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Very atmospheric and creepy with a killer finale.
The acting seems to have been slated but I thought it was passable.
If you're a fan of 70s and 80s horror like myself you will in all probability like this.
I'm glad I invested the time.
This one is often badly criticized due to the bad acting and lack of blood and gore. I know the bad acting of the girls can't be defended, but despite that I consider this a mostly enjoyable slasher with some nice creepy atmosphere. I liked the constant rainstorm and the claustrophobic feel and sense of dread is very effective. Of course this is mostly notorious for being a video nasty and how that ever came about will always remain mystery. The body count here is low and the killings not too gory but the tension builds nicely throughout and the twist ending is good. It's not among the best 80's slashers but "Unhinged" is still a must own for all 80's slasher fans.
In many ways, when compared to the modern horror movies like Saw and Hostel, Unhinged seems very tame stuff indeed and will probably disappoint the gore-hounds.
However, despite there not being wall to wall gore, there are some very intense scenes of violence especially towards the films disturbing conclusion. The general dingy nature of the transfer, together with the melodramatic acting puts one in mind of the dysfunctional Andy Milligan movies, or a John Water's movie played straight.
Overall, despite this being a rather talky movie, there are sufficient visceral thills and enjoyably dodgy acting to make it a worthwhile time killer.
I would recommend that fans of banned movies stay watching until the end credits have rolled, as you will get a nice mark of authenticity from the era and a clue as to where this DVD transfer was sourced.
A man-hating matriarch and her repressed daughter have endless tea parties and chat endlessly about their chequered past history of family feuds and, slowly the girls get bumped off one by one in the night.
There are hints of something nasty in the woodshed,and after an hour of some of the worst acting I've ever seen, we eventually get a payoff of a few gory murders, and a surprise reveal that the daughter is not what she seemed after all.
Tedious for about 70 minutes, with a slightly more interesting climax, this will only appeal to people wanting to tick off the checklist of viewed nasties, and they will wonder what all the fuss was about.
A very strange horror choice from the early 80's,unlike many from the time this is by no means a body count movie. The movie does have a very eerie atmosphere throughout that helps to hold your interest, the killings are a rarity, but surprisingly violent and fairly bloody, and for a low budget looks very decent. However there are a few downsides, the acting is awful, our three young women who we are supposed to care about are so flat they may as well have been acting laying down, although the character Marion is by far the best and actually comes over very well. The film becomes so bogged down with dialogue is does become a bit boring and you may find your mind start to wonder as some of the chats seem to go on & on & on & on making the 77mins runtime seem like 177mins. The climax of the film is a real hoot though and something of a surprise.
Shockingly this was put onto the video nasties list (even more surprisingly in was on it for 2 years), a film that for many will be too talky and dare I say it dull, but others may enjoy the creepy atmosphere, brutal killings and the "sensational" end, make up your own mind. 2.5/5
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Always wanted to see it. wasn't as good as the hype but at least i saw itPublished 10 months ago by Hughie Jones
A very enjoyable Horror/Thriller, quite tame though now to what's on the market these days, but well worth watching.Published 20 months ago by Mr M.
Yet again another crazy old-school slasher horror from the 80's, a group of three girls are on their way to a music festival and they get caught in a thunderstorm and the car ends... Read morePublished 21 months ago by SDX
I must be slightly unhinged to have sat and watched this poor excuse for a movie. Why this was ever a banned video nasty is beyond me? Read morePublished on 7 Sept. 2010 by NELMES316