SLASHER MONTH: Intensive Care (1991)

I can only imagine that George Kennedy’s agent called him, excitedly, and told him. “I got you one of those slasher movies!”

And Kennedy replied, “Those were big from 1978 to 1982, what else is there?”

His agent replied, “But this one is going to shoot in the Netherlands! It’s a great script.”

Kennedy signed, clenched his massive fist and wanted to yell, “Don’t you know I was in the Battle of the Bulge and was in a whole bunch of important movies like Cool Hand Luke and The Dirty Dozen?” But all he could get out was a joke: “This better not be like that movie four years ago that had a monster instead a cat puppet.”

George Kennedy is in this movie for all of ten minutes, playing a surgeon named Dr. Bruckner who has some shady research going on before he wrecks his car and spends seven years in a coma before he wakes up and goes all Haddonfield Memorial on a bunch of kids, including teen idol Koen Wauters. But that isn’t Kennedy any more, as the character is all wrapped up in bandages, and the man who was Joe Patroni was off to be in Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story.

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