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Scalps (1983)

Jo-Ann Robinson , Richard Hench , Fred Olen Ray  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jo-Ann Robinson, Richard Hench, Roger Maycock
  • Directors: Fred Olen Ray
  • Writers: Fred Olen Ray, T.L. Lankford, John Ray
  • Producers: Alec Wisner, Ralph Stevens, T.L. Lankford, Tim McCanlies
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001DI5UI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,180 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Relentlessly morbid is the best way to describe this gruesome tale of retribution for beyond the grave. Deemed too intense for civilized audiences, this film has either been censored or outright banned in 99% of the world. Impending doom is in store for a group of college students digging in a cursed Indian burial ground, where an evil spirit lies in wait to possess the living and cut a bloody swath of vengeance across the land! In the harrowing tradition of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this widely suppressed, gruesome tale features gritty, outrageous gore effects and is now presented in all its graphic splendor.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scalps review May 27, 2004
Scalps was a highly ambitious low budget horror flick that should be in everyones horror collection. The story is well written and proves as an interesting spin on the slasher flick. Instead of making the evil killer a crazed lunatic like in most of your horror films from this time frame(the early eighties) it uses a evil native native american spirit as its vehicle for massacre. I think this makes it scarier than most of the traditional slasher films. The movie is filled with gorey and darkly frightning scenes. The only problem I had with the movie was the sometimes inappropriate lighting it used during some of the nightly killing scenes. It seems to be daytime sometimes in the middle of the night??? And also some of the acting is sub par but an the whole is pretty decent. I really like some of the slow motion chase scenes near the middle of the movie and also the hauting indian face that flashes in the fire and through out the film. Chilling!!!.......Jerry
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Its From Hell!!!!!" April 16, 2004
The packaging of Fred Olen Ray's "Scalps" leads one to believe that it has been banned virtually everywhere and is usually only seen in highly censored versions. I doubt this is a true statement and comparisons with "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" are unfounded. If you do not watch the film expecting it to be some sort of forbidden fruit of graphic gore and unrelenting horror you will probably enjoy it. The setting is a familiar one to those who know horror; a group of young people end up stranded in a remote area and stumble upon an ages old curse that engulfs them all. The acting is terrible and the film does not ever betray its low budget roots. The one amazing thing about the film is an extremely brutal throat slashing sequence that might be one of the "best" ever. This scene alone makes the film worth watching as well as cameos by Forrest Ackerman, Carrol Borland and a general revisiting of early eighties horror. I especially enjoyed the virtual immediate "freak out" of one of the group who resorts to some priceless dialouge during a scene when they hear ghostly drumming. (Its from hell). The DVD transfer is barely acceptable and there is even a disclaimer stating that it was culled from many different sources to present the most complete version possible. What is odd is that I am not clear as to why this was needed as there is nothing in the film that would indicate the need for massive censorship. My thought is that the film was basically "lost" and it was pieced together from whatever footage they could find. Anyway, while I seem fairly negative about this movie, I did enjoy revisiting "Scalps" and would recommend it to slasher movie completists.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Good, But Dated Horror Movie September 7, 2004
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I remember seeing "Scalps" years ago, but it was one of those infamous, chopped up versions, so I was pretty excited to see a restored version released on DVD. No, this isn't nearly the bloodfest that "Evil Dead" is, but considering it's time of release, "Scalps" was a pretty hardcore horror film. And there really wasn't a complete copy on video. Despite what some other reviewers say, this is still basically an 80's slasher, and that is a good thing, and that is probably what you want considering your reading reviews on "Scalps". The gore effects are pretty good, and the acting and story are pretty good too. "Scalps" has it's tense or scary moments. Overall I would recommend you add this to your horror collection if you are a fan of 80's horror. The only reason I would deduct any points from "Scalps" is that the movie desperately needs to smooth out the rough edges. Scenes will jump-cut to the next scene jarringly, and with the restoration and adding censored scenes in, it's obvious where the master print was played with. Still, "Scalps" is a cool little movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A lesson to learn May 26, 2004
I vaguely remember seeing this film on Continental Video in the mid 80's and considered it OK. I puchased the original movie poster a couple of years ago and then went on a quest to find a VHS copy of it. No luck. Then I heard about Retromedia and Fred Olen Ray Along with "The EEL" decided to do the 20th Anniversary eddition. I bought it. Basically Fred Olen Ray had to go through hell trying to piece together a print to Scalps. Most of the footage shown is grainy from a blow up of a 16mm print to 35. The cut scenes that were added in are from a Vidoe transfer from the 80's U.S. VHS release and Canadia 3 quarter inch tapes. Watch the movie once through and please forgive the grain. The viewing may seem like the film is over 2 hours because it drags and drags on. The best scene is the throat slashing. In my opinion it is one of the best throat slashings I have ever seen on film. I had some time to kill and decided to view Scalps once again with the commentary track on by Lee and Fred. The commentary is great. I learned information about the making of a film. From script writing to finding financing. The commentary taught me a lesson on filmmaking. How to make a film with no budget and the tricks to shooting with what you got. Fred Olen Ray explains about shooting day for night, shoestring budgets, how 21st century cheated him out of $ and the secrets to some special effects that were used for the murder scenes. I recommend the viewer to watch the film once without commentary then watch it with the commentary. The movie is not great, the image is grainy and poor but the make-up and gore is pretty good. The commentary is the best. Fred's voice over is much louder than Lee's but Fred is much more fun to listen too. 3 stars for gore and commentary.
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2.0 out of 5 stars 2 stars out of 5
Not sure where this reviews are coming from. This is not a good 80s slasher movie. I've seen some bad ones before and I'm not saying it's the worst, but it's pretty bad. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Philip
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is the chanting coming from?
Highly entertaining, despite its low budged but it has a creepy feeling. The Indian chants put the hook in me really and the gory scenes good for a low budget.
I recommend it!
Published 2 months ago by N. Lindström
2.0 out of 5 stars SO-SO!
Movie was a typical 80s horror/slasher film. Very low budget picture quality. This was even worse when viewed on a second rate dvdr (fake) copy sold to me by (deep_discount_dvd). Read more
Published 16 months ago by MITCHEL G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the Slasher past!
I loved this movie when I first saw it on video-tape back in the 1980's. The DVD version looks great and it seems to have been produced using different sources, the quality is... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Anthony Washburn
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than nothing
but to start the quality of the DVD stinks. First of all it is not a studio made DVD. it is burned in DVD -R format. Looks like it was transferred from VHS. Read more
Published on December 18, 2011 by K. Harper
2.0 out of 5 stars insert clever title here
This movie quite easily had the budget of the sweet kung fu short i shot in high school for my video and photo class. Read more
Published on March 20, 2009 by itmustsucktobeyou
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Atmosphere
Pretty slow moving but the special fx and weird atmosphere make up for it, like the random indian facees that apear on the screen. pretty sweet daeth scenes too.
Published on January 4, 2009 by J man
3.0 out of 5 stars "HALPS" for your going to need it if you watch this!
Oooooof! Where do I start? If you are a lover of the film SCALPS then you will be happy to know that this DVD is shown in wide screen format
and uncut(unlike the VHS copy I... Read more
Published on October 9, 2008 by CLINT BRONSON
3.0 out of 5 stars Evil Talks
This movie was banned in 99% of the world. They had to splice parts togather for nr version so it is rough going some times. Read more
Published on December 2, 2005 by whitewolf
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