Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 3rd, 2007
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1987
Director: Tim Ritter
Writer: Tim Ritter
Cast: Asbestos Felt, Courtney Lercara, Raymond Carbone, Bruce Paquette, Joel D. Wynkoop, Kieran Turner, Alan Brown, Rachel Rutz, Cloe Pavel
DVD released: November 6th, 2007
Approximate running time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Bloody Earth Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.98
Synopsis:After finding his wife Leeza’s dairy Tom Russo feels she is cheating on him. To make matters worse Tom ex-wife also cheated on him and this is something that he hasn’t gotten over. Instead of confronting his wife about her alleged infidelities Tom has decide to kill the men who sleep with his since it is their fault for seducing his wife.
Anyone who grew up in the 1980’s will remember fondly the boom of horror product most of which was direct to video releases. During this heyday of horror mayhem it seemed like everyone who had a camera was making a film with dozens of new releases each month. Killing Spree is a film that slipped past my radar back then and only now I am I fortunate enough to view this twisted little gem.
Killing Spree has all the right ingredients which make a horror film work T&A, gore, bloodshed, multiple murder weapons and a horror genre favorite zombie’s. This film truly has it all and nothing not even its biggest flaw its primitive FX could diminish the power of the film. The story is also well constructed with each new act of violence perfectly paced between the brief moments of normalcy. The death screens are all inventive and soaked in blood. Style and framing wise director Tim Ritter shows that he a strong sense of compositions and technique especially in the way he juxtapositions objects and people.
While it may be true that no one in Killing Spree will ever win awards for their performances one can not overlook or deny the power that is actor Asbestos Felt as Tom Russo. Asbestos Felt is a beast as he chews his way through each scene leaving behind no prisoners. All one has to do is look at him and you believe that he is capable of going off the deep end. The films ending comes out of left field and while it works with in the bizarre world created around the characters it still feels like you are watching another movie albeit a very cool zombie movie. Ultimately Killing Spree is one hell of film with its excessive gore and carnage there was never a dull moment.
The transfer for Killing Spree looks really good considering the source and outside of some noticeable grain there is no noticeable print damage or artifacts.
The audio sounds clear with a few instances where it sounds louder than it should while dialog is being spoken.
Besides the strong effort put into the audio/video presentation for this release a wide array of intriguing and entertaining extra’s have been assembled. Extras for this release include a audio commentary with writer/director Tim Ritter, a audio commentary with Asbestos Felt, Joel D. Wynkoop, R.M. Hoopes, Blinded by the Blood the making of Killing Spree (60 minutes), Killing Spree finance video (3 minutes), video test shoot (20 minutes) and a Camp Trailer Vault. Just about everything you could ever want to know about Killing Spree is covered in the two audio commentaries or the hour long making of the film. Camp Motion Pictures put forth a criterion like effort for Killing Spree a not as well known 1980’s horror film which deserves the widest audience possible.