Victims! (1985) (Blu-ray Review)

Victims! (1985) (Blu-ray Review)

Victims! (1985) (Blu-ray Review)

📅28 June 2017, 19:14

Victims! (1985) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Jeff Hathcock
Starring: Ava Kauffman, Robert Axelrod, Lonny Withers
Rated: UR/Region: A/1:33/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available From Olive Films/ Slasher // Video

When four women head out for a weekend in the wild to explore rock formations, little do they imagine the horror that awaits when they’re stalked by two serials killers. What starts out as innocent fun – camping, skinny dipping, and exploring rocks – soon turns into a fight for survival in Victims!. Directed by Jeff Hathcock, Victims!

I want to start out by saying that I think it is great that Slasher // Video and Olive films are releasing these rare and hard to find films and that they are putting them in the best quality format they can. But it does seem a bit of a stretch to have these Beta Masters on a Blu-ray disc when I can’t possibly believe they look any better than they do on the DVD version. I know some just want them on the format and I admit I’d take a Blu-ray over a DVD any day of the week, but there just can’t be any more detail in this release than a DVD. On the extras, the director mentions having a print but apparently he couldn’t be bothered to find it for this release. So, just know, if you get the Blu-ray of Victims you are basically getting a Beta tape rip saved in an HD size and pressed on the Blu-ray disc. Now, with the small rant over, I have to admit that I am happy to see Victims make the jump from obscure VHS to another format just because it makes the movie much easier to see if you are interested in checking it out.

The movie isn’t that bad. It is an odd one, but I’d expect nothing less. The movie opens up with random people being killed before we go to the desert where we see a couple killed by the film’s two main killers. We then get to the thick of the plot with a group of women going to the same desert before being caught up in this strange killer mix before it becomes time for them to fight back, giving us a very odd rape and revenge flick at the heart of things. Victims probably has a better cover than it does a quality but it is something people who dig odd and obscure films will enjoy watching and adding to their collections regardless. It isn’t really well-acted or anything of the sort but it fits into a certain mold of a certain type film that appeals to a certain type of fan. In all honestly, I wasn’t at all disappointed in the film itself because I actually got just what I was expecting to get with it. The extras are also nice, even if the loop of it in HD leaves a lot to be desired.

Extras

– Audio Commentary with Director Jeff Hathcock and Slasher // Video’s Jesus Teran
– Interview with Director Jeff Hathcock
– Photo Gallery
– Trailer

Quality of Transfer: 20%

 

 

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