SLASHER MONTH: The Majorettes (1987)

Written and produced by John A. Russo, which he adapted from his own novel, this is yet another weird trip to Western Pennsylvania by the man who brought us the scripts for Night of the Living Dead and Midnight. Trust me, I live here, and I could tell instantly that this film emanated from my home base (Coraopolis and the Fox Chapel Yacht Club, in this case).

It’s directed by Bill Hinzman, who was the first zombie that we see in Night of the Living Dead. He also made FleshEater, which is one of the absolute worst films I’ve ever seen, which really says something.

The astounding thing here is that this movie sets you up for a slasher where majorette squad members are getting offed one after the other, but then switches the plot numerous times to bring in police corruption, elder abuse, Satanic bikers and vigilante justice.

There’s also the most Pittsburgh moment perhaps ever committed to film, as a bar that might be a VFW or just a garage has people drinking Iron City while a girl dances naked with a snake. That bar has to be out in Blawnox or something.

The end of this movie is pretty much as dark as it gets, but then again, this is also a movie that has someone who is not the slasher kills its final girl off nearly thirty minutes before the credits. You have to respect that level of disrespect for the more disrespectful of all genres.

It also has the darkest ending and I think about it every time I drive past the school where it was made.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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