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Blood Hook
(1986)
Reviewed by Joel Mathis
Rating: 10 Beans

he eighties were a wonderful time for horror movies. No longer did filmmakers have to strain themselves trying to come up with something that remotely resembled a plot. Instead, an entire film could be created by taking a random group of teenagers, put them someplace remote and give the killer some kind of hook (pardon the pun). Blood Hook is different from any other slasher film in one key way.

The plot revolves around said group of random teenagers who go up to Crystal Lake (or where ever the killers are hanging out this year) where there is a fishing competition taking place. They do the usual teenager in slasher films things, meet some wacky characters, and then people start dying by getting caught with a fishing lure.

The characters are so amazingly bland, even the wacky ones, that they slip from my mind having viewed the film only ten minutes beforehand. The only way I can even think of them is as stereotypes. They had the tramatized kid, the punk kid, the new age girl, the ditz, the burned out Viet Nam veterane, and the weird old guy. The most bizarre character had to be the sherrif, though, since he refused to believe that any murders had taken place without bodies. Apparantly the fact that dozens of people were vanishing forever leaving behind pools of blood and torn bits of flesh wasn't a good tip off for him.

The lure used to kill people and that most of the characters use in a desperate bid for suspence is not just any lure. It has hooks a good eight inches long and the bobber is over a foot across. Now, keep in mind that people are fishing in a freshwater lake with these gigantic hooks that the only freshwater fish large enough to be caught by it would be Nessie. The killer also casts his deep sea lure with a pole and reel used in deep sea fishing, but those reels are not used for casting, but trolling.

So, what makes Blood Hook so different? Two years later the Jim Mallon, who directed and co-wrote the film, created along with Joel Hodgson a television show for a small independant station in Minneapolis. The show made fun of bad movies and was eventually picked up by a nationwide cable network and people all over the country could enjoy Mystery Science Theater 3000. Fans of the show should also note that Mallon has a very brief cameo in Blood Hook as a lost tourist.

Blood Hook in and of itself is fairly typical for a slasher film. In other words, terribly bad and annoying to watch. However, a bad movie from one of the creators of a show very dear to all bad movie fans cannot be ignored. Watch Blood Hook and speculate if it was part of the reason for the show's creation.






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