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Killer's Moon [1978] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Anthony Forrest, Tom Marshall
  • Directors: Alan Birkinshaw
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Redemption Films
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun. 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013OXT6Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,784 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Killer's Moon is Britain's answer to I Spit On Your Grave only sleazier. Produced in the late seventies it mixes lurid scenes of rape with dollops of ultra-violence and Clockwork Orange Droog style menace. Its story follows four drugged-up mad men who have escaped from the local asylum and seek refuge in a remote hotel in the Lake District where a class of stranded school-girls are staying. Unavailable since the halcyon days of the early 1980s and featuring a script amazingly co-written by award winning author Fay Weldon, this is a true 'video nasty' - with style.

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It's uniquely bizarre in style... makes you proud to be British. --beardy-freak

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By Foggy Tewsday VINE VOICE on 13 July 2008
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Take a bus load of nubile schoolgirls who get stranded in the Lake District, four violent prisoners who are being treated with a new drug that has them believing that they are living in a dream and a couple of decent chaps who fill the knights-in-shining-armour role and you have the basis for something of a cult British horror movie. I first saw this film in the early 1980s, in the good old days of pre-certificated videos. As far as I know, `Killer's Moon' was never reissued in the UK after the introduction of the Video Recordings Act until this DVD's release in 2008. It's one of those films that you felt could have succumbed to the vagaries of the censors' sensibilities, especially because of its depictions of sexual violence. The good news is that the film is uncut. The comparisons with I Spit on Your Grave [1977] (REGION 1) (NTSC) and A Clockwork Orange (2 Disc Special Edition) [1971], though, are way off the mark.

Having been advised by their doctors that the new drugs they have been given will enable them, through dream therapy, to act out their most violent and debauched fantasies, our four psychopaths have escaped the confines of their hospital and are now traipsing through the countryside. These four men, complete with their white hospital gowns, are unfailingly polite to each other as they delight in acts of murder and rape, constantly reassuring themselves that they are only dreaming. These characters, played superbly by David Jacskon, Nigel Gregory, Paul Rattee and Peter Spraggon get the best dialogue, at times surreal, at others sinking to maudlin comedy.
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I can't believe somebody has actually released this erm... let's say unique movie made in 1978 onto DVD. This is one of those movies where I cannot decide if it was deliberately meant to be a comedy or whether it was just purely unintentional. As Killer's Moon is usually classed as a horror movie I suspect that the laughs (and there are plenty of them) aren't deliberate but they certainly add to the enjoyment of watching this bizarre spectacle.

The film actually has certain similarities with Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange - the four escaped madmen, who have been given experimental treatment, are dressed all in white (one of them even puts on a black bowler hat) and they are inclined towards committing acts of rape and violence just like Alex and his droogs.

Unfortunately the acting, the script and just about everything else aren't a patch on Kubrick's film. In fact some of the acting is so bad it just has to be seen to be believed (the wonderfully-named Chubby Oates, who plays the bus driver, appears to have wandered into this movie from a Carry On film). Some of the actors are even upstaged by a three-legged dog! You will also hear some of the worst lines of dialogue of any film ever. Even the potentially shocking rape scenes are clumsily done and unconvincing and I reckon that Benny Hill would have been proud of the chase sequences.

There's not much logic to the story either. In one scene someone is burned to death, reducing them to a skeleton, yet the clothes they are wearing remain perfectly intact! I had to ask myself various questions whilst viewing this film - Why did the school hire a forty-seater bus when there's only about 10 people on it?
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Four sickopaths escape from a rural hospital, only to go on a rampage across the Lake District, dangerously fuelled by a cocktail of experimental LSD and insanity! Deciding they're in a theraputic collective nightmare, they believe that in order to cure themselves and initiate some form of mental salvation, they need to live out their inner most violent and debauched excesses so as to purge their minds for when they wake up, however the reality is, they aren't dreaming! Meaning that for the locals, two hero campers and a coach load of schoolgirls who've just broken down, its about to become one long winter night...
This film is an all time Brit horror classic. Yes the effects are cheap and its shot on a small budget but so what, none of that matters as what the viewer is subjected to is some of the craziest moments in Brit film history..
The dog? The dialogue? It's meanstreak! Three blind mice!?! The cheeky ladder descent thumbs up! The lightbulb crushing ~ Wow! The rape and murders!
Granted its somewhat distasteful, cheap and silly but genuinely i put this up there with Britains finest horrors of the 70s (and for me there was/is no greater decade for British Horror!). Anyone who recognizes or enjoys any of the following list of brilliant 70s films really should watch this:
Prey, House of Whipchord, Vampyres, Blood On Satan's Claw, Symptoms, Satans Slave, Psychomania, The Legend Of Hell House, Frightmare, The Fiend, The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, The Wicker Man, The Shout etc. . . I could go on but wont. . . Needless to say Killer's Moon is up there with the aforementioned and acts as a one way ticket time capsule to 70s Brit horror lunacy. My only regret being that Tony Beckley and Mike Raven didn't have roles as two of the madmen in this!!
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