SLASHER MONTH: Mania Killer (1987)

This movie is so delightfully strange that I wondered, “Who would have made something this odd and tone deaf?” That someone would be Andrea Bianchi, the director of Cry of a ProstituteStrip Nude for Your Killer and Burial Ground, three movies that pretty much set the strandard for either sleaze, strangeness or a combination platter of both.

Made for French distributor Eurocine — just like Bianchi’s co-directing effort with Jess Franco Angel of Death — this movie piles on the weirdness and the sleaze in equal measures in story that may be about a devil cult that kidnaps prostitutes and tortures them to death to clean them of evil. It’s also about the pimps coming to the country to kill the cult and get their ladies back. And it’s also about a man coming to save his girlfriend.

Between Bo Svenson, Robery Ginty and Chuck Connors, the actors of this movie are all gruff and weathered. Ginty is the lead villain, a man who uses torture to take the sin out of these women by making them admit that they love Satan, which would seemingly be a good thing, right? Their aims are somewhat confusing.

I also have no idea why Connors is working in a lab across town and teaching Matthieu, a mentally challenged teen, how to speak with the aid of computers. These scenes show all the nuance you’d expect out of a Eurohorror/slasher film made in 1987.

What I do know is that this movie is on Tubi and that means that at any moment, someone unsuspecting could put this on and be confronted by its utter inanity. That alone makes me love this movie, along with a healthy helping of Satanic rituals, outdated computers and a shootout conclusion that wipes out nearly the entire cast.

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