Halloween Horror Fest: Adventures in B-Movies Part 3

This is the next piece of my look through low budget horrors and there are more here from the good ole 1980s.

Devil Rider (1989/1991)

So there’s apparently a bit of a split on when this one came out. Some sites say 1989 and others state 1991. Regardless, it fits that overall era.

“Devil Rider” features Tag Groat as the titular character, a demon immortal cowboy who’s terrorized the American Southwest since seemingly the 1800s. The movie picks up in modern times, though, with Devil Rider attacking a group of friends who’re spending time at a ranch.

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Yee haw.

I could probably forgive “Devil Rider” if it had some memorable kills. In true Wild West fashion, the Rider often kills his victims by way of his six-shooter. Fair enough, but there’s just such little blood and gore, making it a rather lame slasher.

As an 80s B-movie, the movie unsurprisingly features a ton of hammy acting. This is especially true with the guy playing the villain, who chews scenery constantly.

It’s a movie one can laugh at thanks to the acting and premise as a whole, but the flick could’ve pushed boundaries.

1 out of 3 evil cowboys.

Fatal Images (1989)

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You want to talk about low budget? This is low budget. “Fatal Images” is a shot on video horror flick so the quality isn’t top shelf, but this one is alright all things considered.

The movie tells the story of a photographer who’s also a serial killer. In the movie’s opening he commits suicide in front of his camera. The flick then picks up years later and the film’s lead protagonist buys the camera in a pawnshop. Turns out, the killer now haunts the camera and everyone whose photo is taken with that camera die.

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Even with a lower budget, “Fatal Images” has some entertainment value. There are actually some nice horror elements here with well crafted kills put to film. Plus, David Williams and Lane Coyle, the killer and protagonist respectively, put plenty of effort into this.

Unfortunately the movie also suffers very heavily from a lot of useless paranormal babble that went on too long, incoherent story-telling and a poor finale.

1.5 out of 3 scary Polaroids.

Terror Night (1987)

Here’s another movie with some unclear details. The main title is “Terror Night” but it’s also been known as “Bloody Movie.” Either one fits more or less, though.

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The movie follows Lance Hayward, a man once famous for appearing in silent movies back in the day. The movie picks up in the 80s, though, and follows a group of young people breaking into his estate which is going to be sold soon.

However, it turns out Hayward is still around and starts killing them one-by-one, and does so by getting into costumes of the characters he’s played.

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I really like the concept, but not the execution here. One issue is the film opens and ends in ways that don’t really make sense and the situation becomes more confusing than it should be.

Another issue is during each kill, there’s black and white footage from old movies spliced in. In all fairness, when the movie gets into slasher mode in the mansion, it gets kind of fun, and there are actually some really well crafted deaths here.

However, the choppy editing and addition of the old black and white films make it more difficult to enjoy. At the very least the killer’s gimmick make for a variety of murder weapons though.

1.5 out of 3 movie sets.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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