Blood Hook (1986)

The 80’s were filled with tons of cheap, underground slashers following the craze of Friday the 13th and it’s many “clones”. But this fairly unknown low-budget movie may be the better of the “lost” slashers of the decade.

In sleepy Hayward, Wisconsin, folks are holding the annual Muskie Madness fishing tournament where it seems that someone is reeling in more than just fish off the lake. Someone with a big fishing hook is catching people!

Written and directed by Jim Mallon, best known for his work on the classic TV comedy Mystery Science Theater 3000, Blood Hook is a truly amusing little venture into the slasher conventions. You have all the elements – silly teens, rock music, bloody murders, backwoods weirdos – all used to put a tongue-in-cheek spin on the slasher genre.

The joy of this film is its nicely campy feel and it proves to be amusing because it doesn’t take itself seriously. After all have you ever seen a killer thriller where the murderer literally fishes for his victims? This true low-budgeter gets by on it’s dark humor, and it’s a real effective style! Too bad it’s an underground flick. At any rate, this quirky memorable little gem is well worth finding.

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