Wacko (1981) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

Wacko (1981) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

Wacko (1981) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

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Wacko (1981) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Greydon Clark
STARRING: George Kennedy, Joe Don Baker, Andrew Dice Clay
RATED: UR/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Vinegar Syndrome

Thirteen years ago, at the Halloween Pumpkin Prom, the infamous Lawnmower Killer went on a brutal rampage, murdering several high school students, including Mary Graves’ older sister, traumatizing her for life. Now, after the unexpected escape of a prisoner from the state mental hospital, who may or may not be the killer, it’s up to hard-nosed gumshoe Dick Harbinger to solve the case before the Lawnmower Killer seeks out a new slew of victims at the upcoming Pumpkin Prom, that is if anyone is able to survive the hilarious horror hijinks leading up to it!

In what feels like a horror version of The Naked Gun, Wacko takes us a very silly setting where years ago one girl was killed by a crazy killer where a Jackolantern for a head and using a lawnmower. Now we flash forward to years later and her sister has this killer after her. Now that might sound silly but trust me when I say it gets a whole heck of a lot more silly. This one came out around the golden age of the slasher craze in the 80s and goes well out of its way to spoof the already common traits that all of those movies had. The only real downside to this one is that idea that it might be too comedic and silly at times. It has too much slasher for comedy lovers and maybe too much comedy for slasher lovers. Or perhaps just not the right type of humor, as a lot of horror films of the 80s are full of funny stuff intentional or not. This one is just all over the place with over the top stuff. That could be appealing to some and a bit of a turnoff to others.

In the thick of things, we have the great George Kennedy playing a dad that is clearly too fond of his kids in a very creepy way. We also have a cop on the case that looks a whole heck of a lot like Meatloaf. Regardless of if you are a fan of this one overall or not, you still can’t deny that it has a good atmosphere about it. It fits the time well and its a time most are nostalgic for now. It also looks really good on Blu-ray here from Vinegar Syndrome. It comes from a newly found print and is here in a 4K scan that is sure to make people sing the praises of this release in that regard. You also get a brand new commentary from the director and an interview with the cinematographer. It won’t be for everyone, but Wacko is at least another one that slasher completists will want to own, even if it just poking a whole lot of fun at the sub-genre.

Extras

– Region A Blu-ray/DVD combo
– Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm original camera negative
– Brand new commentary track with director Greydon Clark
– “Die Laughing” – an interview with cinematographer Nicholas von Sternberg
– Never before seen outtakes
– 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 here at VinegarSyndrome.com!

Quality of Transfer: 98%

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