John Stone is not a very nice man, in fact he’s severely damaged goods and completely deranged. An ex-marine, he prowls local bars with the aid of Zoe, a much younger girl who is in a unique relationship with him to pick women up and take them back to his home made torture chamber.
Zoe however is beginning to grow a little weary of John’s murderous ways and befriends the new bartender who funnily enough John has taken a liking to as well. That same bartender earlier in the film was picked up hitch hiking with the local Deputy Sheriff. The Deputy is pretty good at this job and when he uses John (who is a mechanic) to pick up his squad car after a flat tyre, something doesn’t feel quite right and he begins to delve into Stone’s background.
Welsh film maker Julian Richards has done wonders with this little film, its got all the markings of a film that would back in the day would probably had a visit from the old bill during the video nasties scare. The production values are good, the acting is above par and there’s a few ‘urgh’ bits which could turn one’s stomach. I was alright and I was eating tea when I watched it but others may not be as hard as I am.
The essential ingredients for a good exploitation picture with the DNA of the late 70s and early 80s are:
- Torture and violence towards young women.
- It has to be grubby and sleazy.
- Gory with at least some dismemberment.
- A totally vile unlikeable central character.
- An inappropriate relationship between two characters.
The film has all the above and due to this, it’s like an old fashioned blast from the past with a shiny new modern day setting. Its certainly not for snowflakes and the easily upset as at times its just plain unpleasant. However, I enjoyed it as a nice little time filler and John’s old torture chamber reminded me of ‘Don’t Go in the House’ but sadly no metal walls or a blowtorch.
Worth checking out if this is your thing.
- Starring Costas Mandylor Jemma Dallender Britt McKillip Jesse Moss
- Directed by Julian Richards