· Dahmer vs. Gacy (2011) (Virgil Films & Entertainment)
The Short Version: Bloody B-Movie bedlam starring Art LaFleur!
The Slightly-Elongated Version: In the past, there have been dozens of movies based on infamous serial killers John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey Dahmer, but passing up the opportunity to capitalize on two of America’s favorite ephebophiliac murderers (well after they had been executed, mind you) is not something any good exploitation filmmaker could do. Here, demented scientist Art LaFleur creates clones of the deadly duo, who promptly escape and go on a killing spree. It’s up to a redneck warrior trained by the voice of God himself (Harland Williams!) to clean up the mess. Irwin Keyes is on-hand as a doctor in this wacky slasher comedy that’s funnier than you’d think.
· Killer Yacht Party (2006) (Troma Entertainment)
The Short Version: Uh-huh, and I bet it’s pronounced “Throatwobbler Mangrove,” too.
The Slightly-Elongated Version: A group of party-crazy LA kids receive an invite for a private bit of revelry on some yayhoo’s plush yacht. But, before everyone in this wild scene can break out in an impromptu number of “I’m On a Boat,” a vengeful spirit (are there any other kinds in these movies?) is on the loose; the ghost of the vessel’s former owner’s wife (or something like that). Well, that’s what they say at least: it’s actually one of them there human beings that’s behind the brutal killings that soon start taking place onboard this voyage into terror, in this thriller by Piotr Uzarowicz (whose name I won’t even try to pronounce). Originally known as Dead in the Water.
· Sledgehammer (1983) (InterVision Picture Corp.)
The Short Version: He wants to be yours. Won’t you call his name?
The Slightly-Elongated Version: The one and only David A. Pryor — the man behind such class-icks as Killer Workout and Deadly Prey (both of which are in my collection, I should point out) — made the world’s first shot-on-video horror film in 1983. For years, the title remained unavailable and was very hard-to-find; until InterVision Picture Corp. made SOV gorehounds all around the globe very happy by releasing it on DVD and — believe it or not — VHS! David’s frequent star (and longtime sibling) Ted stars here as one of several youths whose routine weekend getaway is cut short — and smashed in — by a hammer-wielding psychopath. Also available on VHS.