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RUBY (1977) **

I guess after Piper Laurie made a comeback with Carrie, she figured she’d do another horror film named after a teenage girl with serious supernatural issues. Unfortunately, it’s a hopeless mishmash of Carrie, The Exorcist and Drive-In Massacre. Laurie stars as a drive-in owner whose dead gangster husband possesses her sixteen year old daughter, Ruby. A bunch of sub-Exorcist 3 style shenanigans ensue. There’s a few cool things sprinkled about that makes the movie worthwhile. (Like watching victims end up inside a soda machine that dispenses blood instead of cola.) The skeletal strangulation ending ain’t too shabby either, but the main problem of the movie is that undead gangsters just aren’t scary. Still, any movie that takes place entirely at a drive-in (which shows scenes from Attack of the 50 Foot Woman) can’t be all that bad. At least it had a great tagline: Christened in BLOOD, raised in SIN, she's sweet sixteen, let the party begin! Director Curtis Harrington was also responsible for Devil Dog: Hound of Hell.
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