“I didn’t see this movie” – JoshC
To keep the Tim Ritter ball rollin’ for at least one more review anyway, were bringing ya’ll his next movie Killing Spree, and don’t worry, I don’t hold this one near n’ dear to me unlike Truth or Dare? So this reviews not gonna be chop full my ridicules opinions such as that Truth or Dare, a virtually unheard of film is one of the best slasher movies(if you’d call it that) Ever. But the more I think about it I realize that if my opinions contradict yours, you can feel free to attack me personally via the comment board, and if that doesn’t do it for ya you can go write your own reviews and leave ours the hell alone.
(**EDITORS side note: he doesn’t really mean that, as a matter of fact if it weren’t for you readers we would obviously fade into oblivion like so many stupid fucking hairdos after the impending EMO scene implosion I look foreword to ever so)
HOWEVER, were reviewing Killing Spree now, aren’t we? Shit, I shoulda been this stoned when I watched it. Regardless, I was very curious to see what Tim Ritter could come up with after unleashing Truth Or Dare, and I dident have to look very further than the trailer (for the DVD) to find out that this one is a hell of a lot less serious and much more a comical gore fest than its brilliant predecessor. Released a year or so after Truth or Dare, Tim takes a giant leap away from the serious tone of that movie, while dealing with the same subject matter of a husband, played by Asbestos Felt, the head explosion with a mouth full of grenade from Truth after Ritter promised him another role, driven crazy by his wife’s adultery, and would ya believe it… he go’s on… You guessed it, an olde fashioned Killing Spree, killing every boss, friend, TV repair guy, yard maintenance worker, old fuckin lady and whatever or whoever else he suspects of stickin’ it to his girl.
With a movie like this you would expect it to rely mainly on gore, which is what I was hoping for, seeing as how the DVD cover boasts an endorsement by Horror culture expert and artist Chas Balun boasting “A 9 on the Gore Score with several pleasing repellent splatter sequences”, but while there is a fair amount of beautiful 80s gore, my favorite involving an old ladies neck VS the claw portion of a hammer (the results are litterly jaw dropping) I feel the movie simply couldn’t hold its own on carnage alone, instead, I find its actually the comedy (“YOU ASS!!”, great line hashahahah) and surprisingly the fucking PLOT to this thing that keep you going. There’s enough happening here, coupled with not one but 2 “twist” endings worthy of the lousy M. Night Shyamalan to please everybody. Everybody interested in obscure Shot-On-Video slasher fare from the beloved 1980s that is.
I wont ruin the ending for anybody, but by all means I highly recommend it to anybody who knows what they’te getting themselves into if not just for a good laugh. You gotta remember, these guys practicaly made something out of nothing here, as with all Indie Horror movies, which is commendable. What I like about movies like this one, is that its clear they know what they’re doing, and not only that, they respect it. These are horror movies made by horror fans, not some lame old Hollywood contract director doing a glossy Halloween rip off cause it’s the flavor of the decade(although alotta those were pretty sweet). Well, im ranting again so its time to cap things off.
I will throw out there however, the Awesome DVDs Camp Motion Pictures have been putting out on there Retro 80s Horror Collection, such as this one and a plethora of others, one of which I’ll review later, well 2 actually, Video Violence, and Video Violence 2:The Exploitation! Be patient, were a force in progress. Also, stay tuned for a reader request for Sleepaway Camp and one for the TROMA movie Mothers Day, a slasher filmed across the lake from and at the same time as Friday the 13th, which im actually Dying to see.
I give Killing Spree a fair 3 out of 5, cause they put fourth an honest effort and made a pretty wicked little flick, excellent for drinkin’ with the guys, Hey, that’s a good idea, later.