THE WIND (1986)
Article 4754 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Nico Mastorakis
Featuring Meg Foster, Wings Hauser, David McCallum
What it is: Psycho killer movie
A woman writer on an isolated island is threatened by a homicidal madman.
I love the Greek scenery that provides the backdrop for the movie. I also think the idea of a malevolent wind to be an effectively atmospheric idea. I just wish these elements weren’t tied to the tired old “woman threatened by psychopath” plot that I’ve seen umpteen times already. It’s also marred by a clunky and sometimes muddled script, a tendency to ham-handedness (both in the dialogue and the way the musical score is used) and a reiteration of many the usual psycho-killer and slasher cliches. In the end, I wish the movie had gone with a completely different storyline; the wind concept would have much more effective if the horror element wasn’t as mundane as the one we get here.