|The Long Island Cannibal Massacre (1980)|
|Starring:||John Smihula, Fred Borges, and Michael Siegal|
Although it was shot with no budget at all, The Long Island Cannibal Massacre doesn’t really look THAT bad. Not from a technical standpoint at least. Shot on 8mm instead of video, the movie actually looks like a “real” product. Sure, the footage has degraded quite a bit and it’s still obviously extra low budget, but it actually has a legitimate “look” that other similar films did not have. Director Schiff actually crafted his film with a relatively steady hand and he frames his shots fairly well while also telling an intricate plot that belies the campy nature of this movie. Schiff, who begins his movie with a woman having her head cut to bits by a lawnmower, quickly tries to lure his audience into a very dark and mature thriller. With several scenes of talking heads sitting around chatting about the dangers that await our main characters, one could see how an immature filmmaker might fear he was boring his audience. However, I give Schiff credit for sticking his neck out there in order to try and make a “real” movie. Granted, the film does teeter on the brink of boredom on more than a few occasions, but these lulls are brief and Schiff inevitably finds ways to keep his audience entertained.