Party Line (1988) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: William Webb
STARRING: Richard Hatch, Richard Roundtree, Shawn Weatherly, Leif Garrett
RATED: UR/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Vinegar Syndrome
Brother and sister Seth and Angelina live a secluded life in their family’s beautiful Beverly Hills mansion. But these upper-class siblings share a dark and violent hobby of using sexually driven ‘party lines’ to meet and lure lustful strangers into a deadly ménage à trois, the climax of which is a razor slash to the throat! With the victim count steadily rising, Detective Dan is under the gun to crack the case, but when his girlfriend falls prey to the maniacal duo, Dan goes rogue, taking his own violent measures to dispense justice.
Since they have pretty much-made horror movies about every holiday or event there is out there it would only make sense that a movie about an old school party line was made too. This comes in the form of a half slasher, half whatever you’d call some late night HBO movies in the form of (you guessed it) Party Line. Where Leif Garret is playing a mama’s boy still feeling the sadness over the death of his mother while getting all sorts of perv for his hot sister. Together they lure people in from the party lines and kill them with their dead abusive father’s switchblade. It’s a simple formula really, as you get just as many boobs as you do blood here and I’m a-okay with that. We get a lot of blood in spots, but I’ll also admit we probably could have used some effects here and there to really drive home the horror and slasher style of the movie. Sure, you could point out that in this setting we also have characters doing dumb stuff here but you will be entertained regardless of what is going on most the time.
I really didn’t expect what we get here from Leif Garret, who I think actually put some effort into this one. It’s like he was trying to become a cult horror film actor and did this in hopes of a franchise and actually put some effort into it. His sister here played by Greta Blackburn is very easy on the eyes and shows the goods off from time to time. You might remember her from Time Walkers and 48 Hrs. She’s got a cult thing going and fits in well here, even if I feel they could have done a little more with her near the end. Party Line ends up being perhaps more of a T and A movie than a horror movie in the thick of things, but it’s here looking good and has a cool slipcover from Vinegar Syndrome. If you like some boobs with your blood in the not so traditional horror sort of way, I think you might like this one. I had fun with it even if I could have used a little more horror in spots.
– Region A Blu-ray/DVD combo
– Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm original camera negative
– “Party Line Fever” – interview with screenwriter Richard Brandes
– Original theatrical trailer
– Reversible cover artwork
– English SDH subtitles
This special limited edition embossed slipcover (designed by Earl Kessler Jr.) is limited to 2,000 units and is only available at VinegarSyndrome.com!
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 93%