Final Exam (1981)
Film / Horror

Final Exam (1981)

Jimmy Huston’s Final Exam is an anaemic slasher, a joyless amble through the cliches of the genre adding nothing new to an already over-crowded field. Shot on the lowest of budgets in North Carolina, it’s reasonably well made with a far better score (by Gary Scott) than it deserves but lacks rudimentaries like a story, … Continue reading

Sleepstalker (1995)
Film / Horror

Sleepstalker (1995)

God preserve us from low-budget, low imagination serial killer films. Turi Meyer’s terrible Sleepstalker was the umpteenth A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) knock-off with a dash of Dust Devil (1992), Child’s Play (1988) and Shocker (1989) thrown in for good measure. Seventeen years after a murderous rampage that claimed the lives of the parents … Continue reading

The Burning (1981)
Film / Horror

The Burning (1981)

Sometimes, a film found its way onto the Director of Public Prosecution’s notorious hit list of proscribed titles and became a “video nasty” for the silliest of reasons. Tony Maylam’s summer camp slasher The Burning fell foul of the law over a paltry 16 seconds of footage accidentally left in the first UK video release, 16 … Continue reading

Antefatto (1971)
Film / Horror

Antefatto (1971)

Mario Bava’s influential proto-slasher has turned up under a bewildering array of alternative titles, everything from Ecologia del delitto to Reazione a catena, Carnage to Blood Bath, Last House on the Left Part II to New House on the Left and the more familiar Bay of Blood to the unforgettable Twitch of the Death Nerve. … Continue reading