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Nightmare Beach

5.31 h 30 min198918+
Slasher film directed by Umberto Lenzi, master of Italian horror movies. Diablo is a biker gang leader executed for the murder of a young woman. A year after his death, all the fun and glory of Spring Break are about to turn into a living nightmare when a mysterious man in a biker outfit begins to kill people by electrocution. Could it be that Diablo has returned from the dead?
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John SaxonMichael Parks
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4.5 out of 5 stars

188 global ratings

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  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
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Hooper's CigarReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 May 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
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I remember when this puppy was first released and reviewed in my then favourite periodical 'Fangoria' with the much better title ''Welcome to Spring Break'' sporting a VHS video sleeve cover depicting a crazed biker, screaming lady, blazing beach and for whatever reason - some lightning! Hey, it wasn't high art but boy did it get me hooked. Sad to say, its taken me (my goodness) 30 years to finally getting round to watching it but... was it worth the wait? Did the movie live up to its lurid cover? Will I ever grow up and become a proper adult instead of watching endless dreck? I’d like to say ‘Yes!’ to all of these questions, but I guess you already know the answer…

We first meet motorcycle gang leader and all round bad egg Diablo (Tony Bolano) as he’s about to be executed for the murder of a woman. Vowing he will return from the grave, he is sent to the electric chair (Hey! The lightning on the cover! Face palm) and presumed dead and gone, especially by the sister of the victim Gail (Sarah Buxton) - who decides to get on with her life. Until one year later when Spring Break arrives in Miami and with it, a mysterious biker who appears and begins to murder the assorted revellers in suitably ingenious ways (mostly via ‘electrocution’)… Gail, now a bartender is once again embroiled in the action and butting heads with local police chief Strycher (John Saxon) and physician Dr Willet (Michael Parks) who between them know a little more than they are letting on. As the murders increase and the invading partygoers lose their heads left, right and centre - Gail and new beau Skip (Nicolas De Toth) track down the looney-tune biker and unravel the mystery of the murders once and for all… It couldn’t be a resurrected Diablo, after all. Could it..?

Mostly credited to gore hound extraordinaire Umberto Lenzi (‘Eyeball’, ‘Almost Human’) but in reality directed by an uncredited Harry Kirkpatrick, this efficient but highly unoriginal late in the game slasher flick is a well made effort that won’t rock your world, but with its wild Euro-horror vibe and funky murder sequences - does make for an entertaining 90 minutes. The screenplay by Kirkpatrick and Vittorio Rambaldi is an amusingly silly affair (pre-dating that late 80s ‘return from the electric chair slasher subgenre’ subsequently powered along by ‘Wes Craven’s Shocker’, ‘Prison’ and ‘The Horror Show’) with over the top kills and dopey acting. Thankfully, amidst the stock teen leads - generous support is offered in the form of genre heavyweights John Saxon, Michael Parks and Lance LeGault who not only chew the scenery, but spit it back out with equal aplomb. Argento favourite Claudio Simonetti provides a funky synth score and director Kirkpatrick keeps things moving at a quick pace (well, apart from what seems like an hour of footage depicting teens putting sun cream on their abs), ensuring this one adds up to an amusing time, that although won’t worry the makers of ‘Friday the 13th’, does deliver a trashy trip into Euro horror stupidity.

88 Films’ UK blu-ray release sports a great transfer with vibrant audio and is the first time this movie has been released in the UK. Alongside a selection of extra special features including an interview with composer Simonetti, theatrical trailer, alternative 1.33:1 open matte presentation and the usual reversible sleeve options (with the original ‘Welcome to Spring Break’ art), this package is well worth a peek, especially for slasher flick completists. Its not the best movie out there and may test the patience of newer gore hounds, but for those looking to step back into the ‘80s where the world was bright and horror was fun - its worth a pop. Kinda.
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SDXReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 June 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
"..CLASSIC 80'S GEM.."
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After the execution of a motorcycle gang leader convicted of murder, a helmeted biker goes on a killing spree during spring break in Florida.

A cheesy but brilliant slasher from Umberto Lenzi Director of Nightmare City! A classic story of young teens getting drunk having fun and getting killed! revenge never looked so cool, a slasher with a motorcycle killer, and plenty good kills, mostly in the form of electrocution, some decent practical effects and a little blood, the cast is good, a few famous faces like Michael Parks and John Saxon, and not forgetting our beautiful lead lady Sarah Buxton, wow what a stunning girl!! This is certainly one really fun unique gem of a horror and a must for the collection.

Blu-ray looks great in HD from 88Films.
Features just an interview with the composer. trailer.
Region B, Running time 91mins UNCUT. 1989/2018.
Language English and Italian. Subtitles English.
Comes with very cool reversible sleeve with more great retro artwork.
Silly The KidReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 July 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
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Your typical crazy teenage slasher flick... this one being set at Spring Break at the (you'll never guess) beach.

With the most homoerotic biker gang around on the prowl, and a religious freak electrocuting sun-worshippers to death, you'd better stay alert as well as tanned this season!

Featuring dismal acting, killings that are more funny than frightful and the usual gratuitous Wet T-Shirt competitions, the movie is still just about tolerable thanks to the ol' So Bad It's Good cliche.

My favourite moment: All throughout the movie, a practical joker pretends to either be dead or seriously injured to freak out nearby vacationers. Guess what happens to him in the end? Ever heard of the boy who cried wolf? Hee-hee. 4/10
Andy Willey,film historian.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Surprise slasher.
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I have a large collection of movies most of them horror,including almost all of the slasher and video nasty films so I was surprised that this one really was an entertaining movie.
The premise or plot informed me that this was just another slasher come jump scare journey in fact I enjoyed every moment of it,and yes your figure out who the killer is long before the end but what the heck it was totally watchable throughout,even the deaths are gory for a 15 rated movie,do not take my word for it check it out you might be surprised.
BottleBriggsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 December 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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80s and cheesy, absolute classic for collectors
slashthroatReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 November 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
88 films great as always!
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Another great release of 80's slasher from Lenzi!
Kenneth barkerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 June 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome Movie.
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1st Class.
Jonathan MouldReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 May 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great film
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So good
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