By the doubling of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.
From a dark lake filling the bottom of an abandoned quarry rises a little boy (Christopher Flint) who then catches a bus. This startling scene, though almost disconnected from the bulk of the film, show us that we’re in for something unusual. While a group of jerkoffs at a high-school reunion getting bumped off isn’t entirely original, this one tries to be something different by having the killer be something far from the norm….
The characters – John (Damien Knight), Cindy (Jeanetta Arnette), Terry (Nick Carter), Jane (Nikki Barthen), Roger (Michael Hollingsworth) and Kirsten (Gyr Patterson) – were unpleasant people in high school, and remain unpleasant people in adult life. However, despite being the usual sort of jerkoffs for this sort of film, these characters aren’t really that different from people that many of us know in real life. They’re selfish and annoying, they have no concern for others, they’re vain and stupid. Yes, I’m a misanthrope, screw you. The thing is, these people don’t deserve to be killed any more than folks you might run across in the market while buying bread. I wish all those people to die horribly, but I don’t like waiting in line.
The Redeemer (T.G. Finkbinder) is a strange character to be sure. A priest during the day, during the hours of need he metamorphoses into a guy who, like Edward Lionheart in Theater of Blood, is able to use makeup to appear as different people, including a freakish clown. The thing is, it seems that the Redeemer is in some way possessed by that weird kid from the beginning of the film. Why the Redeemer was chosen and the purpose of his killing – aside from the punishment for their sins – is a bit mysterious. It seems that maybe a portion of the script was left unfilmed or perhaps left on the cutting room floor. Regardless, it leaves something to think about, a feature uncommon to low-budget horror. Furthermore, the special effects are pretty good for what was clearly a low-budget effort, as are the performances.
Trailer on YouTube.