Killer's Moon


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Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 7 / 10

So bad it's good style trash

Every fan has their guilty pleasure, the one film they enjoy whilst just about everyone else hates and loathes it. KILLER'S MOON is such a film for me, an infamously shoddy bad-taste production in which just about everything is god-awful: sub-par editing, atrocious acting, dialogue written as if by a drug-addicted loon. Director Alan Birkinshaw (a very minor personality in British exploitation stakes) goes out of his way to deliver helping upon helping of over-the-top nastiness which amazingly managed to get through the BBFC with an 'X' certificate back in the days of its first release. A video release followed in the very early '80s, but otherwise this crummy wannabe slasher-epic has rarely seen the light of day and is mostly forgotten by fans of mainstream horror. KILLER'S MOON transcends its many limitations to become a schlocky masterpiece of so-bad-it's-good entertainment; a laugh riot throughout and for all the wrong reasons.

Birkinshaw seems to be going out of his way to make an offensive movie right from the start, when a bleeding, three-legged dog limps into view - apparently the fourth limb has been severed, by persons unknown! The setting is an effectively barren Lake District, which is one of the film's finest points: the isolated atmosphere of the British landscape really comes across and gives the movie an ideal setting, as in much the same way as a film like THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE for instance. Cold, gloomy, yet still attractively lush with greenery in places, the setting is ideal. Into this forbidding landscape comes a coach full of clich├ęd '70s schoolgirls, all into singing "Greensleeves" before their trip goes awry when the coach breaks down and they are forced to trek through the woods to the nearest place of salvation - a closed down hotel.

So far, so good, although you'll have already realised by now that this isn't the paciest of movies. The slow nature of the film may be off putting to those looking for faster, more serious scares, but let's face it, nobody here had a lot of budget to work with so things necessarily must be dragged out and laboured. And just as the film looks to become a bit boring, in come four of the most outrageous film characters to liven it up. Nevermind that they're all loonies from the local asylum - here the mentally ill are portrayed as evil, twisted psychopaths with no redeeming values, three ending up brutally killed as a result of their own crimes, the fourth finally resembling a pathetic child of a man. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is the big influence here, both in the characters' attire and their choice of names ("Mr Smith, Mr Muldoon... Mr Trubshaw" - I mean, please!), and also in the way in which they casually go about raping and murdering all in their path. The idea that they believe they're living out all their worst desires in a safe dream-world is a clever one, giving the movie the one spark of minor originality and interest which it otherwise lacks.

What follows is a catalogue of atrocities, all played out in a commendably straight-faced manner. Cats have their tails cruelly lopped off; shrewish housewives are pinned to their own doors with kitchen knives; all manner of young and attractive schoolgirls are stripped and violated by the scheming mad men (watch those nightdresses, which seem to fall off suspiciously easily). Even the comedic coach driver (as played by the inimitable "Chubby" Oates - I wonder what became of him?) gets an axe in the head. It goes without saying that the minor gore effects here are pathetically done and very unconvincing, with the body-on-the-door gag being the only real "special effect" of the bunch. Of course, what goes around comes around, and eventually the bad guys are offed by dog-mauling, fire, and scythes to the back, in that order. The fourth guy (get this) dresses up the charred corpse of one of his former friends in a female wig and shirt and cries in its lap, apparently looking for comfort from his "mother"! The acting is unbelievably bad, all amateurish and no familiar faces to be seen. The actresses playing the schoolgirls have all obviously been picked for their lack of inhibitions rather than anything else, whilst the guys playing the killers go way over the top with some of the most outrageous, hammiest acting you're ever likely to see in a British horror production of the '70s. Even the American (?) hero, Mike, is played by a really wooden bloke. So why does this film work for me? For a start, the dialogue, which is positively ringing with classic gems of priceless ineptitude, including the legendarily bad summing-up of the situation the characters find themselves in: "Blood on the moon, one mangled dog, one missing axe, and one lost girl who just found a body at the wrong end of the axe. How's that for the great English outdoors?". Then there are the over-acting guys, who turn the wannabe figures of terror into laughable buffoons, the abundance of poor effects work, unpredictable events and cheesy heroes. Birkinshaw, I salute you, for making one of the last great stands in British exploitation cinema history!

Reviewed by Scott LeBrun 7 / 10

I can dream about you.

Four escaped mental patients go on your standard issue rampage, in the English wilderness. These maniacs have been drugged out and have gone through therapy that has convinced them that they're all in a dream state. As a result, they don't bother with anything resembling a moral filter. Dressed all in white, they soon are tormenting a gaggle of schoolgirls / choir members whose bus had broken down on the road.

Yes, "Killer's Moon" is sleazy and nonsensical, but damn if it isn't also atmospheric and sinister as well. The crude filmmaking and obviously low budget merely add to the ambiance. True enough that the script, by director Alan Birkinshaw, has its share of jaw dropping moments, such as when one character is advised that she should be grateful that she was "merely" raped (!). Therefore, it's not likely to appeal to horror and thriller fans across the board.

The scenario allows the men playing our merry band of maniacs to ham it up and engage in philosophical discussion on dreams vs. reality. Nigel Gregory, as Mr. Smith, David Jackson, as Mr. Trubshaw, Paul Rattee, as Mr. Muldoon, and Peter Spraggon, as Mr. Jones, are all fun. Anthony Forrest and Tom Marshall play Pete and Mike, our young heroes who coincidentally happen to be in the area, camping. The girls are all quite appealing and sympathetic. Jean Reeve, as Mrs. Hargreaves, and Elizabeth Counsell, as Miss Lilac, are amusing as the girls' chaperones.

Loopy and depraved entertainment overall, best recommended to trash aficionados.

Seven out of 10.

Reviewed by acidburn-10 5 / 10

There is potential in there

It's always fun unearthing obscure slashers, especially British ones, there are quite a few gems out there, but amongst them is also a load of crap that deserves to be buried. "Killer's Moon" however falls somewhere in-between, it's not a terrible movie by any means, there are hints of greatness and potential in there, but it's just wedged between mediocrity.

The storyline has four escaped mental patients who under the influence of LSD roam the English country side and comes across a bus load of school girls stranded at a hotel in the middle of nowhere.

The first half of the movie is quite subdued and does well at keeping the mental patients mysterious, by not showing them, instead showing what they've done (especially to the dog), which was very disturbing and upsetting but it did keep the viewer intrigued and then when they do finally show their faces as they enter the hotel, it is quite terrifying and exciting. The acts of rape and violence are quite unsettling to watch, but sadly none of the school girls standout, as none of them are concentrated on long enough for me or any-one to care about, to be honest I couldn't even remember any of their names. Then of course there's characters that disappears for such long lengths of time, that by the time you do see them, well they are just forgotten about and of course what did happen to the games-keeper, he just seemed to vanish and also the hotel owner (who does turn up at the end) like an after thought, but when did that happen.

All in all "Killer's Moon" is not a bad movie, but not that great either and if you're into this sort of movie, well let's just say there are much better out there.

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