Ratings Key



★★★★
= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
★★★
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Majorettes, The (1987)

...aka: American Killer
...aka: One by One

Directed by:
S. William Hinzman

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD alumni made this one. Director/editor S. William Hinzman had played the original graveyard zombie that attacks Barbra and Johnny in NIGHT. Producer/co-star John A. Russo acted in and co-wrote the NOTLD script. Russell Streiner, who played Johnny in NOTLD, has a small role as a Baptist preacher. These three combine forces for a low-budget slasher flick that starts out horribly but "improves" a bit as it goes along. The plot about a hooded killer in camouflage stalking and killing high school majorettes is coupled with amusing supporting characters such as a greedy German live-in nurse, her voyeur janitor son, a cult of Satanist leather-clad bikers, a corrupt cop, a knocked-up teenage jezebel and more. The plot twists become more ridiculous (and entertaining) as it goes along, so on those terms it's worth a look. The acting and seemingly chopped out gore effects however leave a lot to be desired. Based on Russo's novel of the same name. Kevin Kindlin (REVENGE OF THE LIVING ZOMBIES) and Terrie Godfrey star.

★★

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