Director – Tim Ritter
Cast – Asbestos Felt, Courtney Lercara, Raymond Carbone, Bruce Paquette, Joel D. Wynkoop, Kieran Turner, Alan Brown, Rachel Rutz, Cloe Pavel, Mel Pitler
Release Year – 1987
Reviewed by John of the Dead
Once again, I came across a completely random horror film that I had never heard of, but based on the plot alone decided “What the hell?” and gave this one a watch. While Killing Spree may not be everyone’s cup of tea due to its low-budget, it does come with some fun qualities that made this a pretty OK watch.
In this one we follow Asbestos Felt(yes, that is his name) as Tom Russo, a hard working man who’s struggling company delivers a massive pay cut to all of its employees. To make matters worse, Tom discovers a secret journal kept by his beautiful wife Leeza, a journal with information not meant for Tom’s eyes. The journal details each and every time she has made sweet love or had dirty sex with a man other than her husband, including the electrician, the mailman, and even Tom’s best friend. The diary, coupled with Tom’s financial issues, sends him over the edge and he embarks on a blood soaked killing spree of all the men who have slept with his wife.
You all should know by now that I am HUGE on revenge elements in horror, so naturally this film’s revenge element is what lead me to give this one a chance. Thankfully, the revenge element is also the best thing going on in this flick. We can all feel the stress and embarassment the hard-working Tom Russo must feel when his company heavily docks his pay, and it shows with his perception of his dear wife who he wishes to not work due to his own pride. Furthermore, we can imagine the shock when he learns that his “dear” wife has been sleeping with other men, IN HIS HOME. The following events involve Tom setting up the murders of those who have brought sin to his home and his marriage, and the occur in awesome fashion. I was really surprised at the quality of the gore in this flick simply because of how low-budget this watch is, but it seems writer/director Tim Ritter knew that he could pull off a low-budget flick as long as his kills were great, and he did just that.
Just when I thought that this flick couldn’t be any cooler(the film being a worthwhile watch had already exceeded my expectations) we actually get a pretty sweet zombie element thrown in as well, one that I DID NOT see coming. The climax of the film is where the real zombie chaos ensues, and for a low-budget flick I actually thought that this one came with a pretty solid ending, including a very gratifying end-scene. There really is not much more to say about this flick because in all honesty, it sucks. BUT, this is the kind of “sucks” that if you know what you are looking for then you should find this an OK watch and not waste of time. Just remember to heed the words of Tom Russo…”You screw my wife, I screwdrive your head!”.
Overall, this is a better-than-expected low-budget flick that delivers a sweet revenge theme, and some awesome kills to go with it. Plus, we even get some zombie action thrown in. If you know what you are getting yourself into then give this one a watch, if not then I suggest you skip this one.