed attempt to make another victim. Then suddenly and completely unexpected, "Delirium" becomes a post-Vietnam war drama. It is revealed that Charlie was a member of a secret network of vigilantes that exists entirely out of bloodthirsty Vietnam veterans and they are hired by a board of eminent & businessmen in order to keep the streets crime-free. Charlie just went a little berserk and started killing women randomly, that's all! The "leader" of the vigilantes is a fairly short-sized yet menacing guy with a shiny bald head that would make even Telly Savalas jealous and, during the climax of the film, he goes totally bonkers as well. The concept of "Delirium" undoubtedly shows potential, but the elaboration is overly confusion and dull and reverts all too easily to dreadful clichés (like Vietnam flashbacks and power mad army officers). The first slasher half is rather exciting, with a couple of truly nasty murder sequences and the most laughably inept police investigation ever, but the second half is painfully tedious and derivative of much better films. I can't really bring myself to recommend "Delirium" to anyone, but I suppose it holds some interest if you're a cult movie freak.


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