Title: Spine

Also known as:

Year: 1986

Genre: Horror / Slasher

Language: English

Runtime: 72 min

Director: John Howard, Justin Simmonds

Writer: John Howard, Justin Simmonds

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165960/

It's 1986, a maniac is on the loose, bounding and killing any woman who is foolish enough to be a nurse in the Los Angeles area. The police have no leads, other than the fact that the killer specifically targets the spine of his victims.

Our thoughts:
Continuing on my quest to find a good shot-on-video horror movie...Well, that's almost an oxymoron, isn't it? Anyways, I got my grubby hands on this little gem called, "Spine". With a title like that, my imagination was already running wild with ideas of what is going to go down in the flick. Maybe a killer going around collecting spines, yeah, and the movie is going to contain disgustingly graphic gore scenes of the killer removing the spines. Oh fuck yeah, that's what I'm talking about! Of course, this is nothing more than delusions of grandeur, after all, it is a SOV flick.

One of the odd things about this movie is the fact that, other than getting to watch our madman kill one of his victims right from the start. We aren't actually given our main characters until about 30 minutes into the movie, which really doesn't matter anyways, because I could give a damn about what happens to them. Can't imagine I'm alone on this, not because of the poor acting skills by the actresses, which in all honesty isn't all that bad. Sure, its not good but I've seen worse. No, there just isn't any reason to care, it is if they forgot they needed to have a victim (in this case, victims) be the main focus of the movie, and just randomly chose these two women. Of course one them is a nurse and it just so happens its her friends and fellow nurses who are being tortured and killed. At one point, she inevitably saves one of her friends from the hands of the killer and soon becomes the next target.

Now, this movie isn't too terrible, but at times the way things play out seems to stem from convenience rather than logic or just good old fashioned writing. Even so, I will admit that in terms of story and execution, it is actually decent, especially when compared to other movies like "Gore-met: Zombie Chef From Hel". Though if you are looking for blood, gore and a high kill count, you'll be sadly disappointed. The movie kicks off with a kill, and we get a couple more in the middle, but the movie is really building up for the finale of our heroines being in the clutches of the killer. At this point though, the movie throws us a curve ball and soon we have a plot twist, which inevitably makes this movie nothing more than a cock tease. Unfortunately they are not the first movie to use a twist like this, and certainly won't be the last. For me, I don't think it gets much worse when a horror movie pulls a stunt like this, and in essence, nullifies everything we have been watching up to this point.

I maybe giving the impression that this movie is bad, but in the end, it's really not. I found it to be much more enjoyable when compared to other movies like, "Sledgehammer", "Gore-met", or even "Cannibal Campout". Sure it's a flawed movie, and the ending kind of takes the piss out of the whole thing, but it's a movie I'd recommend to someone who is brave enough to venture into SOV territory.

Positive things:
- Decent enough story and execution.
- The killer himself, isn't too bad. Even if he wears a pink shirt.
Negative things:
- Pretty sparse on the blood.
- A twist ending, that just tosses the time that has been invested by the viewers right out the window.

Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 0.5/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 1/5

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