Unmasked Part 25 (1988) review


Towards the end of the 1980’s the slasher boom was far beyond its last legs, with the Friday the 13th, Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street franchises recording diminishing returns.

Unmasked Part 25 is part slasher, part parody taking some of the tropes of the sub genre and attempting to do something new with them.

On some levels this does work, but tonally the film is all over the place with some creative kills but also a love story between the deformed killer and the final girl, who happens to be blind too.

We begin in familiar slasher territory with the massacre of a group of young friends before we descend into almost soap territory as our killer Jackson attempts to curb his bloodlust and settle down with Shelly.

The most notable callback to more well-known slashers is the fact that Jackson wears a hockey mask whilst killing his victims; much the same as Jason Voorhees.

Where Unmasked Part 25 does shine is in the special effects department though with some fantastic sequences, including faces getting ripped off, an eye being squished and a heart being ripped out of a body.

I discovered afterward that the team behind the effects were also working on Hellbound: Hellraiser II at the time, which also featured some of the best gore of the late 80s.

Not an essential watch and more one for the completists of the slasher film.

Unmasked Part 25 is available now on Blu Ray from Vinegar Syndrome.

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