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Killer's Moon [Blu-ray]

Anthony Forrest , Tom Marshall , Alan Birkinshaw    Unrated   Blu-ray

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Four mental patients, the products of illegal medical experiments, escape from an institution in Britain's rural Lake District. Armed with a stolen axe, they kill a game warden and mutilate a dog before encountering a broken-down bus. The vehicle's stranded female passengers search for a place to spend the night, unaware that the psychopaths are right behind them. Anthony Forrest and Tom Marshall star in this notorious 1970s cult classic slasher!

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Men In White July 13 2008
By Foggy Tewsday - Published on Amazon.com
Take a bus load of nubile schoolgirls who get stranded in the Lake District, four violent prisoners who are being treated with a new drug that has them believing that they are living in a dream and a couple of decent chaps who fill the knights-in-shining-armour role and you have the basis for something of a cult British horror movie. I first saw this film in the early 1980s, in the good old days of pre-certificated videos. As far as I know, `Killer's Moon' was never reissued in the UK after the introduction of the Video Recordings Act until this DVD's release in 2008. It's one of those films that you felt could have succumbed to the vagaries of the censors' sensibilities, especially because of its depictions of sexual violence. The good news is that the film is uncut. The comparisons with I Spit On Your Grave (Millennium Edition) and A Clockwork Orange (Two-Disc Special Edition), though, are way off the mark.

Having been advised by their doctors that the new drugs they have been given will enable them, through dream therapy, to act out their most violent and debauched fantasies, our four psychopaths have escaped the confines of their hospital and are now traipsing through the countryside. These four men, complete with their white hospital gowns, are unfailingly polite to each other as they delight in acts of murder and rape, constantly reassuring themselves that they are only dreaming. These characters, played superbly by David Jacskon, Nigel Gregory, Paul Rattee and Peter Spraggon get the best dialogue, at times surreal, at others sinking to maudlin comedy. "Why can't I dream steak and chips? Why does it have to be bread and cheese?" asks one as they eat a meal fit for a pauper prepared by some of the terrified girls.

Given shelter in an out-of-season hotel after their bus has broken down, the girls settle in for the night, donning their fetching white nightgowns. "We all debated whether to wear underwear or not [under their nightgowns] and decided against it," explains Joanne Good (who plays Mary, one of the girls) on the accompanying audio commentary.

It's true that there's plenty wrong with this film. A small tent occupied by the heroic Pete and Mike (Anthony Forrest and Tom Marshall) takes on Tardis proportions once inside. There's plenty of room, for example, for some cavorting with local good time girl, Julie (Jane Hayden). These tent interior scenes were obviously filmed in a studio, a point explained in the audio commentary by director, Alan Birkinshaw. Additionally, many of the nighttime scenes were shot in broad daylight.

There's not much in the way of gore and the rape scenes are not graphic. However, if this film was being made in today's moral climate, it's difficult to imagine that any nastiness perpetrated on a group of schoolgirls (even if, as in this film, they are being played by actresses in their twenties) would be countenanced for the purposes of vulgar entertainment; not in a British film, anyway. Some of the dialogue would also be questioned. At one point, one of the girls unsympathetically suggests to her friend that she was "only raped" and that she should just "pretend it never happened."

That said, if you're willing to forgive it a lot, this is an enjoyable slice of British exploitation fare from 1978. Undeniably kitsch when viewed from today's perspective, it still boasts some solid performances, particularly from the psychopathic quartet who gleefully indulge themselves with the grand gestures and flowery dialogue dictated by their roles.

The DVD has an audio commentary, as well as separate interviews, with writer/director Alan Birkinshaw and actress Joanne Good. Birkinshaw talks about the role his sister, Fay Weldon, had in writing some of the girls' dialogue in the film. All fascinating stuff for this film that, for all its flaws, is still an entertaining piece of schlock horror.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer's Moon June 4 2012
By Carlos E. Velasquez - Published on Amazon.com
It is very exciting that all those European cult horror films are arriving in mass quantities to the US in their Blu-ray formats. One of the main distribution companies is Redemption, who has been responsible for bringing the works of such cult directors as Jean Rollin, Dario Argento, Mario Bava, Jess Franco, and others. As part of their prestigious catalogue, comes the riveting and electrifying "Killer's Moon," directed by Alan Birkinshaw.

Right at the beginning of the film, we are told that a criminal has escaped from the hospital, while being in treatment, and that he took three other insane individuals with him. They are apparently living in a dream, and which "people are the devil and in need of obliteration." Enter a bus full of school girls who are taking a ride at the countryside. Sadly, their bus suffers a malfunction, and they have to find shelter for the night. Luckily, they find a hotel, which happens to be empty due to the season. Enter, too, two fellows that are taking a break from the city and go camping around the same area, as well a local man who serves as a watchdog for the community. Of course, the escaped maniacs also decide to wonder around the vicinity, and very soon you'll have the first dead body, prompting somebody to say, "A lone, lost girl found a body, at the wrong end of the ax. How is that for the great English outdoors?"

"Killer's Moon" is dark and penetrating. Mixing cute girls with rampart murderers almost always pays off, and this is no exception. The storyline is a bit similar to "A Clockwork Orange" (1971), in which it deals with loonies dressed in white committing horrible acts against their fellow humans. However, its dialogue is more intense and clever, I think, and the story is not as sophisticated, if you will. It is what it is: Boys gone wild killing girls, with some nudity in-between. The Blu-ray edition includes interviews with actress Joanne Good and director Birkinshaw, audio commentary by Birkinshaw and Good, and more. (UK, 1978, color, 92 min plus additional material)

Reviewed on June 3, 2012 by Eric Gonzales for Redemption Films / Kino Lorber.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Feb. 15 2013
By Peter C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This DVD advertised was exactly identical to the original Film that I loved so much. I won't review the story but if you have seen the original movie this DVD was exactly the same and I thoroughly loved it. Quality was the same I think, not enhanced. Thank God there was no censorship in this DVD compared to what I remember. Thoroughly exciting watching an Old Favourite over again. There were extras with the DVD but happily it remains unaltered to what you expect. I would love it if a Modern Version of this movie was made? Please? Thanks to the Distributors for issuing this DVD!!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You Have Got To Be Kidding Me Sept. 14 2013
By Richard S. Salamack - Published on Amazon.com
I've read reviews of this "film",most memorably at britishhorrorfilms.com,but watching it is a whole other ball of wax.enter at your own risk indeed.I guess you could call it bizarre,mostly it just meanders from one scene to the next with nothing much happening and when it does you'll just be scratching your head asking "why?".the term "camp" doesn't quite do it justice.


I spent the last fifteen minutes repeatedly wondering "Where did the shotgun go?".When it reappears I sat there gobsmacked by the sheer stupidity.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ditch the muu-muus Sept. 29 2013
By BobJ - Published on Amazon.com
The girls wear the baggy white gowns on the cover the whole show, although I may have missed something fast-forwarding. The intro promised nubile women, so ditch the muu-muus. And the ridiculous bowler hat on the perp. Note to Director: T&A is the only reason anyone is going to watch a movie like this. Tame and lame.

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