Title: Blades

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Year: 1989

Genre: Horror / Comedy

Language: English

Runtime: 101 min

Director: Thomas R. Rondinella

Writer: Thomas R. Rondinella, John P. Finnegan & William R. Pace

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096936/

Right in time for a big golf tournament, dead people are found here and these over the course. Everyone is wondering, "Who is the killer?" People are in shock when the killer is revealed to be a lawn mower.

Our thoughts:
A lot of movies came out of the success of "Jaws". I always thought it was weird that a film like "Grizzly" came out of that. But "Blades" tops it by a shitload, as it's a lawn mower killer flick that somehow manages to rip it off. That's fucking amazing, don't you think? There have been films with lawn mowers included in the story somehow, stuff like "The Lawnmower Man" or maybe even more accurate, "Torro, Torro, Torro!", the short by the "Evil Dead" guys. But even that one does it more as a lawn mower that just doesn't stop, instead of an actual lawn mower killer. "Blades" takes more from the Stephen King stories of living machines, but does it as if it's "Jaws". It's all just very confusing to my fragile little mind!

To begin with I wasn't sure what this film had to offer. It actually took me quite a while before I understood really how silly it wanted to be, and the "Jaws".. spoofs (I think that's what they were.. maybe) became a lot more obvious later on. The story was just very generic from the start - people die on a gold course. It's nothing more than that. We follow some people and they try to figure out who is killing the golfers. Wrong dude is blamed at first, but something's not right, as you would expect. We, the audience, always know it's a lawn mower, but the concept doesn't get as absurd as it should until the end where we have them throw out hay with balloons tied to it to lure it out. Yes, this is copying "Jaws" where they attach the floating barrels on the shark to see where it is. Except now they attach balloons on a lawn mower. To see it. On land. Nevermind the noises a lawn mower makes to reveal where it is. Yeah, it's pretty fucking awesome really.

That scenario is just one of many that are straight from "Jaws", of course. We have them drive around in a van on the golf course instead of a boat in the sea, and a lot of scenes on the van are copied. Small stuff like them sitting in the van at night, drinking and talking, but also obviously ripped off music and POV scenes. There's a scene where they catch the wrong lawn mower (yeah). And the lead character has to cut open the sack to see if he actually ate any humans. Familiar? No? Okay, you haven't seen enough movies. I would even go so far as to say that the poster art rips it off, even if it's not apparent unless you think about it: lawn mower attacking woman from below/under. This is the best "Jaws" rip-off I have seen. Not because it's the best movie, but the most fucked up way of using the "Jaws" set-up.

One major negative with this film, I have to say, are the effects. They're not only very lacking, but when we see them they are just boring and shitty. Not even enough of an effect to call them bad effects. Imagine how much awesomeness could come out of a lawn mower running over people? Now throw away those awesome thoughts of slaughtered people and blood everywhere, because that's not the case at all here. A shame, really. But it doesn't make the film less entertaining, at least.

The movie is quote obviously going the silly route, but it also takes itself serious enough for you to question if this was intentionally fucked or just a very crazy concept that came out that way. It could've been dosed in silly jokes everywhere, but I quite liked that the silliness came from how absurd it all became. I was more than fine with that. But sure, there are a few moments that are clearly just pure comedy to underline that it's a joke. Overall it works well this way. It definitely beats being extremely over-the-top stupid in a way that puts my face into my palm.

The director of "Blades" must've been either extremely clever or extremely stupid when he made the film. The concept isn't all that crazy, we've certainly seen weirder killers than a lawn mower. But when the concept is turned into a "Jaws" spoor or rip-off (either works, really), it's just insanely perfect. It was all I needed for this film to become 100 fun minutes. It starts out pretty silly but boring, but after a while we've accepted the nonsense and just go with it. I don't think this is a must-see, but if you are going for some Troma shopping and this is missing from your collection then I don't see a reason to skip it if you want your films to be fun and stupid.

Positive things:
- Deserves a "Jaws" rip-off award!
- It's just fun, and I think the filmmakers knew it.
Negative things:
- Poor effects.
- Doesn't really have that much more to offer than being a fun film.

Gore: 1/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 1.5/5
Comedy: 2/5

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