Mardi Gras Massacre (1978)

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Directed by: Jack Weis
Written by: Jack Weis

You really get the feeling that the villain’s lines are written in all caps.

This movie is terrible, but it’s also HIGHLY enjoyable. I’m honestly shocked at how much I enjoyed it. The killer is killing the hookers of New Orleans. Well…he’s killing only the “MOST EVIL” hookers of New Orleans. He walks into a bar and asks one of the ladies, “WHO IS THE MOST EVIL OF THE LADIES HERE?” Then he takes this “EVIL” woman back to his weirdly giant apartment with a sacrificial altar staged in back. He then Herschel Gordon Lewis’s them.

And that’s why I enjoyed it. Not just because it had some really inane dialogue and a completely unbelievable relationship between a cop and a prostitute, but also because the murder scenes are straight out of Blood Feast. Someone here said that the filmmakers didn’t have the talent or budget of Lewis, but I totally disagree. Lewis really wasn’t a good filmmaker at all and he made them all for about $3 each. This looked like it was made for about $10 and…well…the director was pretty inept.

It was also filmed during actual Mardi Gras, so it’s kinda cool to see old school Mardi Gras. You know, before it was all about frat boys getting girls to take their tops off.

So if you’re into HG Lewis and the Grand Guignol, definitely check this out. If you’re looking for great filmmaking, don’t bother.

LOW POINT: “AND ONE FORTUNE COOKIE” (Ok. Maybe it’s a high point.)