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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

31 Days of Halloween 2013 - Day 15

Murder Weapon
1989
David DeCoteau (as Ellen Cabot)

Dawn (Linnea Quigley) overdoses on some milk and proceeds to murder her sister and her sister's  boyfriend. After being thrown into an insane asylum, she makes friends with Amy (Karen Russell), who just happens to be the daughter of a mobster. They seduce their way out the asylum and use Amy’s recent inheritance from her dad to hide out in a large mansion. Once settled in, they invite six of their ex-boyfriends (one of whom is played by Silent Night Deadly Night 2’s Eric Freeman) to stay over. The ex's all show-up but soon after they arrive, a black gloved killer begins taking them out, one at a time.

The man who brought us, A Talking Cat!?! (2013) strikes again. Murder Weapon has exactly two things going for it: 80's B-movie idol, Linnea Quigley, and some surprisingly gushy gore effects.  Linnea, as always, is a great deal of fun to watch, and she enjoys quite a bit of screen time. The kill scenes go beyond over the top, with sledgehammers whacking skulls, and hearts being torn out bare handed. The identity of the killer is given away almost immediately, by a bad camera set-up that reveals the person’s head. This is endemic of everything that is wrong with the film, it’s poorly shot, badly scored, and edited with a brick. The plot makes little to no sense at all, and cruises largely on its quirky set-up. If only it would have retained the energy and oddness of the opening act, Murder Weapon could have been more than an obscure cult slasher.

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