Title: Mardi Gras Massacre

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Year: 1978

Genre: Horror / Slasher

Language: English

Runtime: 97 min

Director: Jack Weis

Writer: Jack Weis

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077912/

New Orleans is getting ready for the biggest event of the year, Mardi Gras. A damper is put on the event when a psycho is killing strippers and hookers in a ritualistic fashion by removing their hearts. With very little in the way of clues and the body count rising, its up to two detectives to find the killer before the Mardi Gras celebration.

Our thoughts:
In the never-ending supply of obscure slashers, "Mardi Gras Massacre" came recommended to me as one to check out, and since I had nothing better to do, I did. Which turned out to be an interesting viewing experience, as "Mardi Gras Massacre" is a movie that is a lot of things, but being a good movie isn't one of them. One thing I noticed is that many people call it a rip-off of the classic H.G. Lewis film, "Blood Fest", and quite frankly, they're right. Maybe calling it an outright rip-off maybe a bit on the harsh side, but it's very easy to see where the idea for the movie came from and the obvious Lewis influence in general. Although it's not the only movie to takes notes from Lewis or "Blood Feast" so I'm not really going to penalize the movie for it. However, I am more than willing to call out the elephant in the room, just cause that's how I roll.

With that being said, there isn't much to the story if you've seen "Blood Feast". A man goes around the smut filled world of New Orleans, looking for "evil" hookers to sacrifice to his evil god. One problem though, they never bother to explain why. The movie immediately starts off with our nutty-killer in a whore house buying one of his evil hookers that will be sacrificed. Sure, I appreciate it, sometimes, when a horror movie is willing to cut through the bullshit and get right to the blood shed. Though a bit of explanation, even if it's stupid or ridiculous, doesn't hurt. It's not explained anywhere in the movie how he came to have the statue of his god, what his god is, or what he has to gain from killing all these women. So if you're one of those folks who enjoys using your imagination, well here's your chance. Speaking of lack of explanation, do you want to know how our killer knows the women he kills are evil? He asks. Yeah. That's it. He simply asks them, "Are you evil?" or if he's talking to the pimp or madam, "Who's your most evil girl?" Their response, "Honey, I'm as evil as they come." I'm just guessing here, but I'm starting to think Jack Weis really doesn't like to get into details, just cut through the crap and get to what's important. In the case of "Mardi Gras Massacre", that would be the nudity and the death scenes.

If you're looking for a horror movie with a respectable amount of nudity or women wearing next to nothing, then "Mardi Gras Massacre" will definitely please. For the death scenes though, it did something that I really haven't seen before in a horror movie. Not that I can recall anyway. Every woman that is killed, is killed the exact same way. He straps them to a table, stabs their right hand, stabs their left foot, then cuts them open from the stomach to their chest and removes their heart. Given the context of why these women are being killed, it makes sense, but all the same, it was still surprising to see. I mean, yes, people have died similarly in horror movies especially if it's a slasher, but to have them die the exact same way every time was something new. One side of me makes me want to hate the movie for it; another side finds it rather amusing and a pretty gutsy thing to do.

Clearly this movie isn't going to win anybody over with it's stellar acting, compelling storyline, and engaging characters though I will say the two lead detectives in the movie provide plenty of intentional and unintentional humor, through out the movie.) Nope. Instead "Mardi Gras Massacre" is a movie that will entertain the viewer with cheap thrills from the nudity and the gore, and fill in the rest of the time with laughter from being such a bad movie. Even people who like the movie admit that it's pretty bad, but it's just one of those movies that happen to be bad enough that they're good. Well, maybe not good, but amusing and entertaining.

Positive things:
- The ending.
- Decent amount of nudity and blood.
- Any horror movie that is willing to have every death scene be the exactly the same, has some serious balls.
- Hilarious dialogue, most notably with the two lead detectives.
- An amusing moment during one of the sacrifices where the "killer" ends up chasing around the heart in the prop body for removal. The person tries to do it subtle, but instead just makes it more obvious.
Negative things:
- The ending.
- Some really bad editing.
- Just about anything in "Mardi Gras Massacre" could be considered a negative aspect, because it's not a good movie.

Gore: 3/5
Nudity: 3/5
Story: 1/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 2/5

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