Hilarious, Haunting Home-Made Horror Hit - with a Hottie!
Movie Lover: J Coogan
Mesa of Lost Women
-- January, 1, 2011
Home-made horror films can be either a joy or a torture, and the best ones are both. BLOODBATH IN THE HOUSE OF KNIVES is one of these, a convoluted roller coaster of a film, with a lot going for it. There are some truly gruesome murders and abundant female nudity, as well as surprisingly spirited performances from a charismatic cast of non-professionals, including super-hottie Anne Reiss as our delicious heroine, and featuring Troma head honcho Lloyd Kaufman, absolutely hilarious as a wise-cracking old lawyer. The film keeps throwing you off guard with about a dozen trick endings that leave your head spinning. Film buffs will recognize knowing references to many a cult classic ? at one point, the heroine even takes time out to watch MESA OF LOST WOMEN, for chrissake! The creepy misc en scene is greatly enhanced by an excellent synth score that really captures the spirit of the grindhouse giallo experience. Hell of a poster, too. Well done.