An ineffective horror film, SAVAGE LUST is bereft of originality or ambition; it seems to have been cloned directly from any number of cheap, anonymous mad-slasher flicks of the past.
A group of young people are traveling to a remote lake in upstate New York when Tony (Greg Rhodes), the ostensible navigator, reveals he's not sure of the way there. They pick up a hitchhiker, Jack (Clark Tufts), who tells them they're a couple of hours from their destination, and as night
falls, they decide to pull off the road and find a place to spend the night. They wind up at an old house set back in the woods, where a shrine erected around a trashed car decorates the lawn and a mysterious presence watches from an upstairs window. Helen (Claudia Franjul), Tony's girlfriend and
the only one who notices the watcher, gets spooked and insists on going back to the car. The others venture inside and, despite discovering a pair of coffins in the basement, a collection of scalps on a shelf and a bedroom bedecked with suggestive pictures of a beautiful woman, decide to sack out
on the main room's floor.
But a homicidal presence is lurking, and murders Helen in the woods. Rod (Mark Irish) and Susan (Liz Hitchler) decide to have sex in the bedroom and die next; Tony discovers Helen's body in the enshrined car, and he and Peter (Jerry Kernion) soon find that the latter's motorcycle has been broken
into pieces. Their own car's engine has been trashed, and Tony sends Peter and his girlfriend Anne (Kathleen Patane) to go to the main road for help while he searches for Rod and Susan.
Tony finds Jack with his throat slashed, and is himself murdered in the cellar. Out on the main road, Peter and Anne are picked up by Alfred (William Russell), who proves to be scarred and malevolent and kills Peter. Anne escapes back to the house, where she is set upon by Amanda (Jennifer
DeLora), the woman from the picture, now horribly disfigured and wearing a mask. Amanda reveals that both she and Alfred were maimed in an accident caused by a biker gang, and have been seeking insane, symbolic revenge ever since. During their struggle, a wall breaks apart, revealing the interred
bodies of the biker gang; Alfred arrives, and is about to deliver the coup de grace to Anne when he is shot by an arriving state trooper (Douglas Gowland). Anne is rescued and the insane Amanda taken away.
Filmed under the title DEADLY MANOR in 1989, SAVAGE LUST adds nothing to the worn-out teen stalker genre. The movie is structured in much the same way as the original FRIDAY THE 13TH, and the unsympathetic characters spend the first half of the movie talking in circles. The actors are colorless
and the horrific proceedings uninspired, with only a couple of attempts at subplots (Jack running from the law, the predictable back story of the killers) that don't add up to much. Writer-director Jose Larraz was responsible for the cult classic lesbian vampire film VAMPYRES back in 1974, but two
decades later seems to have forgotten how to assemble a horror film. The movie doesn't even get down to the business of setting its sequential slaughter into motion until an hour has passed, and an erotic dream sequence involving Tony and Amanda, clearly intended to divert audiences in the
meantime, is more ridiculous than sexy. The result is redundant, tiresome and obvious. (Graphic violence, extensive nudity, sexual situations, profanity.)
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- Released: 1993
- Rating: NR
- Review: An ineffective horror film, SAVAGE LUST is bereft of originality or ambition; it seems to have been cloned directly from any number of cheap, anonymous mad-slasher flicks of the past. A group of young people are traveling to a remote lake in upstate New… (more)