The Demon

August 13, 2017 at 6:42 pm (4 Heads, Demon, The) (, , , )

The Demon – 1979 – South Africa

A psychotic killer with a mask (sometimes) and clawed gloves kills people by wrapping plastic bags around their heads. He stalks two beautiful young school teachers who like meditating and going out with guys. On the killer’s trail is a psychic detective. The detective doesn’t do anything and is arbitrarily killed early in the film—and not even by the killer. In the end, the killer chases one of the teachers around a house. The teacher gets naked for this part. She eventually defeats the killer with a Home Alone-style trap. She puts slippery soap on the floor, sprays her attacker with scalding water, and stabs him in the throat.

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Haunts

August 13, 2017 at 6:37 pm (5 Heads, Haunts) (, , , , )

Haunts – 1977 – United States

Haunts takes place in a small mountain town where there is nothing to do but gossip, go to church, and drive around drunk. A maniac in a ski mask starts raping women and stabbing them with scissors. Ingrid is a Swedish woman who lives on an isolated farm. She believes the maniac has a vendetta against her and suspects every man in town at one point or another. As the plot progresses, evidence suggests that Ingrid might be delusional. She has traumatic childhood memories of being sexually abused and witnessing the death of her mother. In the present day, many of the characters she interacts with might be figments of her imagination. As the maniac closes in on Ingrid, it becomes less and less clear if there is a maniac at all. By the film’s ending, fantasy and reality have been thoroughly blended and nothing makes much sense.

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Followed Home

July 2, 2017 at 8:27 pm (6 Heads, Followed Home) (, , )

Followed Home – 2010 – United States

Four twenty-something friends rent a cabin at rustic Bear Lake in California. They flirt, make jokes, and play drinking games. Their fun is interrupted when a woman with multiple stab wounds staggers onto their porch, bleeds everywhere, and dies. The vacationers rush her to a hospital, but it is too late. The killer is not caught. Disturbed by this turn of events, the group of friends cancel their vacation. Back home, they suffer from depression and anxiety after the horrific happening. Each struggles to cope in their own way. Meanwhile the killer has followed them back and begins knifing and strangling them one by one.

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Blood Cult

April 30, 2017 at 10:07 pm (4 Heads, Blood Cult) (, , , )

Blood Cult – 1985 – United States

Four sorority girls are eviscerated by a cleaver-wielding murderer. The investigating sheriff links the murders to a witchcraft cult, then discovers the killer cultist is his own daughter. Wearing a severed dog’s head as mask, she kills her boyfriend and then leaps off a building. Sorry if this plot summary is vague. The DVD I watched had no sound for the last 30 minutes so I had to make a few things up.

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When Heaven Comes Down

January 16, 2017 at 11:19 pm (3 Heads, When Heaven Comes Down) (, , )

When Heaven Comes Down – 2002 – United States

The Savior is a serial killer in a mask, a trench coat, and a crazy wig. He is looking for a morally pure woman to “carry his seed”, and kills anyone that does not meet his expectations. He kidnaps a woman named Sam, but she resists, which leads to the Savior’s capture and incarceration.

Three years later, Sam struggles to put the traumatic event behind her. She copes by leading a support group for abused women. She also has a nice boyfriend, but is scared to become physically intimate with him. Soon, a Savior copycat begins murdering women and Sam becomes his target.

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Devil Times Five

January 16, 2017 at 11:13 pm (5 Heads, Devil Times Five) (, , , )

Devil Times Five – 1974 – United States

Five psychotic kids escape a children’s psychiatric ward during a blizzard. They travel through the mountains on foot and reach a snowbound mansion. Pretending to be survivors of a car crash, they ingratiate themselves with the mansion’s adult occupants. The adults try to get help for the kids, but the phones are down and the roads are closed. As days pass, the adults suspect there might be more to these kids than meets the eye. Around this time, the kids begin murdering everyone with homemade weapons and traps.

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The Ridge

September 19, 2016 at 3:21 am (4 Heads, Ridge, The) (, , )

The Ridge – 2005 – United States

Five young people vacation at a luxury house in the mountains. Eventually an insane mountain man called the Ridge Runner arrives and chases them around with an axe.

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Drive-In Massacre

July 17, 2016 at 8:58 pm (3 Heads, Drive-In Massacre) (, , , )

Drive-In Massacre – 1977 – United States

A sword-wielding maniac beheads people at a drive-in theater. Two pudgy middle-aged police detectives investigate. The theater was built on the site of a carnival and is staffed by former carnies, but this fact is irrelevant to the plot. The detectives unsuccessfully question a series of mean, seedy, or pathetic suspects. The theater manager cruelly abuses his staff. A peeping tom cracks during interrogation and admits, “I just wanted to beat my meat!” An imbecilic janitor gets fired for helping the detectives. At the plot’s climax, the killer commits a daring murder in the theater’s projection booth. He is never caught and his identity is never revealed. Before the credits, a message warns viewers to be careful while attending drive-in theaters.

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Toe Tags

July 17, 2016 at 8:54 pm (4 Heads, Toe Tags) (, , , , )

Toe Tags – 2003 – United States

The residents of an apartment complex are being knifed to death one by one. Two hapless police detectives (a man and a woman) investigate but are thwarted as their suspects continually get murdered. Clues reveal that every victim was once in a romantic relationship with the female detective (who is beautiful, promiscuous, and mentally unstable). The twist ending to this mystery makes no sense but is surprising and amusing.

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The Summer of the Massacre

June 5, 2016 at 2:58 am (1 Head, Summer of the Massacre) (, , , )

The Summer of the Massacre – 2004 – England

“Based on real factual occurrences involving a malevolent monster called Hammer Head, whose form of life was cannibalism?” So says the grammatically confused prologue for The Summer of the Massacre. The prologue also describes four “very young teenagers” who are actually college students, one of whom is pregnant. The four drive through the countryside until their “shaggin’ wagon” breaks down. A psycho in a shirt and tie and a Halloween mask stalks them and kills them with a hammer (the small kind—not a sledgehammer). He ties someone to a tree with cellophane. He may or may not be a cannibal.

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