Friday, February 13

Satan's Blade (1984)


Directed by L. Scott Castillo Jr.
87 Minutes / Galaxy, Trend Video Concepts / Cropped from 1.85:1 to full screen

A group of young adults take an excursion to a snowy retreat and the sight of a grisly double murder from a botched robbery just the day before. Brushing off a whispered legend of a monstrous evil with a knife inhabiting a nearby lake; they proceed to enjoy their long weekend. After a day of partying, fishing, and drinking...a shadow in the twilight approaches their cabins.

A solid little slasher that's nothing we haven't seen before (or since), but welcome all the same. The acting and direction ride the line of so-so to average. The score composed of piano and electronic keyboard doodlings does get in the way. Though we get some colored Karo syrup thrown around and the majority of the female cast members showing off their nubile wears. The initial climatic twist had me mumbling for it not to be the final resolution, but the last tiny bit before the credits redeemed my doubts. Check it out.

Film: 6.5/10
VHS Picture: 7/10
VHS Sound: 7/10

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