SLASHER MONTH: Cassandra (1987)

Don’t ask me why, but it seems like a lot of this year’s slasher month films are coming from the Land Down Under, where women glow and men plunder. Cassandra is from director Colin Eggleston, who also made Long Weekend and Fantasm Comes Again.

Our titular character keeps dreaming that her brother is a killer and her parents keep telling her that everything is normal, as it’s not as said brother has escaped the asylum and has started killing everything he can*.

Also — her dad is a photographer and her mother is a fashion model, so there’s that too. And to pile on the crazy, dad’s having an affair and Cassandra has a psychic link with that aforementioned killer who keeps leaving “Who killed cock robin?” in blood at his murder scenes.

This is a film that isn’t just content with stealing from Carpenter’s Halloween but also The Eyes of Laura Mars.

This movie starts with a truly audacious dream sequence and has some real stalk and slash moments of suspense, but the true villain would be keeping secrets. If you go in expecting a straight-up slash, you’ll be disappointed. But if you want something a bit more cerebral, this unheralded Australian entry is worth the download.

*Spoiler: They’re also Australian for VC Andrews.

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