Happy Valentines day horrorfiends! and if your in the mood to watch a obscure..well very oscure little slasher movie involving love then i got one “hidden Horror” that is quite different from the rest of them and sadly very obscure even to Horrorfans. The late 80s British slasher film that takes a hard left turn called “Unmasked Part 25″…no there is no parts 1-24, The title is a spoof of slasher franchises.
on a lonely night in London a trench coat and hockey masked slasher named Jackson butchers several party goers, in the midst of all the killing he runs into a blind girl named shelly who is convinced he is her blind date, Shelly shows compassion towards Jackson and they soon start a relationship. During which Jackson begin to question the point of all his killing while Shelly shows him that life isnt all that bad. Soon Jackson is torn between his love for Shelly and wanting a normal life and his very gruesome killer nature.
Now if your a slasher movie fan and have been craving for something different and unexpected in the slasher genre then this film can be quite the breath of fresh air for you, granted your okay with how the film takes a unexpected left turn. But if your worried it will be like the (throws up in mouth) Twilight movies or the well done Warm Bodies there is no need to worry, there is still plenty of wonderfully fun and gory kills in the movie, actually right in the beginning and a few near the end. The very first death scene we are treated to involves Jackson ripping off a guys face then ripping out his heart! then afterwards we are then treated to throat slashings, heads beat in with shovels, bodies skewered with spikes, and broken light bulbs shoved in mouths coming out the back of the head and this is all in the first 10 minutes of the movie!
But as i mentioned before the movie takes that left turn and we are then treated to how Jackson deals with all his killing and the inner torment of a monster trying to fight against his very nature to have a life with the woman he loves. Not only is there wonderful death scenes and refreshing change of pace for a slasher plot formula but there is even some “Meta” moments to the film with Shelly talking about a slasher film franchise called “Hand of Death” and Jackson telling her that “he is those movies” not to mention a quite funny scene involving shelly trying to get Jackson into some BDSM sex and Jackson just not really getting into it.
Near the ending of the film we are treated to a few more death scenes involving pitchforks to the chest, axes to the chest, necks ripped open, screwdrivers to the forehead, cleavers to the face and a particularly nasty head crushing scene with brains oozing out of one of the eye sockets. But the ending is a bit depressing as Jackson realizes that he cannot fight his nature and is doomed to always kill with Jackson looking upon a movie theater showing the newest film “Hand of Death part 26 Jacksons return”.
So if you want a slasher film involving love and the pursuit of happiness and something a fresh change of pace to the tired old formulas of the slasher genre then seek out the very obscure little British Slasher film “Unmasked part 25”. Youll enjoy how much of a different animal is it, though sadly it is a hard to find movie – James J. Coker