10 August 2015

BLOODMOON (1990)

BLOODMOON

German Title:
Red Moon

Australia, 1990
Director: Alec Mills

5/10









An Australian film that takes place at an all-girl's school... no, I'm obviously NOT talking about "Picnic at Hanging Rock". I'm talking about this obscure little Oz-slasher from 1990, directed by Alec Mills who worked as cinematographer and camera operator on several James Bond films like "Moonraker, "Octopussy", "The Living Daylights" or "Licence to Kill". I have no idea why he chose this silly film for his directorial debut, and I also have no idea why he stopped directing after his second and last film only two years later (the even more obscure "Dead Sleep" with Linda Blair!)... well, I guess he got the chance to do some directing, but eventually wasn't too enthusiastic about it.


In some kinda way, "Bloodmoon" is the perfect 80s-slasher-clich├ęs/tropes best-of: there's a killer roaming around a girl's school, murdering sexy girls, ripping their eyes out and cutting their fingers off. There's lots of bare breasts (we get to see the very first pair of boobs at minute 3:17), teenagers drinking and fighting at a school dance, a make-up-wearing heavy metal band, a teacher sleeping with her students, people getting killed during sex, an American student (whose mother is a Hollywood actress) falls in love with one of the locals, and, of course, lots and lots of bad hairstyles. In addition: there's also cats, bunnies, owls and a creepy nun - but no Kangaroos or Koalas whatsoever! *shocked*

What almost sounds like the best movie ever (kidding) is just another run-of-the-mill slasher, not good, not bad, just okay. Blood and gore are rather sparse, though there's a few nice close-ups of dead teenagers with ghastly-looking eye-wounds, as well as one badass scene where the killer repeatedly bashes one student's head against a desk. Certain pretty suspenseful scenes in the second half make up for the lack of tension in the first half, and contrary to my expectations, the movie ends in a surprisingly grim way.


Most of the acting ranges from ok to awful; sole exceptions: Leon Lissek (pretty terrific performance) and Christine Amor (she's just fun!). The epic score by Brian May a.k.a one-of-the-underrated-composers of all time ("Mad Max 1+2") is terrific, cinematography and editing are decent. It's a tragedy that the movie focuses too much on the movie's teen slasher elements, and not enough on the whodunit aspects. Believe me when I say that there's a really excellent whodunit thriller somewhere hidden beneath.

Final verdict: a must-see for fans of slasher films and/or Ozploitation, recommended to everyone who digs late 80s/early 90s horror.

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6 comments:

  1. Yeah, this was pretty standard even for me. It's alright, I guess. Could had used more barbwire noose-related killings.

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    1. Indeed, there should have been way more gore and kills.

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  2. It was really on the radar when it was a new release VHS - that poster and box art is very eye catching (slight pun intended). But yeah. the movie is not that great. I didn't realize until reading this that it was directed by Bond camera guy Alec Mills! Wow! Yeah, not at all what you'd expect him to choose as a directorial debut - but horror is the one genre that pretty much never goes away, so there are always horror films gearing up every year. I'd watch this again on DVD in the proper aspect ratio.

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    1. I agree with you, Craig, still: this guy should have made something action- or spy-related, especially with his connections. You can totally feel that he is not exactly an expert when it comes to the horror genre IMO.

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  3. Been there, done that...and share the same first name as the Director. :-)

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