HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese
Heiress, The
Cold Pursuit
Firestorm
Dogs of War, The
Holy Mountain, The
Piercing
Under Fire
Jennifer on My Mind
People on Sunday
Lethal Weapon 4
Downhill Racer
Emily
Odette
Escape Room
Across the Pacific
Madeline's Madeline
You're Gonna Miss Me
Iron Sky: The Coming Race
Derby
Mortal Engines
Union City
Knife+Heart
Little Stranger, The
Sauvage
Watermelon Man
Wandering Earth, The
Good Fairy, The
Killer Party
Holmes & Watson
Monster in the Closet
Sand, The
Glass
My Brilliant Career
Knife for the Ladies, A
Man in the Attic
Destroyer
Fillmore
Bumblebee
No Kidding
   
 
Newest Articles
Outer Space and Outta Sight: Gonks Go Beat on Blu-ray
Tucked: The Derren Nesbitt Interview
Locomotion Pictures: The Best of British Transport Films on Blu-ray
Roman Scandals: Extreme Visions from Ancient Rome
Spider-Wrong and Spider-Right: The Dragon's Challenge and Into the Spider-Verse
Monster Dog: Cujo on Blu-ray
For Christ's Sake: Jesus Christ Superstar and The Last Temptation of Christ
Not In Front of the Children: Inappropriate Kids Movies
Deeper into Ozploitation: Next of Kin and Fair Game
Between the Wars: Babylon Berlin Series 1&2 on DVD
Hard Luck Story: Detour on Blu-ray
Oh, What Happened to You? The Likely Lads on Blu-ray
Killer Apps: The Rise of the Evil 60s Supercomputers
How 1970s Can You Get? Cliff Richard in Take Me High vs Never Too Young to Rock
A Perfect Engine, An Eating Machine: The Jaws Series
   
 
  The Redeemer: Son of Satan! Slash ReunionBuy this film here.
Year: 1978
Director: Constantine S. Gochis
Stars: Damien Knight, Jeannetta Arnette, Nick Carter, Nikki Barthen, Michael Hollingsworth, Gyr Patterson, T.G. Finkbinder, Christopher Flint, Richard Timmins, Jessica Bein, Eric Kjoenes, Rosa Arift, Larry Mooney, Daniel Elliott, Carla Ness
Genre: Horror, Weirdo
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: A lake out in the middle of nowhere hides a small boy who emerges from the waters fist-first and wades to the shore. He then walks along the nearby road until the school bus picks him up, and is taken to the local church where he joins the choir, though must negotiate the resident, knife-wielding bully when he doesn't laugh at his jokes. Meanwhile, a man at the local school is poring over a former yearbook of at least a decade before and cutting out seven photographs for his own motives. He has already murdered the janitor after he was allowed onto the premises, and creates a mask of the dead victim's face, for this killer is a master of disguise, and he has a mighty grudge...

Or that's what appears to be happening, anyway, in this early slasher which was completed in 1976, but when certain movies began to grow in popularity during that era of the late seventies, it found a distributor who wanted to cash in. In truth, you could tell it wasn't quite up to speed with what the genre was turning into by 1978, as it had one foot in the Ten Little Indians style of mysteries where one victim after another was bumped off in inventive manners, and the other in the Satanic camp of the earlier years of the decade which were popular once Rosemary's Baby was a blockbuster hit. In effect, The Redeemer was neither one thing nor the other, but it was strange.

Watching this was akin to seeing a work crafted by someone who knew what they were trying to convey, yet were having difficulty in the lucidity department. The director never made another movie, and indeed the cast were all one and done for the most part, a few bit parts here and there, aside from Jeannetta Arnette who forged a respectable career in the industry, most visibly as a regular on popular sitcom Head of the Class in the eighties. Other than her, the people you saw would be strangers to you, which also lent it that off-kilter atmosphere when the former pupils in the cut-outs showed up at the old school, having been sent invites to a Class Reunion of their year.

Always a worrying sign in a horror flick, but they are oblivious, though when they arrive and are locked out, it might have been a good sign to make their excuses and leave. We have already been introduced to them in short vignettes where they ran the gamut from sleazy womaniser to coldhearted lesbian, even a gay film star in there, but what they could have possibly done to deserve whatever the Redeemer has planned for them remains something of a mystery even as the credits roll. In his guise as a preacher, he delivers a sermon (where the young lake boy is singing in the choir) that rails against immorality, so we have to assume he is seeking to punish the ex-pupils for their lax behaviour, but despite that they don't come across as especially awful, indeed a few are sympathetic.

Nevertheless, they are being judged whether they like it or not (and who likes to be judged?) so we get to watch them run around the empty school and be offed in a variety of methods by the mad preacher. Does the film endorse its villain? The indications were that we were meant to fear him and his grotesque collection of masks, though some have seen the film as an ultra-conservative chiller of the sort we were often told slasher movies consisted of, every man jack of them back in the original heyday of the style. To be honest, this was so fuzzy in its intentions that you would be tempted to wish anyone trying to work out what the message was, if anything, a hearty good luck and leave them to it, but The Redeemer operated neatly as a weirdo experience as well which may reward the more adventurous dabbler in these murky seventies depths of low budget shockers. When the plot rested on a third thumb being passed between characters' hands, you could tell this was unconventional business. Music by Phil Gallo and Clem Vicari Jr.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 374 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
  Rachel Franke
Andrew Pragasam
Enoch Sneed
  Derrick Smith
Paul Shrimpton
Darren Jones
George White
   

 

Last Updated: