Back of Box: MAKES
"TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE" LOOK LIKE KID STUFF...
"Do you have the guts to find out who's behind the ghoulish mask?" "SAVAGE
WEEKEND," the darker and primitive side to human nature. "The shocker of the 80's!"
VARIETY - Mel Tobias
Plot: This film makes
quite a conundrum out of this section. A character study, a slasher, a soap opera, a soft core porn...it's everywhere.
However, I must give the script a little kudos for the inclusion of a gay guy (Hmm, I wonder why). He wins
a bar fight and the relationship with his best "girlfriend" was very true to life (I could definitely see my best friend
getting drunk with me, doing my make-up, and including a little striptease action). Otherwise, there's
Acting: I give Christopher
Allport pretty much all the credit for this section. I love how flamboyant he his, so fun. William Sanderson
gets a sliver of credit for his entertaining, but bad, portrayal of Otis. The rest couldn't pass as mannequins in
a shoe store.
Gore: Body Count (6,
a bat, and a rat) If you were hoping for guts and gore, sorry to disappoint you. A strangling/hanging,
a giant pin shoved into ear (Really), someone thrown out the window/impaled. All set up pretty badly and none
deliver on the goods. There is one that gets a special mention. It's not gory or anything, in fact it would've
been sweet if it is was. Anyway, it involves a buzz saw and a chick strapped to it. Again, sweeter with gore (Or
blood at least), but made very interesting by its ironic pay off.
Suspense: There's a scene
where Otis brands a chick (The only good effect in the whole film). I'll admit it looks painful, but it's not
that hard to watch considering the rest of the film. I like the buzz saw scene set-up, but all the scary was lost
with the "acting."
Directing: Let's see.
Scenery use was pretty nice. I liked the P.O.V. used when the killer got his costume together. Other than that?
Tech: This section is a
wreck. Insanely annoying soundtrack. The lighting was over-exposed. Choppy editing to no end. Oh,
and the boom operator should be shot.
Other: One positive
about this film is that you could turn boom spotting into a drinking game. I want to add that I liked the cover
art (Though it has nothing to do with the film). Also, no matter how fake that mask looks, I liked it.
Final Word: There are no words in the English
language that can describe how I feel about this film. I'm going to make one up. "Halo." That's it (Okay,
just a different definition). I Hate/Love this film. It's a complete
and utter piece of trash with little to love, I must warn you never to view this...ever. On the other hand, this is
the bad movie epic. It just draws me in and I need to see over and over again because...it still feels like
it's not real.