Death Screams aka House of Death – USA, 1981

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‘He wants your body. In pieces.’

Death Screams – also titled House of Death and Night Screams – is a 1981 (released 1982) American horror feature film directed by actor David Nelson from a screenplay by Paul C. Elliott.

Director Worth Keeter III (Wolfman, Rottweiler: Dogs of Hell) provided the special effects.

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The movie stars Susan Kiger, Larry SprinkleAndria SavioDavid Lenthall, Martin TuckerWilliam T. Hicks (Tales of the Third Dimension)John Kohler, Jennifer Chase, Jody KayKurt RectorJosh GambleHanns Manship.

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Two teenagers are murdered by a mysterious killer. They are reported missing but their bodies are not found. Two weeks later, locals are celebrating the last night of carnival but the machete-wielding maniac is lurking nearby and when a group of youngsters  decide to camp overnight by the river, they soon become victims…

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Reviews:

“The film itself is pretty well shot; it’s obviously aping Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) and has some nicely evocative shots. It’s a shame, though, that apart from the exciting finale the director doesn’t seem capable of (or even particularly bothered about) conjuring up and sustaining suspense…” Hysteria Lives

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“Poor lighting, poor quality sound, low levels of logic from key characters, a weak script, a nonsensical reason for the killing spree, underused locations (such as the fair and graveyard) and more House of Death holds multiple examples of how not to do a horror film.” The Robotic Patriot

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“Standard slasher flick … Cinematographer Darrell Cathcart also worked on Final Exam (1981) and a bunch of Earl Owensby films. Susan Kiger was a Playboy ‘Playmate’… Monica Boston, who plays one of the teenagers in this film, represented North Carolina in the Miss World-America pageant in 1980. Hicks was in A Day of Judgement (1981).” Brian Albright, Regional Horror Films, 1958 – 1990

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