I saw this film with a friend when it first came out. We sat there, and even after just a few minutes my friend commented 'do we really want to sit through this'? The film had opened with some very violent an gruesome scenes. However, after watching a bit more it became apparent that the violence wasn't just 'gratuitous' but necessary to the plot.
So, as the plot unfolds we find a small town sheriff (James Farentino) investigating a sudden spate of murders of drifters, or of people passing through and all happening in a similar, bizarre, fashion to each other. The killings are photographed and filmed making them seem rather more ritualistic than just random. If any hapless victim survived the onslaught, another attempt would be made to kill them. And it would succeed. Then, the body would be taken to the town Morgue.
Without giving too much of the plot away, we also have 'helping' with the investigation, the local town mortician who by any accounts is a more than a little bit dotty. Then there are the towns folk who suddenly and mysteriously appear from nowhere, all bearing more than a striking resemblance to the various deceased but with no knowledge of anything except the idyllic town's day to day events, acting as if they had lived in the town all their lives... which in a way they have. When you persevere with this film, all becomes gruesomely clear.
The sheer savagery of events make this an intense experience and as I sat there watching it again after all these years, memories flooded back about 'do I really want to sit through this...'! It's an intriguing story with a taste of the paranormal - a sort of 'X-Files meets Frankenstein' if you like, but one that's definitely NOT for the faint hearted.