Killing Spree (1987) (Limited Edition Director’s Cut) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

Killing Spree (1987) (Limited Edition Director’s Cut) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

Killing Spree (1987) (Limited Edition Director’s Cut) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

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Killing Spree (1987) (Limited Edition Director’s Cut) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Tim Ritter
STARRING: Asbestos Felt, Courtney Lercara, Raymond Carbone,
RATED: UR/REGION O/1:33/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM SRS 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. A movie that has been on Blu-ray for a while in a limited fashion from SRS Cinema but now seems to be having a release and instead of BDr, this one is pressed. I’m a fan of Tim Ritter. I dig his old school “DIY” style of film making. It just seems like that some of this stuff worked out better in the ’80s and ’90s 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, indie 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 this time period. It also packs some fun gimmicky characters and a nice atmosphere. This movie was apparently shot on film and was remastered for this release, but outside some nice colors, you probably won’t notice a whole lot of good things in the detail area. Colors seem to pop, but stuff looks a little too compressed and just blotchy. But it is loaded with extras and that always helps.

Extras

– Limited to 666 Copies
– Director’s Cut
– Original Cut
– Bloopers
– Three Commentary Tracks on Original Version
– 90 Minute “Blinded by Blood” Documentary
– HG Lewis and Tim Ritter Radio Show
– Music Tracks
– Three Alternate Scenes
– Joel D. Wynkoop Segment

Quality of Transfer: 43%

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