Savage Weekend (1976)
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This movie was actually better as it went on. Don't judge it by first 15 minutes or your apt to turn it off. Starts off with a divorced Dad getting his son for the weekend, while Mom goes upstate with her latest lover and friends for an enjoyable weekend. Couples really enjoying them self swapping and lovemaking until they start getting axed/killed one by one. So who is doing the killing, ex-husband, Otis (Played by William Sanderson who always plays this part like gold on a ring.), the pissed off boyfriend?????? I'm not going to tell. Also in this film is Christopher Allport who plays gay Nicky and is a riot, like the scene in the bar. The film is loaded with cheesy fight scenes, my favorite part is where killer leaves girl on top of a table saw, she is in naughty nighties, stuck but still alive, because no electricity to saw, until a good buddy of her's flips the switch looking for her, neat. My copy came from Mill Creek?s Collection of 50 Drive-In Movies, which is a excellent by. Anyway the movie itself is worth 3 1/2 stars.
Released before John Carpenter's Halloween but after Bob Clark's seminal classic Black Christmas, Savage Weekend is one of the earliest slasher films that predates the genre frenzy ignited by Carpenter's film. A blend of comedy and horror, Savage Weekend is a fun--if not great--early example of the genre that already features many of the genre's tropes, particularly the horny young couples who are methodically picked off by the killer. Funny and twisted, Savage Weekend will delight those fans of classic slasher cinema who crave other films to see.
Trading teens for adults, we still find ourselves in a remote cabin, then a killer begins to pick them off one by one. There's a few interesting bits, including a woman left in a trap in the basement who will be killed when someone enters, a bit that;s left alone long enough for the viewer to almost forget the tension of the situation until we're suddenly reminded.
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