MONSTERZERO NJ’S 20 SUMMER THEMED HORRORS!

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Are campers Constance (Deborah Benson) and Warren (Gregg Henry) being stalked by vicious mountain folk? Chances are good in Just Before Dawn!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 20 SUMMER THEMED HORRORS!

Memorial Day Weekend¬†ūüáļūüᳬ†is here and that means the start to the summer vacation season!‚ĶIt also means camping, barbecuing, swimming, cabins in the woods, summer camp and maniacs in hockey masks! Halloween isn’t the only time of the year when things go bump in the night, as these 20 fright flicks prove! (‚Ķand no, I didn’t forget the cabin set Evil Dead films, they take place in the¬†fall!)

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A summer marina job is the least of his worries as Ben might have a witch living next door in The Wretched!  Photo: IFC MIDNIGHT

 

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY FROM MONSTERZERO NJ!¬†ūüáļūüáł

-MonsterZero NJ

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TOMB OF NOSTALGIA: THE FINAL TERROR (1983)

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THE FINAL TERROR (1983)

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The Final Terror is a fairly entertaining 80s slasher that follows the formula closely and is probably more renown for the talent involved, who would go on to bigger and better things. The story finds a group of forest rangers (including future stars Rachel Ward and Daryl Hannah) going on a trip to a remote part of a dense wooded area to clear some streams of debris. They are warned by creepy bus driver Eggar (another future star, Joe Pantoliano) not to‚Ķand it turns out for a good reason. Someone‚Ķor something‚Ķis lurking in those woods and starts to claim the lives of the young forest rangers, one by one. Now it’s a fight for survival against an unseen foe who wants them all dead!

Film is written by three people (including Alien co-scribe Ron Shusett) and directed well by Andrew Davis who would achieve success directing high-profile action flicks like¬†Under Siege and The¬†Fugitive. There is a moderate pace, which was normal for films of this era and Davis achieves a nice atmosphere of foreboding and some decent suspense. He also gives the film a nice visual style,¬†multi-tasking by doing the¬†cinematography as well. There is also an atmospheric and very 80s electronic score by Susan Justin,¬†who did the score for Corman’s 1982¬†Forbidden World. There is some generous bloodshed, though¬†nothing overly gory,¬†nor is the body count all that high. This flick was filmed in 1981 before body count and outrageous kills became the status quo and took two years to find distribution. Like most of¬†the slashers of this era,¬†the story has a character with an unstable past being our prime suspect, with a disturbing reveal in the last act‚Ķthough one we’re not completely shocked by. It’s a nice combination of slasher and wilderness survival flick that may not be a true classic, but may be a bit better, with the added nostalgia, than initially given credit for.

The cast is a mix of future stars and familiar faces. The performances are all adequate, but none indicate that some of our rangers will hone their craft well in future projects. Aside from outright soon-to-be stars like Ward, Hannah and Joe Pantoliano, we also have familiar faces like Mark Metcalf (Animal House, TV’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer), T.J. Hooker’s Adrian Zmed, Lewis Smith (Buckaroo Banzai) and John Friedrich who worked prolifically on TV. Again, no one really stands out here, but some of them went on to successful careers after, including the director. It gives the film an added nostalgic element like the similar The Burning, which had it’s own future stars in it’s cast.

Overall, it’s not a great movie or an outright classic horror, but it is an entertaining 80s slasher and one that would yield quite a few talents that would garner future fame or notoriety in other films or TV. It has some nice atmosphere and some decent kills and combines a traditional slasher with a wilderness survival flick. It is very 80s and would probably make a nice double feature with Don Coscarelli’s Survival Quest¬†or the¬†before mentioned¬†The Burning.

-MonsterZero NJ

Rated 3 (out of 4) blades.

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