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A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!

A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!
Recommended for devolved primates only!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

RITUALS (1977)

 Hal Holbrook stars in this Canadian-exploitation classic that takes the basic premise of DELIVERANCE and mixes in a killer-in-the-woods factor that gives this a proto-slasher movie feel. You get a head on a stick, bear traps to the feet and a guy burned alive among the violent spectacles. Since this was made before the big slasher movie boom of the 1980's this film actually takes the time to develop the characters and make us care about them which, of course, is something they forgot to do in movies after the 70's ended. If you dig later slashers like MADMAN or JUST BEFORE DAWN I imagine you would have a good time checking this out. I was fortunate enough to catch a public showing of this in the back of a bar/video-store recently and it was a good time. Released on VHS as THE CREEPER.

This silly song is not in the actual movie:

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