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Savage Weekend - REGION 1 DVD
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2007
Why would anyone waste time and money releasing a film on DVD in a form that is confused and incomplete due to heavy editing and censoring?? Such is the case with Savage Weekend. I first saw the film several years ago at a drive-in theater in Georgia. I vividly recall that there were several nude and racy scenes and some fairly graphic violence, as well. Well, if you buy this DVD you can safely play it for the kids because all of the "adult" content is missing!! Also, the picture quality is absolutely dreadful and grainy and looks like it was copied from a very poor quality source; such as a copy made on VHS at home from a poor cable t.v. service!! Maybe one day Anchor Bay or someone else will give this film the treatment it deserves and release it in the original, complete, unedited and uncensored version. Also with decent and clearer picture quality, too. As a fan of actress Caitlin O'Heaney (aka Kathleen Heaney), this DVD is a real letdown.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
SAVAGE WEEKEND (aka: THE KILLER BEHIND THE MASK) has a few problems. However, it has its good points as well, including the character named Otis, played by William Sanderson (BLADERUNNER, MAN'S BEST FRIEND). Sanderson plays him w/ just the right mixture of backward hillbilly-ness and unbalanced menace. The nefarious character named Mac Macauley (played by the one and only David Gale- REANIMATOR, THE BRAIN, SYNGENOR)is also quite good in a wicked, "macho man" way. His dialogue on the fishing boat is priceless, including the branding-iron-flashback-sequence. The rest of the cast would be very dull indeed, if not for the fact that they're busy taking their clothes off, and having sex every few minutes! The biggest complaints about this movie have always been that A) It takes well over half its running time before anyone gets killed. B) The acting can get pretty wooden at times, and C) The boom microphone is visible -especially toward the beginning- in several scenes, making them painful to watch! Still, once the madman dons the mask, this becomes an effective horror movie. Coming out two years after TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and BLACK CHRISTMAS, but pre-dating HALLOWEEN by two years, SAVAGE WEEKEND gets extra points for originality, a nice twist, and a machete vs. chainsaw finale! Seeing it uncut adds an extra star to the total...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2013
This film is really good for a low budget film, and for its time too. I believe this was filmed in 1976. I liked this movie a lot, although, it was easy to find out who the killer was. The kills were ok and I was scared a few times. I like the soundtrack from this film too. Pretty impressive for low budget. The acting and cast were ok as well. The DVD edition of this is just ok. This needs to have a remastered in high definition on either DVD or Blu-ray to make it even more enjoyable, but the DVD does the job. I would recommend this movie for your horror collection. I got this movie really cheap at the time too which made me pleased with my purchase. I would rate this 3.9 out of 5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2015
Come on folks, for a first movie for a writer/director, and a budget << $100 K, this one has a lot of strengths, mainly the story, which is well-done. Given some of the reviews, I thought director/writer Paulsen was challenging the great Ed Wood! But here, at least, is nothing Ed Wood woulda/coulda done.
With a decent budget and proper time to do re-takes, cuts, etc. this would have been very good. Certainly better than most of the genera of like today.. By the way, I watched the "streamed" version, which apparently is without many of the bad cuts and pastes some complain about in the CD.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is a yawn of a slasher movie, made in 1976, although it was stuck on the shelf for five years before being released. When you see it you'll know why. The film plays like an uneasy combination of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "The Phantom of the Opera", and "Pod People".

After a brief, tense, and needlessly melodramatic opening revealing conflict and parenting issues within a tedious group of people, the cast goes to a creepy old cabin for the weekend, where crazy Otis works as a boat caretaker. How do we know Otis is crazy? The heavy-handed direction and screenplay have one cast member mention to another that Otis has previously kidnapped and branded (yes, with a branding iron) a woman. But that's all in the past, and they have no reservations whatsoever about letting Otis stay on as the caretaker of their boat. It turns out that Otis is none too skilled at his craft, as they bring in an outsider to assist him, after which many bad things happen. Coincidence?

The film is mostly boring, although there is one fairly good plot twist which you can predict if you watch carefully: I was too bored to watch it all that carefully in part due to the tedious flute and banjo music. I give "Savage Weekend" two stars for throwing the curveball at the end.

As a side note, the movie is available as part of the "50 Movie Pack: Drive-In Movie Classics" collection, normally for less that you would pay for this single DVD.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2010
I enjoyed the movie . It was fun, but I can't say much about the film transfer. Bad at best.It was watchable but not a great effort.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a yawn of a slasher movie, made in 1976, although it was stuck on the shelf for five years before being released. When you see it you'll know why. The film plays like an uneasy combination of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "The Phantom of the Opera", and "Pod People".

After a brief, tense, and needlessly melodramatic opening revealing conflict and parenting issues within a tedious group of people, the cast goes to a creepy old cabin for the weekend, where crazy Otis works as a boat caretaker. How do we know Otis is crazy? The heavy-handed direction and screenplay have one cast member mention to another that Otis has previously kidnapped and branded (yes, with a branding iron) a woman. But that's all in the past, and they have no reservations whatsoever about letting Otis stay on as the caretaker of their boat. It turns out that Otis is none too skilled at his craft, as they bring in an outsider to assist him, after which many bad things happen. Coincidence?

The film is mostly boring, although there is one fairly good plot twist which you can predict if you watch carefully: I was too bored to watch it all that carefully in part due to the tedious flute and banjo music. I give "Savage Weekend" two stars for throwing the curveball at the end.

As a side note, the movie is available as part of the "50 Movie Pack: Drive-In Movie Classics" collection, normally for less that you would pay for this single DVD.
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on October 10, 2014
I give it 1 star only because I can't give it 0.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2014
Sure it took forever for anything to happen, but I didn't mind it. One character was very entertaining to watch (I'm sure you'll guess which one). Wished the murders had been more graphic (as in bloody) and less chat though.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2014
Awful. From beginning to end, this film is inept on all fronts. I wanted to like it and I gave it plenty of chances but to no avail. Avoid at all cost.
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