Monday, June 19, 2006

Scalps (1982)

From cult director Fred Olen Ray (BIOHAZARD, HOLLYWOOD CHAINSAW HOOKERS) comes this shockingly gruesome gore-fest in all its explicit glory. The plot follows a group of college students who have unwittingly unleashed an evil curse after digging in some ancient Indian burial ground.

In the Audio commentary, director Fred Olen Ray claims that the film was bought from him and recut. He seems ashamed of the recut and says that he finds it a mess. Ray's movies are more often intentionally silly and this one has a much more serious tone to it. For this reason, Scalps is my favorite Ray movie, which isn't saying much. Much of what I find enjoyable about Scalps are the things that Ray hates; the weird/cheap make-up effects, the primative synthisizer score, and the overall gloomy tone.

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