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 (Synapse Films) 1986/2007. Synapse  Films. Exploitation/Slasher/Horror. 68 Minutes (Alt. Version 74 Minutes). Not Rated. Nudity/Graphic Sex/Gore. Color. John Lucker is a deeply disturbed serial killer. After getting locked up for a few years for murdering eight people and defiling their corpses, he manages to escape. He flees to the city to put an end to his morbid fascination with the girl who survived his first rampage.
   This review encompasses the "Director's Cut," but I thought it was very gracious of Synapse to also include the original VHS version on this DVD as well. The plot for this film doesn't exactly tread new ground, but the elusive history of this film adds a certain mystique that is hard to deny. I'd also like to mention the addition of heavy amounts of necrophilia extremely effectively, definitely unlike any other film I've ever seen. With that being said, the quality of the film itself was pretty poor. I can't say that's a complaint because it really added to the gritty grindhouse feel of this film. The directing was a little bland, but it seemed to click whenever things got violent. The lighting was good for being mostly natural and I thought the soundtrack was badass. However, the editing was choppy and the sound was horrible. For the most part, I could say this film was hit and miss. Do I think the "Director's Cut" is worth sixty eight minutes of your time? No, the "Director's Cut" barely makes sense and sixty eight minutes seems a lot longer when you have no idea what's going on. If you're going to watch this film at all, watch the aforementioned seventy four minute VHS version. It has an English language track with Dutch subtitles, but at least it makes a little more sense. It's too bad this film ran into obscurity because the original version was a pretty decent flick. At least Synapse was cool enough to put this DVD together. Plus it was fun, from a creative aspect, to see what the director produced with the materials he had left over twenty years later. - Morgan Suszek



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