Produced in 1989 and previously released in a longer version titled FATAL EXPOSURE, this is cheapjack exploitation under any name.
Jeff Hopkins (Gary Wise) and his wife Maggie (Renee Cline) visit new-in-town photographer Jack Rippington (Blake Bahner) at his mansion, only to be killed by Jack for "murder layouts." The great-grandson of Jack the Ripper, Jack is searching for the perfect woman to bear his child, and seems to
find what he's looking for in Erica (Ena Henderson), a girl he meets in a cemetery who looks just like his great-grandmother. After murdering Erica's suspicious friend Gretchen (Joy Ovington), Jack has the unwitting Erica procure him more "models" from agencies in the nearby big city.
Erica becomes pregnant, thrilling Jack. Gravedigger Trent Masters (Jah Riley) finds the bodies of his victims, and Jack kills him, followed by Sheriff Stone (Marc Griggs), who is investigating Masters' disappearance. Erica, having heard reports about the vanished models, returns to Jack's mansion
just in time to see him killing the sheriff. Jack imprisons her, but she is ultimately able to escape and kills him with acid, though she seems to have become unhinged herself.
Despite the fact that Monument Entertainment excised the explicit sex and nudity from this home-video release, MANGLED ALIVE remains rooted in the trashy. From its cliched prologue of parked teenagers being stalked to its predictable conclusion, it has been written and directed with an eye more
towards exploitation ingredients than common sense. Ignoring the interesting possibilities of its story--and the fact that Jack could never, as he claims, have met his infamous great-grandfather--the movie simply proceeds as a series of grotesque murder tableaux. There's much grimacing from Bahner
and plenty of overdone music and makeup effects, particularly during Gretchen's dismemberment, which is right out of BLOOD FEAST (1963). The whole movie (which was shot on video and "filmlooked"), in fact, seems inspired by the likes of Herschell Gordon Lewis, complete with such low-budget details
as large bottles labeled "CHLOROFORM" and "ACID" and an address book with only one name in it. (Graphic violence, sexual situations, extreme profanity.)
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- Released: 1989
- Rating: NR
- Review: Produced in 1989 and previously released in a longer version titled FATAL EXPOSURE, this is cheapjack exploitation under any name. Jeff Hopkins (Gary Wise) and his wife Maggie (Renee Cline) visit new-in-town photographer Jack Rippington (Blake Bahner) at… (more)