I had seen this flick advertised numerous times way back in the day…Had to be in the early 1990s or so when I would see its advertisement in some of the horror rags of the era. Interesting that the director, Tim Ritter, would be only twenty-one-years old at the time and shoot the whole thing on video.
The plot revolves around a whack job mechanic who thinks that his wife is screwing around. He then kills these suspected men with various power tools…Problem is, the victims comeback as zombies.
For some reason, Killing Spree did become popular in some horror circles. I’m guessing it was probably due to the over-the-top gore and the sexy photo still of lead actress Courtney Lercara.
“KILLING SPREE is a very dark comedy,” Ritter would state in an interview with Spookdujor. “In the vein of John Waters early movies. As a matter of fact, if you watch Waters’ SERIAL MOM, it plays out very much like KILLING SPREE in many ways, although without the extreme gore! I was astounded at that when I saw SERIAL MOM in the theater! But I think we were both (he and star Asbestos Felt) coming from an extreme love for the genre- with the early works of H.G. Lewis, Russ Meyer, Ray Dennis Steckler, all the very early ’60’s and ’70’s grindhouse guys. That’s what we were saluting in the 80’s, because it was all so recent!”
Killing Spree does have that shot-on-video aesthetic of the late 1980s. If you’re nostalgic for such a thing, well, you’d be the first person on earth with that kind of nostalgia. Congratulations 🙂
Meanwhile, check out our own exploitation thriller in THE LIONESS…