starring: Deborah Foreman, Clayton Rohner and Lyle Alzado
An interesting little cheese-fest, Destroyer is a simple-titled B-movie that, despite its shortcomings, somehow made itself an interesting title to spend one weekend night renting.
Hardened serial killer of 23 women, Ivan Moser is sentenced to death via electric chair, a fact he pays very little to as he spends every last hour at his supposed execution day fixated at a TV game show. In very moment he is at the chair, though, a short to from electrical system breaks into a fire, leading to an all-out prison riot and the whole place being burned down. Moser was presumed dead from the fire.
Or was he?
Fast forward eighteen months, stunt woman Malone, along with her boyfriend David, a researcher working on Moser's case file, are part of the filming crew working on a low-budget Women-in-Prison flick "Death House Dollies". The film is being shot in the same prison house Moser was electrocuted at and it is directed by some guy played by Psycho's Anthony Perkins.
The filming was going just fine until some people starts disappearing (and dying) behind the camera when it turns out Ivan Moser survived the thousand voltage death chair and was living within the walls of the prison. When half the crew goes out for lunch, Malone was one of the few to come back later and finds creepy messages written for her spelled out in blood and the rest of the crew slaughtered. With an unstoppable powerhouse of a maniac now after her, its only a matter of time before she might end up in Ivan's crummy, bone-breaking hands.
I will admit, the movie is flawed. Released in the late 80s, Destroyer is as tired as a fat kid in a ten yard run with its cast (including Anthony Perkins, who I too have to admit saddens me to see a legend in a low-budget vid like this) running stale characters lacking any real personality and decent lines. They're forgettable personas already lined up for the fire and by the time they die, we hardly cared at all. Besides this, the rest of the movie is really predictable as every aspect of a B-Movie slasher is followed so religiously, there's barely any surprises here.
The film also tried to cook up something unique for their killer but the resulting ingenuity lacked any solid explanation or execution. The box called him a genetic freak, a ploy used to explain the Moser's under-discussed survival under the electric chair but there's barely any scenes making any reference to this. He is simply there, slightly burnt, enjoying his TV whenever he is not killing and we are simply left with that.
All in all, Destroyer isn't a bad film, but it is far from good. It's common enough not disappoint but at the same time, too common to be remembered for anything special. It was a wise choice for the distributors to release this movie straight to video because, let's face it, nothing satisfies more easily than an equally easy rented movie: if the movie you rented is good, you'll have the memory of it stuck on your head forever! If it sucks, at least you don't have the burden of trying to rid a thing no one would buy.
1 male had his neck crushed (dream/flashback)
1 male burned alive with welding torch
1 male jackhammer to the gut
1 female strangled with sash
A number of crew and actresses go missing. Blood seen all over the set.
1 male seen hanged
1 male head found in a copy machine
1 male electrocuted to death in an electric chair
3 males and 1 female found dead
1 male bashed on the head with a rock
1 male immolated
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