on 9 January 2013
Interesting 3 disc set of shot on VHS slashers from Oklahoma based director/producer Christopher Lewis.
Blood Cult is a 1985 sorority house slaughter epic that was sometime billed as the first shot on video slasher film. It was not. That honour instead goes to the better Sledgehammer. Blood Cult is very cheap looking, with plentiful but mostly inept gore and stars Juli Andelman (Silent Scream, Mean Streets). As a slasher die hard I found it watchable, but would shy away from saying it was any good. Put it this way it's still better than Terror at Tenkiller mainly because it's more enthusiastic.
Sequel to Blood Cult, made on a slightly higher budget but without the the gore and alas also with less enthusiasm. Really it's no great shakes. I did find the onset promo, with it's hyperbole about the production being a major motion picture event highly amusing.
A college professor finds an antique ring and damsels soon turn up slaughtered Jack the Ripper style.
The Ripper is easily the best film in the pack. The gore is actually surprisingly nasty and the actors manage to achieve a level of thespian skill at least the equal of that found in many low budget late night cable TV cop shows. Tom Savini plays Jack and though the picture quality is poorer than the other two films, the camera movement and editing are much more professional.
All the discs have extras with biogs and trailers, plus interviews with Christopher Lewis. But realistically, The Ripper Blood Pack is only going to appeal to hardcore 80s slasher fans who feel the need to own everything from the era. The packaging is pretty nice and it's fairly cheap.
I've given it 3 stars because it appealed to me as a purchase and added to my ever expanding slasher collection.