Thursday, 19 July 2012

DVD review: 555 (Video 1988)

A hippie killer with a sex-fueled, murderous bloodlust is on a rampage and he´s brutally murdering innocent young couples! A nationwide trend of killings with the same m.o. happens to catch the eyes of Detective Haller and Sergeant Connor. Every five yers, within five days of each other, the killer strikes! Now it´s up to Haller and Connor to find out who is behind the grisly murders. Who is this crazed, blood thirsty hippie? And more importantly, what is the significance of the third "five"? 555 is written by Roy Koz and directed by Wally Koz. The acting is just horrible, it was made on a very low budget, evident in the cheap sets and many other ways when you watch it. The camerawork and editing is barely decent and some scenes are pretty dark but that could be due to the sourcematerial for the DVD. Zero atmosphere and no tension at all. It´s brutal and gory but most of the gore looks very fake, in one scene the blood appears to be purple, but there are a few exceptions and the highight is a decapitation by machete which is very well made and is pictured on the DVD cover. All the fx is practical. There is gratuitous nudity, some very dull soft-core sex scenes and there is necrophilia as the killers m.o. is to decapitate the man and brutally knife the woman to death. After this, he proceeds to rape the dead corpse.
This review is based upon the region 1 DVD release from Massacre Video.
Rating: 1 out of 7. 555 gets points for being such a gory and sleazy little flick and for playing it straight (running time 80 minutes) but it´s also badly made and the acting is just horrid. It´s a pretty bad movie but it is cool to own it and to have seen it. 


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