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DVD Review: Death Merchant (1988)

DVD Review: Death Merchant (1988)

Joe Spinell cannot die. Yet he has been dead for almost fourteen years. The sweaty, pock-marked Maniac is a beloved figure in retro slasher history, but he did several movies that were essentially variations of the same figure. We’ve been blessed with Spinell popping up every few years in another long lost lumbering, muttering role.

Amsterdamned (1988) Review

You have to hand it to Amsterdamned – it’s got one hell of a gimmick. By 1988, the slasher genre had given us killers who hid their faces behind hockey masks, gasmasks, clown masks, William Shatner masks, owl masks, pillow cases, chunks of stitched-together human skin… It was only a matter of time before one [...]

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 4: The Dream Master (1988) Review

With A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: The Dream Warriors making an astonishing $44m at the box office, there was little doubt that a third sequel would soon follow

Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988) Review

The only problem when a movie delivers a shock ending right out of left field is how exactly do you follow that on?

SOV Month: Woodchipper Massacre (1988)

I have to admit mild trepidation when I decided to make Shot on Video Month a reality. I mean, most SOV movies are POS, you know? And I’m watching a lot of films I haven’t seen before. I was taking a big chance and although I’m famous for being a big adventurer John Huston style, [...]

Maniac Cop (1988)

While Maniac Cop cannot be considered a straight slasher, it certainly borrows enough from the genre for it to share enough similarities with various slice ‘n’ dice classics. Directed by William Lustig, the man responsible for the disturbing 1980 chiller Maniac, and based on a script by B-movie filmmaker Larry Cohen