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Scalps (1983)





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Members of an archaeological expedition make the fatal mistake of trespassing on an ancient Indian burial ground.more
Rating: R (adult situations)
Genre: Western, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
On DVD: Apr 12, 2005
Imperial Entertainment Corp


Kirk Alyn
as Professor Machen
Carroll Borland
as Dr. Sharon Reynolds
Richard Hench
as Randy / Black Claw
George Randall
as Billy Iron Wing
Forrest J Ackerman
as Prof. Treatwood
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Scalps is a terrible movie without a doubt, anyone can see that. However, it's worth watching due to the fact that it's just SO bad on every level. The lack of knowledge when it comes to Native Americans alone is hilarious, but then again you have countless problems going on at the same time. The effects, gore and costuming is on the level of a student film. Everything about this movie looks fake except for the piece of shit land they were able to film the movie at; I suspect that it was a baron wasteland used for missile testing back in the 60s. The actors are all uncharismatic, give terrible performances and come across as people that were picked off the street. My favorite person is the red-faced old man with a blue bandanna on his head who was supposed to be the wise character; just comic gold. Then there's the plot that just comes across as utterly lazy and stupid all in one. The excuses for getting six college kids to go camping in the middle of nowhere has never made less sense. Hunting for cursed Native American artifacts for their immoral professor? Anyway, the reason this movie was made was most likely for the scalping idea and that's definitely a redeeming quality. However, it's so terribly executed that this movie only works as a car wreck that is mildly amusing to watch. I feel bad picking on it because it obviously never aspires to be anything but a piece of shit that you throw in for a double feature, but I won't lie and say that it's good. The one thing I actually think does work is the score because at times it drowns out the sound of the terrible dialogue.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Earlier FRED OLEN RAY . . .

The Indian Medicine Man hunts a girl down . . .filling her back with arrows like Buffalo . . . then he SCALPS HER.

Forrest J. Ackerman of Famous Monsters of Filmland makes an appearance plugging his Mr. Monster's Movie Gold book.

It sucks but its awesome. cool music.

Actually Fred Olen Ray went to jail for assault over SCALPS . . . the man at the film-processing plant wouldn't give Fred the negative and Fred punched him.

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr
Gordon Terry

This "shockingly gruesome gore-fest" and "80's classic splatter movie" is nothing like it is advertised, in fact, it is downright terrible. The story is about a group of college students who go on sacred Indian land and wind up getting slaughtered by Indian ghosts. First off, it's not Indians, they are natives. Indians are from India. Also, according to director Fred Olen Ray this film was severely re-edited without his consent by the distributor at the time of its release. Scenes were added out of context which threw off continuity and gave away major spoilers such the fates of most of the characters, as well as the shots of chanting Indian ghost's head, which was haphazardly overlayed over such scenes as the old man cutting his own throat. Also all but one of the scenes showing the ghost with the lion's head were shot as test footage and were never intended to be included in the released film. Honestly, who knows and who cares, because either way you take it, it sucks.

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