Blood Shack (1971)

(a.k.a. THE CHOOPER)
Article #19 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 4-3-2001
Posting date: 8-17-2001

A woman inherits a ranch with an old house that is haunted by an evil sword-wielding Indian god known as the Chooper, who knocks off anyone who comes near the property.

This is pretty standard low-budget slasher fare, and the ending won’t surprise anyone with a solid grounding in Scooby-Doo mystery solving, but all in all I found it quite watchable. Regular prints of the movie run seventy minutes, but the director’s print runs only sixty, as the distributors felt that the movie was too short and insisted that Ray Dennis Steckler add more footage to make it long enough. I’ve only seen the director’s print, and though it is certainly not a classic, it is a model of efficiency, and I can’t help but admire a little bit at what was done with what must have been a tiny budget.


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