Cards of Death
Directed by Will MacMillan
Sad souls play a deadly game in this 1986 shot-on-video rarity which was briefly released in Japan, then faded into obscurity before receiving a retro-VHS-release in 2013. When police discover a criminal contest where players kill each other to win, they must infiltrate a dangerous domain populated by sickos who slice off noses with cheese graters and strangle people with barbed wire. Seriously, this one’s like, weird to the max, man, with a Casio soundtrack and a surprisingly gritty sensibility courtesy of actor-turned-one-time-director W.G. MacMillan (THE CRAZIES).
Sad souls play a deadly game in this 1986 shot-on-video rarity.
Cast: Will MacMillan, Ron Kologie, Shamus Sherwood
I never heard of this movie but got excited seeing how obscure it was. Obscurity occurs for a reason. This isn’t in the “so bad it’s good” category. It’s just pretty bad. I like the strange aesthetic of the 80s low budget lens flares and thrown-together costumes.
I watched this one because of its notorious obscurity. While I'm glad I watched it, its a pretty terrible movie. Poorly acted, poor effects, and an incomprehensible story. This one should have stayed lost
I have no freaking idea what the plot line in this thing was. It's like a group of college kids picked up women at the bar claiming to be movie producers. They then woke up the next day and the women would leave so they did a line of coke (that they later used as a prop) and went "damn grab the Betamax recorder we have to throw some crap together, I guess we're making a movie" It literally looked like it was filmed in the back room of a haunted house down to the black trash bag crusher walls. 2 skulls because I liked the card came idea and the freaking cheese grater nose death is kinda cool.
omg, not enough crackers in the world for this much cheese. Laughably horrible.
Eh it was OK, if it wasn't for this film being very difficult to find I don't think there would be much excitement over it. It's less of a slasher film and more of a early version of Hostel, some decent kills but the pacing is glacial, it has the worst theme music i've ever heard in a horror film(one part of the score literally sounds like nails on a chalkboard, and don't even get me started on that horrible song in the end credits, easily the worst original song composed for a movie i've ever heard) the acting isn't the worst i've ever seen, but it never rises above the level of a college play, at times this film was a real chore to get through, I found myself getting distracted by other things multiple times. So while I don't regret signing up for a free trial just to see this film, it's really not worth it's holy grail status, honestly i'm not surprised it didn't get a U.S. release for so long. So if you're a slasher completest like me check it out for curiosities sake, but otherwise you can skip it.