“I’m going to get those bastards.”
A retired police officer (Russ Grieve) travelling across the Arizona desert with his wife (Virginia Vincent), kids (Dee Wallace, Susan Lanier, and Robert Houston), son-in-law (Martin Speer), granddaughter (Brenda Marinoff), and two German shepherds suddenly finds his family’s life in danger when they wander off the beaten path and encounter a family of backwoods “atomic-test mutant” cannibals (James Whitworth, Cordy Clark, Lance Gordon, Michael Berryman, Arthur King, and Janus Blythe).
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Horror Films
- Mutant Monsters
- Wes Craven Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary writes that this picture about a “middle-class family from Cleveland” who “must give up civilized notions if they are to live” — has “extreme violence” but “differs from director Wes Craven’s previous film, The Last House on the Left, because this time you never forget that it’s ‘only a movie’.” As he points out this is “a relief, considering what we must watch” — and he adds that while the “film is as vicious as its reputation”, it’s unfortunately “neither well-made nor scary”. It’s notable for featuring “bald Michael Berryman (whose frightening face was used on the film’s posters)”:
… and Dee Wallace in one of her first feature-length film roles.
Other noteworthy performances include Houston as a back-flipping teenager who suddenly finds himself at the head of a posse for survival:
… and Blythe as the only sympathetic cannibal.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
Some effectively terrifying moments
No; you can skip this one unless you’re a Wes Craven fan.
(Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die)