DAY 18. RESURRECTIONISTS: Watch something that came out on one of the many reissue labels that we love like Arrow, Criterion, Bleeding Skull, Scream Factory, Indicator, Vinegar Syndrome, AGFA etc.
Vinegar Syndrome has been assaulting my budget this year, what with box sets of the Amityville direct-to-video films, forgotten Spanish giallo, Mexican horror reissues and, of course, Spookies.
They’ve rescued hundreds of movies from their namesake, the chemical reaction that deteriorates motion picture film over time. Chances are, if it was a movie that played a drive-in, grindhouse or was in the horror section of your mom and pop video store in the 1980’s — or the back room, where you had to sneak in — then they have it.
Imagine, if you will, that someone made Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, but made it about actors on a deserted island and started with one of them being boiled alive. Yes, that’s the movie we’re speaking of right now, 1982’s many titles Island of Blood AKA Whodunit? AKA Scared Alive).
Oh yeah — every murder in this is based on a punk song! That said, the lyrics to the song are mostly “stab me, boil me, burn me, face to face.” Therefore, it really isn’t a large stretch for the murderer to use the ways to kill in the song to, you know, kill.
The very same song features the lyrics, “Lonely as a child- you were wet, you were wild. You were… selfish. Crying out late at night with your covers pulled up tight- you were… helpless. Fear me! Fear me!”
All manner of murders follow, as simple as an exploding boat and as complex as a shower that sprays out battery acid. That takes some planning.
I wouldn’t say this is the finest slasher you’ve never seen. Nor would I claim that it’s even really all the good. But hey — if you’ve made it through everything and you’re hunting down slashers that no one else has watched — I’m speaking to myself — then this will do.
Writer/director William T. Naud also made Hot Rod Hullabaloo, Thunder In Dixie, Black Jack and Ricky 1, a movie where a male gigolo becomes a boxer.