It's slow, it's grindingly slow. It doesn't know if it is drama, horror, or comedy. Who's fault is it? Well, only one person is to blame...Spark Plug!!! Or director Charles B. Pierce if you prefer.
|There is something very unsettling about this even prior to Jason...|
As for the film itself...it doesn't play too well as a straight up horror flick. It has plenty of drama, comedy (unintentional or intentional--I'm not sure), and the docudrama of the voice over narrator. The narration aspect of it is somewhat jolting but serves a purpose. It shocks the viewer back out of the picture and reminds them that they are viewing a more or less historical document and are not actually submersed in Texarkana at the time of the killings. I enjoy this device greatly and think if done well can still be used to great advantage.
The kills are fairly vanilla, except for one. A couple are almost beaten to death, most of the others are shot and then there's the doozy.
|The doozy...it is just plain weird...|
All in all check it out if you can handle 70's style horror (or 70's style anything really). It's a slow burn that burns really frickin slow. But fun nonetheless. Despite everything there is something that draws me to Pierce's flicks.
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