Jeez, I officially take back any negative criticism I had about the genre. Yes, every slasher movie is the same but that's what makes me embrace it. Its one of the more comforting genres that don't feel like stale pop corn. The movie itself is a blast. The gore is fast and satisfying. The story itself has a few inspired elements. The Cinematography is in the league of Mario Bava. Really, not much to hate!
Superior 80s teen slasher is incredibly cheesy and dated, but that's all part of its considerable cult movie charm. An entertaining cast (including a wisecracking young Jason Alexander) and some great gore effects by Tom Savini make this one of the best of the genre, far better than that other summer camp slasher movie 'Friday the 13th'.
One of the finest slashers a genre can offer. A decent amount of time is spend on killer's origin and this could have been easily a franchise much like "Friday the 13th". Characters feel more as if they have come from "coming of age" movie and synth score is fitting enough to create an eerie atmosphere. Make-up effects are the main reason to give this one a try even though the ending is kind of underwhelming.
I like how Jason Alexander's character gets on the raft with the younger kids and the the girls, fleeing the danger of the maniac, and leaving the hero behind to face him alone.
Jerry: So you feel women and children first in this day and age is somewhat of an antiquated notion?
George Costanza: To some degree.
A routine slasher film structure with a few uncommon elements: the rafting adventure, and the substantial daylight activity among them. Shooting during daylight offered opportunities for some unusual and occasionally striking lighting. Particularly effective is the last image of the villain. Notable as the first Weinstein/Miramax film, and for the Rick Wakeman score and early Holly Hunter and Jason Alexander roles.
A kind of hybrid summer camp comedy/slasher flick. Early performances by Holly Hunter and Jason Alexander, copious nudity, Tom Savini makeup effects, a script co-written by the Weinsteins, and a synth score by Rick Wakeman. I ask you, what's not to like??
The uneasiness I got from watching that movie wasn't triggered by the (mediocre) gore or the (inexistent) suspense. It came from the constant sexual harassment against women that it depicts, and how it is always muffled in a "men can't think of something else so give them a break" ideology. We might have come to the day when this kind of movie has become merely a testimonial of a derelict (and unregretted) era.