Scalps ★★★★

It's startling how well this no-budget piece of shit manages to capture the doom-laden vibes of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Evil Dead when so many other movies have tried so hard to do that and failed. And yet, a lot of it is reminiscent of 1967's cheesy post-surf monster movie Equinox. Presumably it's supposed to be a rip-off of The Hills Have Eyes, but it's so, so, so much better.

But I can't help but worry that the juxtaposition between the rough visuals and dialogue recording compared to the crystal-clear, digitally-remastered score gives Scalps a wonky edge that it probably didn't originally have, and doesn't really deserve.

But that's the only way I've ever watched this film, and besides, it seems like a film that was rescued in post-production anyway, what with all the scary inserts that don't match up with what's happening in the otherwise uneventful first hour.

It's amazing really, it's like looking at a film through magic glasses where you can see how awful the original footage is, yet the overall effect is weirdly beautiful.

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