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Mardi Gras Massacre (1978)

Not Rated | | Horror | 11 August 1978 (USA)
Police try to capture someone who is commiting ritual murders of women during Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

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Jack Weis

Writer:

Jack Weis
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Cast overview:
Curt Dawson Curt Dawson ... Detective Sergeant Frank Abraham
Gwen Arment Gwen Arment ... Sherry
William Metzo William Metzo ... John (as Bill Metzo)
Laura Misch Owens Laura Misch Owens ... Shirley Anderson (as Laura Misch)
Cathryn Lacey Cathryn Lacey ... Dancer with Monk
Nancy Dancer Nancy Dancer ... 19-y-o Dancer
Butch Benit Butch Benit ... Sam the Barman
Wayne Mack Wayne Mack ... Police Captain
Ronald Tanet Ronald Tanet ... Detective Sergeant Mayer
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Police try to capture someone who is commiting ritual murders of women during Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

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Everyone is celebrating nobody hears the screams of the victims for the sacrifice. See more »

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Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emisario del Terror See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The film was listed as one of the DPP's 72 video nasties in the UK and even made the final list of 39 official titles for prosecution. It has yet to receive a UK release. See more »

Quotes

Disco Girl #2: Hi! What are you waiting for? You paid your money.
John: Are you sure you are really evil?
Disco Girl #2: Honey, I'm as evil as you can get.
John: Then, let's not waste any more time...
[takes her to the altar room]
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Alternate Versions

Is available on a Region-Free DVD in the USA, released by 'Videoscreen'. This is the full uncut version See more »

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Featured in Maria's B-Movie Mayhem: Mardi Gras Massacre (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Cosmic Wind
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Performed by The Mike Theodore Orchestra
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Amateurish video nasty with a good quota of laughs
7 July 2007 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

Yet another video nasty. Yet another laugh-riot. Before I actually saw many of the films on the DPP list, I, somewhat misguidedly, thought that they would be shameless atrocities full of shocking violence and depravity. I know better now. A significant number of them are unintentional comedies. And Mardi Gras Massacre is a perfect example.

The story concerns a madman who picks up prostitutes and ritually slaughters them in his bachelor pad. He's pursued by a couple of hopeless cops. The Mardi Gras goes on in the background.

This film is spectacularly badly made. The acting and especially the exposition scenes are of a pornographic standard. Although, the killer, played by an English bloke, is very very amusing. He is fond of overly dramatic pauses, such as 'are you......................evil?'. The dialogue in the movie in general is atrocious in a gloriously stupid way. In fact, so is the editing. Scenes cut into each other suddenly and jarringly but, again, this only adds to the fun. As does the music. It varies from the type of music you would expect to hear in a porno, funky disco, avant-garde noise and the bass-heavy proto-house that accompanies the murders. In other words technically and artistically, this film is a mess, albeit enjoyably so.

The murder scenes are all identical. They're not particularly convincing but nevertheless crude and sleazy; pretty obvious video nasty material. And the aforementioned music that accompanies them is, in fairness, pretty much effective. Less effective but brilliantly rubbish is the love-montage scene where our detective and prozzie stroll around New Orleans - it's an utter cheese-fest of the first order. The cops in these kind of movies are usually pretty ineffective - let's face it, if they did their jobs properly we wouldn't have much of a movie - however, the police in Mardi Gras Massacre are biscuit-taking in their ineptitude. They are absolutely hopeless.

A similar thing could be said of this movie but I'm not going to because I found it way too enjoyable. This is proper Z-Grade film-making. They really don't make them like this any more. There was a peculiar type of slightly out-of-order sleazy-violent horror film that was made in the 70's and early 80's. And this is a good example. It's terrible but good. If you like unintentionally funny bad movies with a dash of sleazy violence then really I have to recommend this to you; to do otherwise would be.................evil.


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