Thursday, April 23, 2009

Naked Massacre (1976)

The title sums it up well, but a more suitable title would have been "A Bunch of Supposed Nudity and Violence Off Camera Massacre." A Vietnam vet goes balls out crazy and enters a communal home for nurses, ties them up, then randomly selects which ones to molest and kill in an orderly fashion. The plot obviously reflects the Speck killings, which are even referenced by one of the characters. The film never transcends typical, bland Exploitation with scattered blood and nudity. It attempts a character study with the villainous lead, but he never manages to gain the audience's support. The only shining moments are the realistic setting in the opening depicting the civil disorder in Ireland over religious warfare, and the denouement on which I cannot comment. This film can easily be missed.

Rating: 4/10.

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7 comments:

  1. Ha! I fucking love this film! Mainly because it is the only "Italian made vietnam vet going on a killing spree in Northern Ireland" film out there that I'm aware of. What about some great scenes like where he makes the old naked hooker dance? or some of the best lines in a film ever, such as the conversations with the Vietcong guy? a masterpeice, I say:-)

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  2. Ill give you those scenes, and the blood splatter at the end, but it just didnt do it for me unfortunately. Just didnt find anything overly interesting about it outside of the opening sequence, since (being the typical uninformed American) I had no idea that Ireland had been the setting of an ongoing religious warfare. I could have watched a feature length film on that scenario, when the hell did that happen?

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  3. Well, it's not religious, it's political. It's been going on for a century at this stage. Check out the film 'The Wind that Shakes The Barley', that will give you some historical context. Its a grim little film, but shows how futile it really is.

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  4. Is it still rooted in the Protestant vs Catholic struggle? I only went to religion because my mom caught the first five minutes before she realized it was a horror movie and mentioned that it was religious in nature lol..

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  5. It's pretty complicated, to be honest. It goes back to around the time of WW1 and Ireland breaking away from control of the UK. The country got split, and then an ongoing battle in the late 50's/60's about rejoining the country developed, the religious aspect is more about looking for division and inhouse fighting than the actual reason for it.
    It's still a bitter topic to many, even in this day and age of alleged 'peace', and there are many areas of NI alot of Dublin folk would never go near. And that's about as serious a post as you are ever likely to read from me:-)

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  6. I started to watch this because it has one of the actresses from Bava's 5 Dolls For An August Moon, but I decided to watch something else and never got back around to it. Did you watch this as part of the Chilling Classics set? Because I noticed you reviewed Bell From Hell also, which I actually liked a lot for some reason.

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  7. I got 50 Horror Classics and 50 Chilling Classics for B1G1F on DeepDiscount lol.. I actually managed 45 of the first set and Im on disc 3 of Chilling Classics, so I will inevitably make it through all of the films and have ratings up here. Unfortunately I started the blog at the conclusion of the Horror Classics set, but many of them will be popping up in my Garbage Day segment.

    I didnt like the film nearly as much as Johnny did, and Bell from Hell I found to be pretty tedious up until he got the three chicks strung upside down ready for some sweet ass butchery that never takes place. Im expecting much more drab and forgotten VHS horror out of the set, but hell I paid $.16 per movie and even if half of them rate a 4 or lower thats still more entertainment for the money than I will EVER get out of any of my other DVDs!

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