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1983 - 82m.

Morbid opening slasher flick has a young boy accidently shooting his mother to death when cleaning his dad's shotguns as a birthday present. Flash forward to years later for a routine set-up that has the now college aged boy taking a bunch of his friends to close up the father's beach condo only for them to start getting killed by the dad who's quite nutty and hiding out in a room located in the garage.

Despite the fact the deaths are pretty tame (in fact a lot of them feel edited down) this manages to be a watchable time that's better than a lot of the 80's slashers that glutted the market in the wake of Friday The 13th. There's an alright head decapitation, the "workbench" moment is decent and there's one cool tagline on the video box: "By pick, by axe, by sword, bye bye!". Nothing overly brilliant but there's something about it that entertains.

Review based on unrated version (though I'm positive there's a gorier version out there). (Chris Hartley, 3/5/04)

Directed By: Buddy Cooper, John Douglass.
Written By: Buddy Cooper.

Starring: Matt Mitler, Ruth Martinez, Bill Hitchcock, Connie Rogers.

aka: Fall Break.