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BLOOD SONG (1982) ***

Frankie (Beach Blanket Bingo) Avalon stars as a flute playing psycho hatchet murderer who escapes from the asylum and starts hacking people up.  Donna (Angel) Wilkes is a leg brace wearing teenager whose life was saved by a blood transfusion from… you guessed it, Crazy Frankie.  Now that Donna has some of Frankie’s blood flowing through her veins, that means she has a psychic link to him and can see him murder people in her “dreams”.  Predictably, he comes after her too, which means she’s going to have to lose those leg braces and run like Forrest Gump if she wants to survive.


Blood Song features a really cool score that’s just about as schizophrenic as Avalon is.  At times it sounds like Halloween, other times it sounds like Jaws, and sometimes it’s reminiscent of Friday the 13th.  That’s okay though because it still pretty effective, despite its unoriginality.  The only complaint I had with the music was the thoroughly hideous love song, “All in Your Mind” by Lainie Kazan that plays while Wilkes is taking a thoughtful stroll in the woods. 


As much as I enjoyed this flick, I have to admit that it dropped the ball on a couple occasions.  The most obvious shortcoming was the finale.  Sure, the Final Girl scene where Frankie chases Donna through the sawmill was intense, but why do you need the scene where Frankie turns on the log splitting machine if no one’s going to be pushed into it and get turned into human sawdust?  Another thing that cheesed me off about this movie was that Donna kept saying she had “dreams” about Frankie but they were really more like “visions” because she was clearly awake when she was having them. 


That’s okay though because if you are like me and you hear the words, “Frankie Avalon stars as a flute playing psycho hatchet murderer” that will be all you need to know about this movie.  Blood Song contains enough scenes of Frankie Avalon playing a flute before chopping up people with a hatchet to make it a winner.  He even mows down somebody with a forklift just for the Hell of it too.  Frankie is excellent as the demented killer and really sinks his teeth into the role.  He actually manages to be kinda creepy in this film, especially during the scenes where he’s required to use a little boy voice. 


I wonder what Annette thinks about this flick.


AKA:  Dream Slayer.

Tags: b, horror
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