A camp groundskeeper is horribly burned when a prank by the camp kids goes wrong. Five years later he come back to the camp, garden sheers in hand, seeking revenge. This 1981 film is a fairly standard 80’s slasher film with a good bit of blood, death scenes that you don’t actually see, fake “the killer is going to attack” scenes, nudity, irresponsible teenagers, etc. Patience is a must with this one as, other than some scenes involving a prostitute that are totally out of place here, you have to wait a while for the first kill.
You will recognize a few faces here: Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) makes his movie debut, much younger and thinner than you are likely used to, and with a full head of hair, but every bit as irritating as he is now. Holly Hunter (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Raising Arizona) also makes her film debut in a very small role, and fans of Fast Time At Ridgemont High will be happy to see Rat (Brian Backer) in one of the lead roles. Probably the best thing about this movie is the work of horror special effects master Tom Savini, making for some memorable death scenes, in particular the legendary “raft scene”. For the most part the acting is pretty poor here, especially Leah Ayres as Michelle, the female lead. This is not an outstanding movie by any stretch but it's worth a look if you are an 80’s slasher fan or a Savini fan.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 6