Killing Spree (1987)

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A man suspects his wife of adultery and goes on a killing spree, eliminating all he believes are sleeping with her, but his victims don't stay dead. --IMDb
Review by Chad
Added: January 11, 2005
Tom Russo (Asbestos Felt) is quite protective of his wife Leeza (Courtney Lercara). He forces her to stay at home while he works (even though she wants to work as well), and he also thinks that every man who comes into contact with his wife is trying to screw her. During the first night of movie time, Tom's best friend Ben Seltzer (Raymond Carbone) comes over to eat dinner with the happy couple, and starts to discuss his relationship with a barely-legal lady named Angel (Rachel Rutz). This pisses Tom off to no end, as he doesn't quite approve of a sixty year old man screwing a girl young enough to be his granddaughter. He kicks Ben out, but on the day following these events, his paranoia becomes justified when he finds Leeza's diary laying on the living room coffee table, pops it open, and reads about how she had sex with Ben while he was out working. Infuriated, Tom slaughters both Ben and Angel; Ben for bonking his wife, and Angel just because she was there. However, Tom still loves his wife, so he hides the murders from her and pretends that nothing out of the ordinary is going on. As the days go by, he continues to read through her diary, seeing how she screwed the Mexican delivery man (Bruce Paquette), the Judo-expert TV repairman (Joel D. Wynkoop), the cocky electrician (Alan Brown), and even the neighborhood slacker of a grass-cutter (Kieran Turner). Each man receives his turn at the end of a weapon of destruction, and the wife is never the wiser.

There's more to the storyline that reveals itself later on in the movie, but I didn't want to spoil it here (unlike every other description of this movie). Suffice it to say, things go from being violent to downright bizarre in a matter of seconds when one single twist is introduced into the scheme of things. This twist would have came as a huge shock to myself, had I not read the description on the back of the DVD case before popping this into my player. Such is life, I suppose.

Back to the movie at hand. This was a low budget offering, so if you can't enjoy a movie that didn't get heaps of cash thrown into it, you might as well stop reading now. The lack of funding certainly didn't hurt the quality of the movie itself, however. The storyline moves along nicely, and never slows down or falls victim to any of the typical indie director mistakes. While it's true that the majority of the cast that's found here didn't seem to be highly skilled at the trade (with the exception of Asbestos Felt, who was beyond great), they never quite sink to the level that would begin to affect the quality of the scenes that they're appearing in. It's not that the cast involved was downright horrid while the cameras were rolling, but it was pretty apparent that most (if not all) had little or no acting experience. To their credit, however, everyone here put a good deal of effort into their roles, which definitely made the situation a lot better than it could have been.

On the gore side of things, that lack of budget again rears its ugly head. Those of you reading this who wouldn't tolerate a movie where it's obvious that those decapitated heads are mannequin heads with wigs and makeup would be well advised to avoid this one. However, that's not to say that there was no effort placed in those numerous kill scenes; quite the contrary. There's some very inventive killing mechanisms set up to dispose of those men that mess with Tom's wife, and each one was very entertaining for myself. As an example of the originality to be found here, Tom takes apart his ceiling fan, attaches machete blades to it, reassembles it, and calls one of the victims to come to his house. Due to the fan rotating so fast, the poor sap is oblivious to the fact that there are, in fact, machetes attached to that there fan, but he quickly finds out about them when Tom lifts him up and pushes his head into the fan. Great stuff there, and it only gets better as the body count rises.

If you're a fan of low budget horror flicks, you'd be well advised to pick this one up. You can find it for a quarter on eBay (thanks to massive over-production by Eden Entertainment), so even if you wind up completely disagreeing with this review after watching the movie, you're only out a measly twenty-five cents. 8/10.
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