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Blood Harvest (1987)

Not Rated | | Horror | 1987 (USA)
In a small town, people are being murdered by having their throats cut.

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Bill Rebane

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Chris Vaalar (story), William Arthur (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tiny Tim ... Mervo
Itonia Salchek Itonia Salchek ... Jill (as Itonia Salochek)
Dean West Dean West ... Gary
Lori Minnetti Lori Minnetti ... Sarah
Peter Krause ... Boyfriend
Frank Benson Frank Benson ... The Sheriff
Albert Jaggard Albert Jaggard ... The Priest
William Dexter William Dexter ... Man in Cafe
Arlene Dexter Arlene Dexter ... 1st Bank Teller
Jeanette Belant Jeanette Belant ... 2nd Bank Teller
Pete Van Ryan Pete Van Ryan ... Auctioneer
Harvey Woodward Harvey Woodward ... Asstistant Auctioneer
Randy Scott Randy Scott ... Game Player
Chris Jahnke Chris Jahnke ... Game Player
Jim Zabella Jim Zabella ... Game Player
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Tiny Tim stars in his first dramatic film role in this taut drama. A Beautiful young girl, Jill Robinson, returns to her peaceful rural home town to find that her life has been turned upside down. The house she grew up in has been defaced, her parents are missing, and the whole town hates her father, the bank supervisor who had foreclosed on many of the local farms. Only "Marvelous Mervo" (Tiny Tim) seems happy to see her. He wanders around the community dressed in a clown's suit with a clown's permanent grin grotesquely painted on his face. Mervo's brother tries to re-kindle his love affair with Jill. Then, one by one, those closest to her are slaughtered like cattle... tied upside down from the rafters of the barn... until the surprise ending reveals the madman.. and a very unlikely savior. Written by VHS Box

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nightmare See more »

Filming Locations:

Gleason, Wisconsin, USA See more »

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Tiny Tim was making a personal appearance at a beer carnival in Lincoln County, Wisconsin, in 1985, and local filmmaker Bill Rebane was in the audience. He had an idea for a horror film and decided to see if Tiny Tim was interested in appearing in it. He was. This is the result. See more »

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Very underrated 80's slasher flick
19 August 2008 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

A young woman (Itona Salochek) comes back from college to find her parents missing and their home vandalized. She suspects the worst since her dad was in charge of foreclosing on local farms for the bank. The local sheriff is less than helpful though (he's much more interested in his softball league). Meanwhile, she finds herself the object of rather obsessive attention from her former childhood boyfriend and his oddball, mentally challenged brother (Tiny Tim) who sings creepy songs and dresses up like clown (the "Marvelous Mervo").

For some reason, slasher fans don't seem to care for this movie, perhaps because the first murder doesn't occur until some forty minutes in. They're certainly suitably bloody though with victims being tied up upside-down and their throats slit so they can be bled like pigs. There's also a lot of time for character development, which in the case of Ms. Salochek fortunately means many long, completely gratuitous, full-frontal nude scenes (She's actually not that attractive with her clothes on, but wait until she takes them off. Wow!) This is also kind of an unusual setting for a slasher movie. If John Cougar Mellencamp ever made a horror movie it might look something like this. The director, Bill Rebane, is one of these guys who can't really be called "good" or "talented", but his movies are always interesting. He once dressed a VW Bug up as a giant spider in "The Giant Spider Invasion". "The Capture of Bigfoot" was one of the most wacko of many wacko 70's bigfoot movies. "The Demons of Ludlow" was the touching story of a small Midwestern town and their demonically-possessed grand piano. This movie is pretty much the same way, especially considering the main stars were a never-to-be-seen-again Eastern European actress who can't keep her clothes on for five minutes, and Tiny Tim, a VERY odd folk singer from the late 1960's. (He's surprisingly good though).

It does have its flaws. It's pretty slow in places, and the identity of the killer is pretty obvious as there are only two or three possible suspects (and one them is the reddest herring imaginable). Still, I saw this movie back-to-back with "Nail Gun Massacre", a movie slasher-movie fans really rave about, but I liked this one far better. Recommended, no matter what anyone else says.


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