SLASHER MONTH: Necromancer (1988)

I thought I knew what a necromancer looked like. I kind of thought it would look like Orson Welles in robes for some reason, but now I know that it looks like an 80’s girl in a unitard and a red headband and I feel much safer with that knowledge. Said necromancer is practicing her magic in a garage, slicing up women with axes and making the bikes of nerds go bye bye.

Her skills will come in handy when our heroine, Julie (Elizabeth Kaitan, who slasher fans will tell you was in Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 and Friday the 13th Part VII, but some people will blush and whisper, “She was also Candy in Vice Academy 3 through 6.”) is assaulted by a trio of horrible folks in a movie theater while the security guard is sailing a solo voyage down the seas of mayonaisse in the rest room. She refuses to go to the cops, but when she and her friend Freda see an ad that catches their eye: “Sometimes revenge is the only justice. I, and not others of this world can help. Contact the power. Call (213) Revenge.”*

Lisa the Necromancer only charges $20 for her services, which will come in handy when our heroine has to go to a party at the home of one of the men who assaulted her, Paul. Why she’d go to this, much less put up with the sexual harassment of her professor Charles DeLonge (Russ Tamblyn!) is beyond me. Let’s blame 1988 direct to video movies and the fact that they were made to get young boys to rent them more than being concerned with changing the language and actions that we use to interface with one another. Actually, this one does more than most to advance the conversation — while still featuring plenty of nude male ass and female breasts.

From a scene with a band playing music, as all great 80’s movies must have, to blood coming out of faucets, castrations and spray painted pentagrams, nearly every frame of this movie seems calculated to please me.

What put this in front of my eyes instead of another film was that it’s basically a demonic I Spit On Your Grave and the fact that it was directed by Dusty Nelson, who made Effects, and written by William T. Naud, who directed Island of Blood/Whodunit. Much like that movie, you can also get this from Vinegar Syndrome.

You can watch this on Amazon Prime and Tubi.

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