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Nightmare Beach
Welcome to Spring Break

USA 1988
produced by
William J.Immerman, Josi W. Konski
directed by Umberto Lenzi (as Harry Kirkpatrick)
starring Nicolas De Toth, Sarah Buxton, John Saxon, Rawley Valverde, Lance LeGault, Michael Parks, Fred Buck, Christina Kier, Buffy Dee, Tony Bolano
story by Umberto Lenzi (as Harry Kirkpatrick), Vittorio Rambaldi, screenplay by Umberto Lenzi (as Harry Kirkpatrick), music by Claudio Simonetti, special makeup effects by Alex Rambaldi, Vittorio Rambaldi

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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When evil biker Diablo (Tony Bolano) is sent to the chair for killing Gail's (Sarah Buxton) sister, he claims to be innocent, but swears to come back ...

Change of scenery: Florida, Spring Break: As so many other highschool students, Skip (Nicolas De Toth) & Ronnie (Rawley Valverde) come to the beach to party like it's 1999 - but while Ronnie tries to pick up girls like nobody's business, Skip , shows his responsible side, drinks only moderately, goes to bed early ... & thus catches the attention of Gail, a waitress in one of the bars they visit, pretty much pissed at the Spring Break crowd.

But of course not everything is as peaceful as it may seem, as a gang of bikers, the Demons, are prowling the town as well - incidently they are Diablo's old gang -, Diablo's corpse disappears from its grave ... & then there's a mysterious biker who electrocutes - could it be Diablo.

Of course the killer soon makes it his business to decimate the Spring Break crowd, & even Ronnie becomes one of his victims - but the mayor (Fred Buck), the coroner (Michael Parks) & cop Stryker (John Saxon) do everything to hush it up, & they even bury Ronnie's body at a remote quarry.

With his friend suddenly gone, it's up to Skip to find him - with the help of Gail, but while he initially only meets with a wall of silence, the killer keeps busy & the thing becomes too big for a complete cover-up.

However, when Skip finally forces the coroner to tell him the whereabouts of his friend  & digs him up, he all of a sudden runs into the arms of Stryker, who runs him out of the city at gunpoint. Skip however does come back, & he & Gail break into Stryker's appartment & find clues for his involvement in the murders, but have to leave due to Stryker coming back before they can find any real evidence. So the come up with a typically stupid plan: Gail cruises the town on her moped to lure the killer into the open, then calls Skip on a shortwave radio so he can come to rescue her (!).

Of course the plan goes haywire when Stryker enters the scene & wants to kill Skip - but then the biker club Demons show up, tie him to one of their motorbikes on a chain & drag him through town (at times, these evil biker clubs do come in pretty handy).

Meanwhile, Gail has to confront the real killer, who turns out to be the local reverend (Lance LeGault) who wants to rid his city/the world of the Sin that is called Spring Break, but fortunately, Skip comes to the rescue, & with the help of a conveniently placed electric wire, the he & Gail electrocute the evil reverend.


Rather stupid slasher movie made in the wake of Friday the 13th & Halloween - though arriving several years late - with the difference that this time ... the killer wears a helmet (hell lot of a difference, is it ?). 

Apart from borrowing from above movies (& the hordes that came in their wake), Nightmare Beach also borrows heavily from Jaws (the seaside location, the authorities trying to hush everything up for the sake of tourism), & thanks to these well-known inspirations (& let's face it, neither of the above mentioned movies was all that original in the first place), this movie here stays totally predictable, not at all helped by most of the actors lacking both charisma & talent - with the exception of John Saxon, who gives his pale character some meat - & a very uninvolved direction.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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