The Redeemer | Chicago Reader

The Redeemer

A mysterious figure slices six portraits from a high school yearbook, lures the subjects to a phony tenth-anniversary reunion, and offs them one by one as punishment for their biblical infractions (gluttony, vanity, perversion, licentiousness, debauchery, avarice). Released in 1978, this cheapo horror flick appropriates the puritanical zeal of the slasher genre and the themed serial murders of Vincent Price's camp classics The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) and Theater of Blood (1973). But its single most effective element may be its narrative frame, highly reminiscent of The Omen (1976), in which a young boy emerges from the depths of a local lake to inspire the title maniac. Like many 70s exploitation items, the movie is memorable for its regional flavor (it was shot in the little town of Staunton, Virginia) and its primitive, churning synth score. Constantine S. Gochis directed and, like most of the characters, was never heard from again.

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