Nightmare Weekend (1985) Vinegar Syndrome Blu Ray Review

Posted October 8, 2017 by in Horror

Rating

Our Score
 
 
 
 
 

3.5/ 5

Length: 85 minutes
 
Release Date: 1985
 
Studio: Vinegar Syndrome
 
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Pros:

It's a true cult film. It's charming. The blu ray looks great.
 

Cons:

It makes no sense whatsoever. So what?
 
Verdict

Synopsis: A female scientist performs experiments on three college girls that turn them into drooling, murderous mutants.   Review: A scientist, his daughter, her hand puppet, and their employer live in a big house in Florida where some nasty accidents have been occurring. Recently, some pranksters trying to vandalize the house were stopped cold when […]

by david j. moore
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Synopsis:

A female scientist performs experiments on three college girls that turn them into drooling, murderous mutants.

 

Review:

A scientist, his daughter, her hand puppet, and their employer live in a big house in Florida where some nasty accidents have been occurring. Recently, some pranksters trying to vandalize the house were stopped cold when one of their own was hideously mutilated by the intelligent hand puppet, whose name is George. George is all part of the scientist’s experiments: He’s been trying to symbiotically link a supercomputer with the puppet, using some form of telekinesis (or something, I’m not sure exactly) and science to create a remote weapon that utilizes small spheres (like in the Phantasm movies) that zip around and enter human orifices (usually the mouth) and transforms them into mind-controlled mutants. Sometimes George gets a little out of hand; he’s like a very loyal dog that can sense danger and he uses extreme prejudice if the scientist or his daughter are ever threatened. Sometimes, George just likes creating havoc for the thrill of watching it unfold, so this little guy is incredibly unpredictable. When a group of girlfriends and their boyfriends (whom they pick up at a local dive bar) stay over at the house, this creates all kinds of friction for an already volatile situation at the house, as the scientist’s employer is planning a big betrayal that would entail selling the secret weapon to a foreign entity, and sure enough George goes overboard with his antics, and in no time at all the girlfriends have been grossly mutated into killer zombie chicks. Meanwhile, there’s romance, sex, rape, and pinballing.

 

Nightmare Weekend is what it’s all about! A bonkers and nonsensical regional independent effort, this is a movie that certainly has charm, and I did my very best to keep up with its bizarre story. Filled to the brim with softcore sex and nudity (the director Henri Sala was known for doing European soft X movies), this is one for purveyors of gonzo horror films of the 1980’s. Starring Dale Midkiff (from Pet Semetery) and Robert John Burke (from Robocop 3) before they were known, but redubbed later on by other actors, this one has to be seen to be believed.

 

Vinegar Syndrome released Nightmare Weekend on a blu ray / DVD combo pack fairly recently, and it’s a pretty sweet package. Restored to high definition in a widescreen and unrated edition with some humorous on-camera interviews on the supplemental features, this is now affordably priced to own.

 

For more information, please visit: www.VinegarSyndrome.com

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david j. moore
david j. moore

david j. moore is the author of World Gone Wild: A Survivor's Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies and The Good, the Tough and the Deadly: Action Movies and Stars.