Blood Hook (1986) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Jim Mallon
Starring: Don Winters, Mark Jacobs, Lisa Todd
Rated: UR/Region O/1:66/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Vinegar Syndrome
17 years ago, Peter’s grandfather went missing under mysterious circumstances. Now, Peter and his friends have returned to the placid Wisconsin town to check out his inherited lake house and to partake in the annual ‘Muskie Madness’ fishing competition. Soon after his arrival, Peter begins to sense that something isn’t quite right, but none of his friends, nor the local sheriff, will believe him. But as townsfolk and tourists begin to disappear, Peter becomes determined to solve the mystery, as well as that of his grandfather’s disappearance, and soon finds himself facing off against a fish hook-wielding madman!
Blood Hook comes to us by way of Vinegar Syndrome and it is the recent in a line of Troma films the label has picked up to release on Blu-ray. And I got to admit that when it came to slasher movies I thought I had seen it all. We’ve seen chainsaws, knives, gloves with knives for fingers, and even a nail gun! But here in Blood Hook, we’re seeing our slashing getting done by way of a fishing hook! And an extremely large one at that. Yes, this is a silly flick, but it’s fun none the less. Plus, it tends to toss a lot of the red stuff around from time to time and you can’t go wrong with that. It all starts when a young boy sees his grandpa killed on a fishing dock one day. We flash forward to years later and that boy is now taking over the property and as luck would have it, as soon as he arrives people start getting taken out by a hook again. The police aren’t buying it, the area is all worried about a fishing contest, and everyone looks shady and like they could be the killer. It isn’t conventional, but I dug it for it being as weird and awkward as it is.
I’ll take all the obscure and weird Troma movies that Vinegar Syndrome wants to toss at me. I love seeing this oddball films make their way to Blu-ray and since it is a Troma movie at heart I’m sure you can kind of guess what kind of stuff we are dealing with here. If there was really anything at all about the movie that kind of bugged me it would be the ending or lack thereof. So if you see this and feel a little let-down by how it all wraps up, just know you aren’t the only one. Outside of that, it is good ol’ goofy fun and a deep cut slasher of sorts that is worth seeing if you dig slashers. The movie looks pretty good in HD as well with some grainy moments, but what can you expect from something like this from the 80’s? The people behind this did go on to do Mystery Science Theater, so that’s another interesting thing about it.
This special limited edition embossed slipcover (designed by Chris Garofalo) is limited to just 1,000 units and is only available here VinegarSyndrome.com!
– Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo
– Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 16mm original camera negative
– “Hook, Line and Sinker” – an interview with director Jim Mallon
– “First Blood Hook” – an interview with actress Lisa Todd
– “What’s in the Tacklebox?” – an interview with fx artist Jim Suthers
– Audio interview with cinematographer / editor Marsha Kahm
– Still gallery
– Original theatrical trailer
– Limited edition slipcover designed by Chris Garofalo
– Reversible cover
– English SDH subtitles
Quality of Transfer: 87%