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Berserker (1987)

R | | Horror | July 1987 (USA)
Six young adults in the woods run afoul of a berserker's rage, a viking warrior who dons the skins and snout of a bear, terror of a quick death with no immediate escape in sight, they have no time to run or to pray for death.

Director:

Jefferson Richard (as Jef Richard)

Writers:

Jefferson Richard (as Jef Richard), Joseph Kaufman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joseph Alan Johnson ... Mike
Greg Dawson ... Josh
Valerie Sheldon ... Kathy
Shannon Engemann ... Kristi
Beth Toussaint ... Shelly
Rodney Montague ... Larry
Oscar Rowland ... Homer
Beverly Rowland Beverly Rowland ... Edna
Mike Riley ... Berserker
John F. Goff ... Officer Hill (as John Goff)
George 'Buck' Flower ... Pappy Nyquist
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In the 10th century a viking ship arrives on the North American shore. In present day, somewhere in the woods, a couple of seniors is struck down by a frenzied assailant. The next day, assertive rock music-loving Josh takes his college friends, easy-going Mike, Mike's fun-loving girlfriend Shelly, enthusiastic Kathy, Kathy's unenthusiastic frizzy-haired friend Kristi and bookworm Larry, in his black pickup to a cabin near a creek in the woods where he and his family used to camp. They have fun there until nightfall. Josh becomes nostalgic for the days of his youth he spent there with his folks and unsuccessfully tries to hit on Kristi, Mike and Shelly have fun with each other and Kathy shows subtle interest in Larry. Larry however is more interested in the history of the place, since it's said that vikings from Norway landed in the vicinity 1000 years ago and built the first settlement there. Another story he's curious about is the Nordic myth of the curse of the berserker. Some ...

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It's too late to run. There's no time to scream... Just close your eyes and pray to die. [video cover] See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Trivia

George 'Buck' Flower and John F. Goff improvised a good deal of their dialogue. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 18-rated UK release of this film was cut by 1 minute 4 seconds by the BBFC. See more »

Connections

Spoofs On Golden Pond (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

King H
Written and Performed by Chuck Francour
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Only for the most undemanding horror fans.
15 November 2002 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

The berserkers, we learn, were a special breed of cannibalistic Viking warriors that used to wear bear masks and skins and attack their enemies with a primal rage. The premise of six kids being hunted by one such "creature" in the middle of the woods on a dark night may sound scary, but this film is too much like so many others to make it so. It does feature the requisite amounts of blood and sex, and also more-than-requisite amounts of wandering around, while the persistently ominous score keeps on playing and playing. (*1/2)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Berserker: The Nordic Curse See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA

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Production Co:

American Video Group See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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