Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 27th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: UK, 1978
Director: Alan Birkinshaw
Writers: Alan Birkinshaw, Fay Weldon
Cast: Alison Elliott, JoAnne Good, Jane Hayden, Georgina Kean, David Jackson, Anthony Forrest, Nigel Gregory, Tom Marshall
DVD released: June 24th, 2008
Approximate running time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Salvation Films/Redemption
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: Four escaped psychotic killers’ under the influence of an experimental drug come across a group of stranded schoolgirls’ who they who they terrorize, rape and murder.
Killer’s Moon was a controversial film when it was first released receiving an X rating. It has also gained additional notoriety over years after being label a video nasty in the UK. Following the success of his previous film Confessions of a Sex Maniac director Alan Birkinshaw decided to try his hand in the horror genre. The plot for Killer’s Moon starts off slowly with no real shocking moment and it is not until about the last hour of the film is where the bulk of the rapes and killings. One minor complaint about the plot is the how the four killer’s keep telling themselves that this is all a dream even though they are wounded and in pain.
The plot overall is decent as it has all the things one would expect or want out of a horror film. The acts of violence in this film are never fun to look at especially since most of the violence involves assaulting the girls. There are several murders in this film and horror films fans will find satisfying. Even though the bloodshed is minimal this never takes away from the effectiveness of the killings. Besides murder and mayhem this films also features an ample of T&A. The acting is above average at best with no performance standing out. The four killers’ in the film are wearing medical outfits and they look vaguely similar to Alex and his gang of “Droogs”.
The plot for Killer’s Moon besides it similarities to “A Clockwork Orange” there is also glimpses of “Last House on the Left” and “I Spit on Your Grave”. The film features a quirky score that is befitting of this film that incorporates “Three Blind Mice” and “Humpty Dumpty”. Some of the films flaws are bad pacing and characters that lack any depth. Killer’s Moon is a murder by the numbers horror film and nothing more. Ultimately If you enjoy carnage and mayhem without any real purpose then you are sure to get a kick out of Killer’s Moon.
Killer’s Moon is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. The image looks nicely saturated and contrast levels look good. Outside of some mild moments of dirt specs the source material used for this transfer looks really good.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio mix is clear and free of any distracting noises. There are no audio defects and the audio far exceeds its mono limitations.
Extras for this release include the X rated and the R rated trailers for Killer’s Moon. Other extras include a color and a black & white still gallery. Also include with this release are two interviews one with director Alan Birkinshaw and the other interview is with actress Joanne Good. The interview with Alan Birkinshaw besides discussing “Killer’s Moon” it gives a brief overview for other films he directed. Joanne Good’s interview covers how she got the role and what is was like to work on “Killer’s Moon”. Both interviews are informative and they both are candid and forthcoming in their replies. The main extra for this release is an audio commentary with Alan Birkinshaw and Joanne Good. From top to bottom Killer’s Moon gets a superb release from Redemption Films.