The Redeemer – USA, 1976

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‘If you have a craving for terror come to the class reunion’

The Redeemer – aka The Redeemer… Son of Satan and Class Reunion Massacre – is an American horror feature film directed by Constantine S. Gochis from a screenplay by William Vernick. The film’s brooding synthesizer score was provided by Philip Gallo and Clem Vicari. It was filmed over four weeks in 1976 but not released until 1978.

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Cast:

Damien Knight, Jeanetta Arnette, Nick Carter, Nikki Barthen, Michael Hollingsworth, Gyr Patterson, T.G. Finkbinder, Christopher Flint, Richard Timmins, Jessica Bein, Eric Kjoenes, Rosa Arift.

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Plot:

Six people are trapped within the confines of their old high school during their tenth high school reunion with a psychotic, masked preacher who kills them off for their sinful lives they have made for themselves…

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Reviews:

“From a production standpoint the direction and acting all hold a lot better than other low budget horror films. And the overall quality of this production is even more impressive considering that this was the only film that most of the cast, the screenwriter and the director ever worked. Ultimately if you can look past its shortcomings, Redeemer: Son of Satan is a fun ride that fans of the slasher film genre should thoroughly enjoy.” 10K Bullets

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“Ultimately, despite the fact that it’s basically a stalk and slash, The Redeemer has enough going for it in terms of creativity and unpredictability that horror fans should find a lot to like about the movie. It’s not a perfect film and there are moments that work better than others, but overall there’s plenty of entertainment value here and even a couple of creepy thrills.” DVD Talk

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“The Redeemer: Son of Satan is a truly great, forgotten horror movie. Yes, it’s got it’s cheesy problems just like any other film of its era, but it also builds a sense of foreboding doom more palpable than a lot of movies I have encountered. From the minute the hapless victims set foot into the school, you feel they are in great danger and a number of moments in the film come off as genuinely suspenseful.” Oh, the Horror!

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“There is a genuine haunting atmosphere, the killings are bizarre and original, and the whole thing is laced with Argento-esque touches. But the obsessive morality (and the fact that the characters are all pretty nice) fails to make The Redeemer anything more than a cult curiosity.” Jim Harper, Legacy of Blood: A Comprehensive Guide to Slasher Movies

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“Possessed of disturbingly puritanical sensibility, this inept, unpleasant film is sticky going indeed.” James J. Mulay (editor), The Horror Film

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Filming locations:

Staunton, Virginia, USA

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