Title: Red Spirit Lake

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Year: 1993

Genre: Independent / Horror / Splatter

Language: English

Runtime: 69 min

Director: Charles Pinion

Writer: Charles Pinion & Annabel Lee

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0127226/

Marilyn inherits her aunts house and lot after her death. She was killed by a gang who wanted her house, and now that Marilyn owns it they are soon paying her a visit too. Luckily it appears that her aunt was a witch, and her spirit is soon ready for payback.

Our thoughts:
Charles Pinion is often thought of as the younger brother of the Cinema of Transgression movement, and when you watch a movie like "Red Spirit Lake" you understand exactly why. It's done in similar spirit and attitude, and by God this movie even includes a few of the frequent names of the movement in the cast (and soundtrack!). I think it's interesting to see someone carry on the tradition, even though this was during the 90's. That said, it will be even more interesting to watch Charles Pinion's upcoming title "American Mummy". Will it carry on the tradition still, or will we see a different side from this punk filmmaker? My money is on the latter, and I don't mind that at all!

"Red Spirit Lake" has a very familiar story, which I can only guess is intentionally a move to underline the influence of horror. This is, after all, a horror movie. The story follows Marilyn who inherits her aunt's house. Her aunt was killed by the henchmen of someone who wanted her property. Now that Marilyn owns the place, they're back to seal the deal.

Are you watching this for a great story? Not likely, right? Don't worry, this is packed with underground/punk attitude, a ton of sex, violence and cheesy gore. Whether this is genius self-aware filmmaking or not, that's up to each viewer to decide. Personally I'm sure there is stupidity in here that is intentional, and I'm not surprised if they only half-assed some of the things. And that's what makes it all fun to watch, even if it's not fantastic. I mean, this is a Charles Pinion movie, and he doesn't mind throwing bad tasting stuff into your mouth. You have nudity and murder within minutes, and the following 60+ minutes are not slowing down. A severed penis, drug-use and violent fisting is just one piece of this cake.

"Red Spirit Lake" carries the cheapness of SOV horror, but it's quite the surreal movie as well. Lots of trippy scenes and what-the-hell moments makes you seriously question if this might actually be a work of art, rather than a bag of crap. Whichever you go for, I think it's what makes this an above-average SOV horror. And hell, we all want a cheap, cheesy and bizarre sex-splatter-horror now and then. There is an enthusiasm in underground productions like these, and they always manage to have a lasting effect. That's probably why we still hear Pinion's name still today. If you only want to seek out one of his directed films, I'd suggest this one. Simply because I'm a horror fan at heart, and this one fits the bill perfectly.

Positive things:
- Fun cheesiness!
- Surreal and wacko.
- Enough nudity and splatter to keep us entertained!
- People like Richard Kern and Tessa Hughes-Freeland making appearances.
Negative things:
- I can't call this a great movie.
- Could've turned up the crazy even more, just for the hell of it!

Gore: 2.5/5
Nudity: 3/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 1.5/5
Comedy: 2.5/5

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