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(Review originally written at 24 June 2010)

Here we have Jack Palance, Martin Landau and big guy Erland van Lidth as a bunch of crazy guys but what does the movie ever use them for? Hardly anything too interesting. This movie is a waste of some fine potential and definitely a waste of some fine big name actors.

In a way you can say that this is a B-movie, done as an A-movie. The creators must have thought they were working on something unique, especially when they singed on big name actors like Jack Palance, Donald Pleasence, Martin Landau and Dwight Schultz. As a result they took the project very seriously, while this was more the type of the movie that would had been better and more fun to watch if it didn't took itself so seriously. The crazier, the better this movie would had been. It would had been OK if this movie went a bit more often over-the-top with its characters and events.

If you have to put a label on this movie it would probably be a slasher. It's not being a very good one though, since the movie doesn't turn into one until the movie is well over its half already. We also know and see the killers, so this also already takes away a lot of the tension and mystery of the movie.

It was still fun to see Jack Palance, Martin Landau and also Donald Pleasence all act crazy in this movie but like I said earlier, the movie doesn't take this far enough. It's ironic that Dwight Schultz plays the serious and also real main character of the movie, though he is the one that will always be remembered for portraying 'Howling Mad' Murdock in "The A-Team". That was after he did this movie though but still quite ironic nevertheless to see him walking amongst- and trying to treat mentally disturbed patients.

The movie is lacking a true creativity and originality, as well as in some blood, gore and scares to find this a memorable or recommendable movie.

5/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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