3.8/10
1,515
47 user 48 critic

The Nail Gun Massacre (1985)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | Video January 1987
After a young girl is gang raped by a crew of construction workers, someone starts killing off members of the group with a nail gun.

Writer:

Terry Lofton (story & screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A detective embarks on a mission to track down a woman in L.A.'s seedy nightclubs, only to come face-to-face with a blood-thirsty cult of lethally beautiful prostitutes. Is he the next victim of Hollywood's demented Chainsaw Hookers?

Director: Fred Olen Ray
Stars: Gunnar Hansen, Linnea Quigley, John Henry Richardson
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Two years ago, a young woman named Valerie was burned after entering a tanning salon. Now, her twin sister, Rhonda, runs a local gym where, all of a sudden, people are being murdered.

Director: David A. Prior
Stars: Marcia Karr, David Campbell, Fritz Matthews
The Mutilator (1984)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A teenager who accidentally committed matricide finds himself being hunted together with his girlfriend and mates by his now crazed father.

Directors: Buddy Cooper, John Douglass
Stars: Matt Mitler, Ruth Martinez, Bill Hitchcock
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A masked killer begins murdering students on the school track team after a track runner dies upon completion of a 30 second 200-meter race.

Director: Herb Freed
Stars: Christopher George, Patch Mackenzie, E. Danny Murphy
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

When Detective Cody Sheehan discovers the body of a stripper from the Rock Bottom dance club, she wants the case. Her partner, Detective Heineman, is equally anxious to make the jump to the... See full summary »

Director: Katt Shea
Stars: Kay Lenz, Greg Evigan, Norman Fell
The Prowler (1981)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An unknown killer, clad in World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35 year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.

Director: Joseph Zito
Stars: Vicky Dawson, Christopher Goutman, Lawrence Tierney
Doom Asylum (1988)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A horribly disfigured lawyer, wrongfully pronounced dead after a terrible car accident, is taken to an asylum for dissection, only to come back alive, kill everyone, and make the asylum his killing grounds.

Director: Richard Friedman
Stars: Patty Mullen, Ruth Collins, Kristin Davis
Jack Frost (Video 1997)
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

After an accident that left murderer Jack Frost dead in genetic material the vengeful killer returns as a murderous snowman to exact his revenge on the man who sent him to be executed

Director: Michael Cooney
Stars: Scott MacDonald, Christopher Allport, Stephen Mendel
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A deranged rural farmer becomes a grave robber and murderer after the death of his possessive mother, whose corpse he keeps, among others, as his companion in a decaying farmhouse.

Directors: Jeff Gillen, Alan Ormsby
Stars: Roberts Blossom, Cosette Lee, Leslie Carlson
TerrorVision (1986)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A family's new satellite TV system starts receiving signals from another planet, and soon it becomes the passageway to an alien world.

Director: Ted Nicolaou
Stars: Diane Franklin, Mary Woronov, Gerrit Graham
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A toy factory worker, mentally scarred as a child upon learning Santa Claus is not real, suffers a nervous breakdown after being belittled at work, and embarks on a Yuletide killing spree.

Director: Lewis Jackson
Stars: Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn, Dianne Hull
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An archaeology professor discovers an ancient crypt which contains living dead corpses. The zombies go on a rampage and attack a group of people which the professor had invited to celebrate his discovery.

Director: Andrea Bianchi
Stars: Karin Well, Gianluigi Chirizzi, Simone Mattioli
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rocky Patterson Rocky Patterson ... Doc
Ron Queen Ron Queen ... Sheriff
Beau Leland Beau Leland ... Bubba
Michelle Meyer Michelle Meyer ... Linda (as Michele Meyer)
Sebrina Lawless Sebrina Lawless ... Mother
Monica Lawless Monica Lawless ... Baby
Jerry L. Nelson Jerry L. Nelson ... Victim #1
Mike Coady Mike Coady ... Mark
Staci Gordon Staci Gordon ... Mark's Girlfriend
Randy Hayes Randy Hayes ... Brad
Thom Meyers ... Hitchhiker (as Tom Meyers)
John Price John Price ... John
Charles Ladeate Charles Ladeate ... Tom
Joann Hazelbarth Joann Hazelbarth ... Maxine
Frances Heard ... Storekeeper
Edit

Storyline

Following the brutal rape of a young woman by a gang of construction workers, a mysterious figure wearing a motorcycle helmet and driving a gold hearse begins hunting the perpetrators down. The masked avenger's weapon of choice, obviously, is a nail gun, with which he (or could it be she?) takes out the rapists one by one. Just who is this murderous vigilante? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Who will get nailed next? See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Texas Nailgun Massacre See more »

Filming Locations:

Combine, Texas, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Futuristic Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Writer/director Terry Lofton said the movie was inspired by some construction worker friends of his who he saw having a "nail gun battle" at a construction site. The scene was re-created for the movie. See more »

Goofs

When one of the construction workers is doing the "nailgun fight" he runs for cover and steps on a rake that shoots up and hits him in the crotch, in a shot right afterwards the rake is missing. See more »

Quotes

[Mark and his girlfriend are making out on the bed]
Mark: [suddenly] Oh, shit! What time is it?
Mark's Girlfriend: [eager to have sex] It's time for the organ transplant and you're the donor and I'm the recipient.
Mark: No, really. What time is it?
See more »

Connections

Featured in Escale à Nanarland: Carnage (2012) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Atmospheric schlock
30 September 2016 | by drownnnsodaSee all my reviews

"The Nail Gun Massacre" is everything it sounds like—a psychopath is roaming the backwoods of Texas with a souped-up nail gun, turning men and women into human pincushions. Could it be related to a brutal rape that occurred some six months prior? An obvious riff in title on "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" and boasting an opening rape scene unabashedly culled from "I Spit on Your Grave," "The Nail Gun Massacre" is an unabashedly derivative mid-80s riff on slasher conventions, pulled together on a shoestring budget.

As bad as it sounds, I feel that this film has gotten a lot of heat from web critics who aren't really taking it on its own terms—this is not Bergman, Tarkovsky, or Kubrick—it isn't high art. It's a film whose singular distinguishing element is that its killer's weapon of choice is a nail gun. My point being, "The Nail Gun Massacre" doesn't claim to be anything other than what it is, and most horror audiences (especially those who have a taste for these older exploitation films) should know this.

That aside, the film is not a technical masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination. The murder scenes are surprisingly better than one would expect given the shoestring budget, and never cease to be elaborate or grotesque. A pulsing synth score accompanies most of the scenes, and is admittedly a bit overbearing, while the killer hurls goofy one-liners at the victims in an inexplicable robot voice. The acting overall is bad, but passable by eighties slasher standards. Most of the men are buffoons, and the women prancing around naked. In spite of those caveats though, the film does capture the quiet backwoods of Texas rather effectively, and it is an extremely atmospheric film given all of its shortcomings. The photography of the woods captures a strange foreboding that, whether intentional or just a happy accident, is far more nuanced than anything else about the film.

All in all, "The Nail Gun Massacre" is, at least as far as eighties slashers go, not nearly as bad of a film as some may lead you to believe. It's schlocky, gratuitous, and at times badly acted, but isn't that what we love these films for? It at least has the distinguishing feature of a nail gun- obsessed killer, and it also excels at capturing the dreariness of sleepy backwoods Texas, which is more than one would necessarily expect. 5/10.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 47 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed