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The Majorettes (1986)

  Tags: 80's, 80's Slashers, based on book, cheerleaders, John Russo, S. William Hinzman, The Majorettes

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S. William Hinzman
92 minutes
Kevin Kindlin, Terrie Godfrey, Mark V. Jevicky, Sueanne Seamens, Denise Huot, Carl Hetrick, Mary Jo Limpert, Harold K. Keller, Tom E. Desrocher, Jacqueline Bowman, Colin Martin

Based on the novel by Night of the Living Dead '68 co-writer John Russo, The Majorettes is an interesting (but failed) attempt at changing the usual 80's slasher fare. Originally Tom Savini was going to work on this film, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts, so instead they got a newbie named Jerry Gergely to work on the effects for the kills. This explains why all we see are lame slashes to the throat by the same-old bowie knife. Had Savini not dropped out then maybe it would have been a better movie, but regardless, the film still proves to be slightly different compared to the usual 80's slasher half-way through when more details are revealed.

So the story is your typical one about some masked killer going about killing off the local cheerleading squad. The finger is pointed at a number of the stereotypical people, like the weird pervy maintenance man and the disgruntled and prone-to-violent-outbursts ex-boyfriend. Sadly, when the killer is revealed it fails to be remotely shocking since anyone who’s watched the genre long enough would have known within the first 10-minutes.

Although, it is around the time that the killer is revealed that the story takes an interesting turn, making it stand-out among the rest of the slashers sub-genre. Greed and revenge is played out through the last 30-or-so minutes, stepping the story-line and action up a notch, when a boyfriend decides to take matters in his own hands and goes through his father's gun collection.

The flick starts off as an incredibly dull 80's slasher, but half-way through takes an interesting turn into greed and revenge, making it stand-out among the standard 80's slasher. A decent rent, but don't expect a lot.

Posted on February 7, 2010 - 2:54pm | FrighT MasteR