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Berserker (1987)

R | | Horror | July 1987 (USA)
Six young adults in the woods run afoul of a berserker, a viking warrior who dons the fur and snout of a bear, and are slain in turn by him.

Director:

Jefferson Richard (as Jef Richard)

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Jefferson Richard (as Jef Richard), Joseph Kaufman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joseph Alan Johnson Joseph Alan Johnson ... Mike
Greg Dawson ... Josh
Valerie Sheldon Valerie Sheldon ... Kathy
Shannon Engemann ... Kristi
Beth Toussaint ... Shelly
Rodney Montague Rodney Montague ... Larry
Oscar Rowland ... Homer
Beverly Rowland Beverly Rowland ... Edna
Mike Riley ... Berserker
John F. Goff John F. Goff ... Officer Hill (as John Goff)
George 'Buck' Flower ... Pappy Nyquist
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In the 10th century a viking ship arrives on the North American shore. In present day, somewhere in the woods, a couple of seniors is struck down by a frenzied assailant. The next day, assertive rock music-loving Josh takes his college friends, easy-going Mike, Mike's fun-loving girlfriend Shelly, enthusiastic Kathy, Kathy's unenthusiastic frizzy-haired friend Kristi and bookworm Larry, in his black pickup to a cabin near a creek in the woods where he and his family used to camp. They have fun there until nightfall. Josh becomes nostalgic for the days of his youth he spent there with his folks and unsuccessfully tries to hit on Kristi, Mike and Shelly have fun with each other and Kathy shows subtle interest in Larry. Larry however is more interested in the history of the place, since it's said that vikings from Norway landed in the vicinity 1000 years ago and built the first settlement there. Another story he's curious about is the Nordic myth of the curse of the berserker. Some ...

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It's too late to run. There's no time to scream... Just close your eyes and pray to die. [video cover] See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Berserker: The Nordic Curse See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA

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American Video Group See more »
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Mono

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Color
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Expect long scenes of idiots stumbling through the woods...
20 September 2002 | by BillyBCSee all my reviews

(* out of *****) Here's a bad idea for a slasher movie: Get the audience all stoked and build their expectations by setting up a terrifying, Viking warrior killer called a `berserker' who tears apart and cannibalizes his victims, but then don't even reveal him until the last fifteen minutes. Instead, have half the cast (and the best-looking half on top of that) get killed off by a stupid, boring bear. Seriously, this frustrating movie doesn't know whether it wants to be "Friday the 13th" or "Grizzly 2," and the bear attacks are drawn out and laughably fake looking. Even though it clocks in well under an hour and a half, much of this turkey is still padded with long, tedious scenes of old men playing chess and making fun of each other's hearing and frightened doofuses walking through the woods or limping and falling through creek beds. When the berserker is killed, his mask disappears off of his face for some reason, as if he's a werewolf. Curiously, of the six main characters, only two of them are killed (and the violence is minimal), so I'm wondering just to whom the heck this supposed `slasher' film is targeted. B-movie veteran George `Buck' Flower is the only actor of note in this mess, but I'm sure even he would like to forget it. The Blockbuster Video Guide gave this movie three stars -- I seriously want to meet the person who sat down, watched this entire movie, and said to him/herself, `Now that's three-star entertainment!'

Lowlight: The `climactic' fight between the berserker and the bear. Most of the time, it looks like they're just hugging each other.


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