Victims! (1985)

If you remember the film Night Ripper! that we covered a while back, then you understand what you are getting into with Victims! It’s another film from Jeff Hathcock, who also was behind Streets of Death and the Troma film, Fertilize the Blaspheming Bombshell.

Four young girls go on a camping trip in the woods and are stalked by a pair of crazed serial killers. That’s pretty much all you need to know. Perhaps a more interesting story would have been what really happened when Hancock ran afoul of an actual devil cult while making this.

One of the killers, Robert Axelrod, would go on to play Lord Zedd on TV’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. So there’s that.

This is one of those strange breeds of film that want to have a feminist message, yet spends most of its running time showing women either being raped, killed or menaced by raping and killing. So it’s kind of hard to get on its message when it doesn’t even know what its message is.

One thought on “Victims! (1985)

  1. Not to be confused with the Kate Nelligan and Howard Hesseman (Dr. Johnny Fever? A rapist?) with the 1982 TV drama-movie, Victims. Which I did at first glance of this review . . . “It got Blue Ray release?” I said. No, it didn’t. That Victims “TV Movie” is on You Tube for free, by the way, for you Dr. Johnny completists. Yep, just checked and it’s still there.

    As for this movie: it’s a cross between Charles Kaufman’s Mother’s Day and Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes, IMO. It was one of the many flicks that I rented under the ‘ol 5 Movies-5 Days-5 Bucks gamblin’ days of video stores where I planted in front of the TV every Saturday–and rode that FF button most times. Sigh. I miss those days. Reviews like this make me miss video stores.


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