|ISLAND OF BLOOD (SCARED ALIVE/WHODUNIT?) (director/writer: Bill Naud; cinematographer: Tom Spalding; editor: Hari Ryatt; music: Joel Goldsmith; cast: Marie-Alise Recasner (Donna), Rick Dean (Jim), Ron Gardner (Franklin Phlem, director), Bari Suber (Betty Jean 'BJ'), Red McVay (Bert, Caretaker/Cook), Jeanine Marie (Lyn), Steven Tash (Phil), Gary Phillips (Taylor), Jim Piper (John), Terry Goodman (Steve Faith, producer); Runtime: 82; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Bill Naud/Tom Spalding; Applause; 1982)|
|"Second-rate slasher whodunit."
by Dennis Schwartz
Naud ("Ricky 1"/"Wild in the Sky"/"Thunder in
Dixie") writes and directs this second-rate slasher
whodunit modeled after Ten Little Indians, but in a
cheesy punk rock style. The muddled plot has something
to do with unscrupulous real estate agents buying land
so they can gain control of an island. The plot is
never clearly worked out, as only the gruesome murders
are exploited for cheap entertainment value.
group of young movie people gather on the secluded
Creep Island to make an uplifting youth rock film in
an abandoned school and plan to donate any profits to
aid the island. While rehearsing, on a cassette
player, a rock 'n' roll song, with the lyrics ‘Burn
me, Burn me, Burn me, face to face,’
is repeatedly played describing the novel ways a
mystery killer is knocking off those on the movie set.
The song, "Face to Face," tells of a chainsaw, an axe,
a machete, battery acid and a spear gun that are used.
The cassette tape is left by the killer by the
corpse's side as his calling card and the word 'burn'
is substituted with the means of death employed for
each victim. One musician character (Steven
Tash) is boiled to death in a swimming pool,
another anonymous woman is shot with a rifle in the
face to open the flick, another nail-gunned to death,
a musician (Gary Phillips) gets a spear in the
neck, and a trained dancer (Marie-Alise
Recasner ) takes a fatal battery
acid shower in the nude.
characters to keep tabs on in this messy movie within
a movie are the following: the idiotic pretentious
director Franklin Phlem (Ron Gardner);
the untalented actress the director is boffing, BJ (Bari
Suber), who just inherited a million bucks and
is financially backing part of the movie; an angry,
irritating, womanizing wannabe Brando-like actor
(Ricky Dean), who succumbs to a chainsaw lopping off
his arms and dick; and the producer (Terry Goodman)
and the hateful cook/caretaker (Red
McVay), who get blown up in a boat while
going for help to the mainland.
surprise snuff film ending is welcome. But this is a
rotten film: the directing is uninspiring, the acting
is amateurish, the dialogue pitiful and not one
character is worth caring about.
REVIEWED ON 8/18/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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