Killing Spree (1987)
Director: Tim Ritter
Where to get it: Alternative Cinema
Meet Tom Russo. Creepy-looking and eccentric, there’s something not quite right about him. Dangerous even. When Tom suddenly convinces himself that his wife Leeza is sleeping around, it pushes him over the edge into full-blown, delusional madness. All-too-real images of Leeza having sex with other men ‘play’ in Tom’s diseased and tortured mind as he hunts down and sadistically murders each one suspected of nailing her. Knives, chainsaws and lawnmowers leave a trail of severed heads and splattered entrails in his grisly wake, and no one is safe from this psycho’s killing spree.
I sometimes get in the mood for a wild and wacky live action car wreck. And I do mean that in a good way. This brings me to 1987’s Killing Spree. I’m a fan of Tim Ritter. I dig his old school “DIY” style of film making. It just seems like that sorta stuff worked out better in the 8os than it does today. I won’t go as far as to say that Killing Spree is a “good” movie. It’s really kind of a bad film, to be honest. But this film is the kind of bad that is still a lot of fun to watch. When a husband fears his wife may be doing him wrong, just like the lady he had before, he decides it is time to finally snap and just kill everyone he thinks is involved. This leads to some cheesy gore effects, 80s low budget fun, and a pretty neat twist at the end.
For all the obvious faults this film might have it does have one good thing going for it, Asbestos Felt. Asbestos brings to life the character of Tom Russo. Russo is an overworked man that is at his breaking point. It also doesn’t help that he is very paranoid when it comes to his wife. It makes for a good time regardless of what you think of the other elements of the film. And while some of the effects might not be that great, we do get some funny moments and some cool gore here and there. Killing Spree will never be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s still a cool watch if you dig this type of low budget stuff from the 80s.
* KILLING SPREE feature film
* COMMENTARY with director Tim Ritter
* COMMENTARY with Asbestos Felt, Joel Wynkoop and R.M. Hoopes
* BLINDED BY THE BLOOD Documentary
* KILLING SPREE Investor Reel 1986
* KILLING SPREE Video Test Shoot 1987