A Pretty Good, But Dated Horror Movie
Graboidz | Westminster, Maryland | 09/07/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I remember seeing "Scalps" years ago, but it was one of those infamous, chopped up versions, so I was pretty excited to see a restored version released on DVD. No, this isn't nearly the bloodfest that "Evil Dead" is, but considering it's time of release, "Scalps" was a pretty hardcore horror film. And there really wasn't a complete copy on video. Despite what some other reviewers say, this is still basically an 80's slasher, and that is a good thing, and that is probably what you want considering your reading reviews on "Scalps". The gore effects are pretty good, and the acting and story are pretty good too. "Scalps" has it's tense or scary moments. Overall I would recommend you add this to your horror collection if you are a fan of 80's horror. The only reason I would deduct any points from "Scalps" is that the movie desperately needs to smooth out the rough edges. Scenes will jump-cut to the next scene jarringly, and with the restoration and adding censored scenes in, it's obvious where the master print was played with. Still, "Scalps" is a cool little movie."
"Its From Hell!!!!!"
Sir Jub-Jub | Sir Jub-Jub's Lair, Alaska | 04/17/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The packaging of Fred Olen Ray's "Scalps" leads one to believe that it has been banned virtually everywhere and is usually only seen in highly censored versions. I doubt this is a true statement and comparisons with "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" are unfounded. If you do not watch the film expecting it to be some sort of forbidden fruit of graphic gore and unrelenting horror you will probably enjoy it. The setting is a familiar one to those who know horror; a group of young people end up stranded in a remote area and stumble upon an ages old curse that engulfs them all. The acting is terrible and the film does not ever betray its low budget roots. The one amazing thing about the film is an extremely brutal throat slashing sequence that might be one of the "best" ever. This scene alone makes the film worth watching as well as cameos by Forrest Ackerman, Carrol Borland and a general revisiting of early eighties horror. I especially enjoyed the virtual immediate "freak out" of one of the group who resorts to some priceless dialouge during a scene when they hear ghostly drumming. (Its from hell). The DVD transfer is barely acceptable and there is even a disclaimer stating that it was culled from many different sources to present the most complete version possible. What is odd is that I am not clear as to why this was needed as there is nothing in the film that would indicate the need for massive censorship. My thought is that the film was basically "lost" and it was pieced together from whatever footage they could find. Anyway, while I seem fairly negative about this movie, I did enjoy revisiting "Scalps" and would recommend it to slasher movie completists."
jerrybradford21 | Georgia | 05/28/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Scalps was a highly ambitious low budget horror flick that should be in everyones horror collection. The story is well written and proves as an interesting spin on the slasher flick. Instead of making the evil killer a crazed lunatic like in most of your horror films from this time frame(the early eighties) it uses a evil native native american spirit as its vehicle for massacre. I think this makes it scarier than most of the traditional slasher films. The movie is filled with gorey and darkly frightning scenes. The only problem I had with the movie was the sometimes inappropriate lighting it used during some of the nightly killing scenes. It seems to be daytime sometimes in the middle of the night??? And also some of the acting is sub par but an the whole is pretty decent. I really like some of the slow motion chase scenes near the middle of the movie and also the hauting indian face that flashes in the fire and through out the film. Chilling!!!.......Jerry"
"HALPS" for your going to need it if you watch this!
CLINT BRONSON | las vegas,NV. | 10/09/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Oooooof! Where do I start? If you are a lover of the film SCALPS then you will be happy to know that this DVD is shown in wide screen format
and uncut(unlike the VHS copy I use to own)and has audio commentary from the makers as well as a trailer. That being said this is a very BAD movie but!!! If you enjoy movies like Plan 9 and The Manitou(which was good) then I believe you will enjoy this movie. A stalker is possessed by a ancient Indian demon and "SCALPS" as well as stabs his victims. This has some of the worst acting I have ever seen in a film(and friends I have seen a lot) seriously the acting in this made the actors in CANNIBAL FEROX look like THE GODFATHER. Still it does however bad it is have its moments. The possessed killer does look FREAKISH in a Linda REAGAN Blair sort of way and has cameos from Kirk(SUPERMAN)Alyn-Carol(Mark of the Vampire)Borland and the biggest CLASSIC MONSTERS fan of them all J.(No not you J.from Amazon)J. Forrest Ackerman. If so bad why 3 stars? Because this is great in a M.S.T.3000 sort of way, I mean we have a fight scene where the guy kicks the face of another but in no way does his foot even come close to the head yet still we hear a big "WHAP" and their is lots of BLOOD!!! Had to laugh for their is a scene with a actor who is dead and has blood all over him but yet you can still see him breathing??????????? Anyway buy SCALPS! Yes its bad...But in a good way"