Luther the Geek (1990) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

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Luther the Geek (1990) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Carlton Albright
Starring: Edward Terry, Joan Roth, Jerome Clarke, Stacy Haiduk
Rated: R/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Vinegar Syndrome

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One night, when Luther was a boy, he discovered that there was something different about him – he enjoyed the taste of blood. Following in the footsteps of others like him, Luther became a geek: a deranged man who bites the heads off of live chickens in exchange for booze or money. Now, decades later, Luther is about to be paroled from prison and is ready to return to his home town, fitted with a set of razor sharp, metal teeth, and an unquenchable thirst for human blood… Directed by Carlton Albright (THE CHILDREN), LUTHER THE GEEK is a bloody and bleak rural slasher featuring gruesome gore courtesy of William Purcell (EXORCIST 3) and Mike Tristano (EVIL DEAD 2).

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Luther the Geek tells the story of a kid who stumbles upon the town freak called “The Geek” and sees him being taunted by the people of the town, only for the geek to bite the head of a chicken. Luther tastes the blood and then we fast forward a few years ahead after Luther is getting out of jail for killing someone. That turns out to be a bad idea, as it doesn’t take long for Luther to get into trouble inside a store and then kill again. From there we follow along as he then finds his way to a farm-house out in the middle of what looks like nowhere and causes all sorts of havoc with the people living there. I think the build for this film is extremely well-done, not only do we wait to see if anyone will be left out of this situation Luther puts them in, but we also see a bit of blood in between as Luther finds more people to kill, bites the heads off of chickens, and even does some other weird things that I could probably only call dark humor, because no matter how awful the deed he is doing, we still laugh at the way he does it more times than not. You may notice how odd and weird the character of Luther the Geek is, but you’ll also notice that when the blood comes into play in the movie, it is done extremely well and it really stands out in a good way. Sure, it was once released by Troma and it has a lot about it that makes you understand why it was once under the Troma banner, but it is also a really strange and interesting film well worthy of you checking out.

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While most people just go into movies like this for the chaos of the whole thing and there is plenty of it, I can’t help but think actor Edward Terry deserves a lot of credit as Luther (credited as The Freak on IMDB). This guy gives a brilliant performance that goes from terrifying to comedic, back and forth, from nearly the start of the film to the end. You’ll always be entertained by this guy, regardless if he is biting someone’s neck with his nasty looking grill or if he’s dancing around almost child-like bawking like a chicken. While this is the first time I had seen this movie from start to finish, I had seen spots here and there of the old Troma DVD. Based off that, this movie looks outstanding here in HD. Sure, it has some grain in the darker scenes, but there is also a lot of detail and great color to be seen there as well. I can promise you that this is the best this movie will ever look and it kinda really makes you look at a movie a lot differently seeing it look so good here. Maybe it makes us take it more seriously? Whatever it is, Luther the Geek is a breed of slasher that isn’t typical, but criminally underrated and a solid watch that packs plenty of blood and even some nudity as well. If you are on the fence on taking a chance with this one or not, I highly suggest you do. I think you’ll be extremely pleased and amused if you do.

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Extras

– New 2K scan from the 35mm negative!
– Audio Commentary with Director Carlton Albright
– Video Interview with actor Jerome Clarke
– Outtakes / Deleted Shots
– Reversible Cover Art
– Theatrical Trailer

Quality of Transfer: 98%

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