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City of Blood (1987)

R | | Drama, Horror | 1987 (South Africa)
A medical examiner investigating a series of prostitute murders discovers that the culprit is an ancient tribal witch doctor come back to life.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Stewardson ... Dr. Joe Henderson
... Max Wharton
... Black Leader
Susan Coetzer ... Abigail
... Captain Stoltz
Greg Latter ... Sergeant Phillips
... Prime Minister
Liz Dick ... Claire Henderson
Dudu Mkhize ... Elizabeth Mekana
Sean Taylor ... Pimp
Megan Kruskal ... Marina
Norman Coombes ... Anthropology Professor
Charles Comyn ... Sheriff
Robin Singh ... Howard
Morrison Gampu ... Old Man
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Two African tribesmen walking through a forest are attacked and killed by a masked man wielding a spiked club. 2000 years later in South Africa, someone is murdering prostitutes with a spiked club, then painting pictures of a spiked fist with their blood. Medical examiner Joe Hendersen becomes obsessed with researching the murders, but the investigation suddenly faces opposition from his higher-ups. Just who is behind these killings, and what is their motive? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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14 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

I felt the need to add my say in City of Blood after reading nothing but bad reviews here on IMDb. And everywhere else.

There's a political message, and it is pretty much drama for a good part of the middle hour, and as a slasher fan I was worried about finally watching this. However, with a strong "2000 years ago" opening and some modern day killings with a unique slasher disguise & weaponry choices, I was satisfied with what it offered me in the sub-genre. Perhaps this is because I have seen most (and I do mean MOST) of the slasher films from the 70s and 80s, and after seeing some of the absolute worst those decades had to offer (oddly enough, not as bad as the new millennium stuff) I've been ready for City of Blood for a long time. The story is strong and if you care about more than just deaths in these types of films, you could be pleasantly surprised.

Think of this as a political cop-thriller with slasher elements rather than a slasher with a theme. I welcome it to the family, but just make sure not to expect something you're not ready for. A party film... this is not.


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