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Blood Shack1971

  • 2.5
An old abandoned ranch is possessed by an ancient sword-slashing indian spirit known as "the chooper", and threatens to slaughter any intruder who dares trespass the threshold of the cursed backwoods abode. A beautiful young woman (Carolyn Brandt) inherits the 150-year old decrepit estate and is warned by the locals about the slew of mysterious slayings at the hands of the legendary chooper. Skeptical about the folklore, the strong-willed new owner promptly moves in, slips into a white mini-skirt and go-go boots and sets out to explore her dilapidated property. Will she survive an encounter with the blade brandishing, screaming chooper or fend off the leering advances of the toothless male farmhands? Will she live to take more showers and prance around the new homestead in her favorite tight jeans? Not if the wrathful chooper has his way!

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No budget? No script? No actors? No problem! This is a Ray Dennis Steckler production!

There’s not much to see here, but one aspect of Steckler’s films that make them endearing is watching Steckler try to make something out of nothing. In this case, it’s a deserted ranch somewhere in the California desert (two years after Manson, deserted ranches seem extra creepy).

Steckler manages to capture a sense of foreboding desolation in a few scenes. He makes it look pretty dang empty, bleak, and weird out there in a way that seems capture the essence of America in 1971. You almost expect to see Barry Newman and his Dodge Challenger from “Vanishing Point” to go zooming by. Ultimately, Steckler couldn’t pull this one together, and his legend of the Chooper never leaves the ranch.

Steckler stalwart Ron Haydock makes one of his final appearances here. If you’ve made it to to the end, stay for the final moments of the closing credits to hear Haydock sing the ballad of the Chooper. You just never know what you’re going to get in a Ray Dennis Steckler film.

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This movie is an example of what can be done with an EXTREMELY small budget, but with unfortunately poor writing. It could've been good, but the little bit of potential was marred by implausible dialog and situations. The best actors were the two little girls and their pony.

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