Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Deadly Games - Review - @BrandonCSites / #Horror

Deadly Games (1982) ***
D: Scott Mansfield
C: Sam Groom, Steve Railsback, Jo Ann Harris, Dick Butkus, Colleen Camp, June Lockhart
P: A killer chooses his victims based on the outcome of a board game. A young woman, whose sister was a victim, returns home to try and solve it, but becomes involved with two Vietnam vets, one of whom may be the killer. 

REVIEW: A competently made, well cast slasher with good performances all around and surprisingly well drawn characterizations. The dialogue in particular stands out. Pretty tame stuff by the genre's standards (yes, it was tame even in 1982), but it still achieves a solid amount of suspense and it has a way of keeping you guessing as to what is going to happen next. Deadly Games is a slasher that probably won’t please slasher fans as the film places more of an emphasis on elements of mystery over gory killings. 

In the early 80’s, most of the slasher films that came out resembled one another. So it’s refreshing to watch a film like this, that tries to do something different. Deadly Games is well written with an intriguing premise that has many subtleties to it that invite repeat viewings to try and catch and pick up on everything. Working within the confines of the genre with a talented cast, Deadly Games is smarter and more then original then most. AKA The Eliminator [R] 91 mins.

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