Former sitcom star Louise Lasser ('Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman')
headlines this gloriously goofy addition to the slasher genre. Filmed
in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1983, but not released until 1987, it
tells of Maddy's (Lasser) twin boys Terry and Todd, at large at a
drive-in theatre while she's on a date. Terry takes an axe to a theatre
goers' face, and Todd gets the blame; he's soon sent to a mental
institution. 10 years later, when the boys are college age, Todd
escapes from his confinement just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. When
people in an apartment complex meet absolutely hideous demises, Todd
naturally gets the blame all over again. Yet nobody ever seems TOO
concerned about the prospect of a maniac on the loose.
The phrase "that's not cranberry sauce" will burn its way into your brain as you watch this ultra trashy outing. The director (John Grissmer) and screenwriter (Bruce Rubin) let you know almost right away that you're not meant to take this seriously. It's strictly a tongue in cheek affair. The script, dialogue, and performances are all appropriately ridiculous, ensuring many guffaws from the audience. The gore devised by Ed French (who also plays the small role of Bill) is so damn good that one may wonder why his name isn't brought up more often when makeup effects experts are discussed. (Among the highlights: a character hacked into two pieces.) The synthesizer score by Richard Einhorn (who also did the music for "Eyes of a Stranger" and "The Prowler") is quite fun to listen to, and may stay in your head for a while.
Lasser is a hoot as the nutty mom. Sexy Julie Gordon is pleasing to watch as the bedeviled Karen. Producer Marianne Kanter is hilariously inane as a Dr. Loomis type psychiatrist on Todds' trail, in the company of a pistol packing moron. But this is ultimately Mark Sopers' show. He plays both Terry and Todd, and is obviously having great fun whenever he's in character as Terry. Keep your eyes peeled for Ted Raimi, who has a brief bit near the beginning as a condom salesman.
This is definitely worth a look for slasher enthusiasts, with a respectable body count, lovely bursts of violence, and a delicious sense of humor.
Eight out of 10.
Action / Horror
Action / Horror
Twins Todd and Terry seem like sweet boys that is, until one of them takes an axe to face of a fellow patron at the local drive-in. Todd is blamed for the bloody crime and institutionalized, whilst twin brother Terry goes free. Ten years later and, as the family gathers around the table for a Thanksgiving meal, the news comes in that Todd has escaped. But has the real killer in fact been in their midst all along? One thing's for sure, there will be blood and rage!
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