Blu Release – 3/5
Director – Rick Sloane (Hobgoblin, The Visitants)
Starring – Mary Woronov (Night of the Comet, Warlock), Jenny Cunningham (Record City, Christiana), and Jonathan Blakely
Release Date – 1984
Rating – 2.5/5
Tagline – “Who will survive opening night”
Slashers from the 80s will always have a spot in my home. I absolutely love slashers and any from the 80s are like crack to me. I can’t get enough. Even if the movie sucks I still find myself enjoying certain aspects of it. I get even more enjoyment when I come across an 80s slasher that I had never seen before. Sometime ago Vinegar Syndrome released a Rick Sloane double feature that included his first feature film. The 1984 Movie House Massacre would later get retitled as Blood Theatre which is not as cool as Movie House Massacre if you ask me. Either way, I was excited to check this one out. Thank you Vin Syn for sending this one my way.
**Spoiler Alert**The film follows the employees of the Spotlite Theater who recently acquired another location that was closed due to a killing spree but they were not told about that by the owner. They attempt to clean and reopen the theater but they unaware that the killer from before still stalks the theater. **Spoiler Alert**
I have a weird love for slashers. I have fun even with the bad ones. With that being said, Blood Theatre was all over the place. I love goofy and cheesy horror films so I can usually look through generic characters and plots to find value but Blood Theatre is a slasher that doesn’t know what it wants.
The acting in this one is solid but definitely has room for improvement. The characters are extremely clichéd and flat but the cast still tried their best. Some of the performances fall short but a majority are still enjoyable to watch.
The story for this one is a little confusing and struggles to find what kind of film it wants to be. In a few scenes we get items flying off the shelves or being thrown around the room that felt like it was setting up for a strong supernatural setting but that falls out the window in the last portion of the film when we get the standard slasher fair. The film almost feels like two different movies flowing together inside a theater before meshing together at the end. Honestly, I enjoyed the first portion of the film a lot more than the slasher portion. The slasher portion was just thrown together with no thought applied to it whatsoever.
Finally, the film has several deaths but they use camera tricks and camera cuts with minimal effects. The viewer doesn’t really get to enjoy the typical slasher deaths that they come to love. Overall, Blood Theatre is a slasher that misses it’s mark. The first 45 minutes was actually very entertaining but that goes down hill once the murders start. It does get bonuses points for being set at a theater but not enough to redeem it.
Director – Rick Sloane (Hobgoblin, Blood Theatre)
Starring – Marcus Vaughter (Nightmare Sisters, Sorority House Massacre), Jordana Capra (Hired to Kill, After Midnight), and Joel Hile (Deadly Friend, Surf Nazis Must Die)
Release Date – 1986
Rating – 3/5
Tagline – “There goes the neighborhood”
I absolutely love the 80s. It was such an awesome fucking decade. The music, the movies, the fashion, and everything else is just so fucking enjoyable to me. I love when I toss in a movie from this decade and getting lost in the scenes. Just staring at the backdrops of each scene to see everything from that time period. These movies are such a nostalgic rush. Sometime ago Vinegar Syndrome released a Rick Sloane double feature with Blood Theare and the sci-fi comedy The Visitants. I was extremely excited to check out Blood Theatre but The Visitants was the real gem in this set. Once again, thank you Vin Syn for sending this one over.
**Spoiler Alert**The story for this one follows a high school student who discovers that his neighbors are aliens who was sent to Earth 30 years ago to gather information on the planet before their forces invade the planet. He finds them using a ray gun and tells his science teacher who then asks him to get his hands on it. The student steals the ray gun and the aliens have to retrieve it at all costs.**Spoiler Alert**
The Visitants is a bit of a black sheep on this release. The film’s poster is the reverse side of the blu artwork but the discs make no mention of the film. Hell, I didn’t realize it was in the set until I carefully read the special features. With that being said, this movie was the highlight of this release. I love movies centered around Halloween and those campy sci-fi comedies from the 80s are always fun.
The acting in this one is not perfect. The characters are not traditional characters. Instead, we are given characters that are goofy and unpredictable but the cast does a decent enough job. The scenes are fun and that’s all you can really ask for.
The story for this one blends 80s coming of age comedies with 50s and 60s sci-fi. It is a bit of a simple story but I liked it. The movie has a fun speed to it and a lot of camp. I know many don’t care for the film but I had a great time.
Finally, you will not be happy if you go into this looking for blood and gore. We get some cheap sci-fi props and some DIY effects here and there but these are not the focus of the film. Overall, The Visitants is just stupid fun. If you are looking for an obscure 80s movie for your next late night watch then look no further. Check this one out.