Ahead of its bells and whistles release from Arrow Video, I got the chance to see late 80’s slasher Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge.
Given its time of release this isn’t one of the main slashers people mention when it comes to talking about the best of the golden decade of the 1980s. However, with a reappraisal surely just around the corner Eric’s Revenge definitely deserves its day in the sun.
With a bunch of creative kills, some excellent practical effects and great stuntwork, this is a different type of slasher with almost an anti-hero alongside a regular motif of corporate greed.
The cast is also packed with recognisable faces including Derek Rydall (Popcorn), Tom Fridley (Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives), Gregory Scott Cummins (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Morgan Fairchild (Friends) and Rob Estes (Melrose Place).
Eric who is quite hideous to look at appears on the outset to be a regular disgruntled killer hiding in the air ducts of the mall but a side plot quickly develops about his now ex-girlfriend who is working at the mall and was almost killed in the fire that had appeared to kill Eric.
Eric is now back and the bodies are piling up, but what is his endgame?
The pacing is excellent with no real filler and plenty of action and gore plus even some kung fu fighting!
The Arrow release will apparently house 3 different versions of the film, so it will be interesting to see how different they are.
Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge is released on Blu Ray by Arrow Video on 22nd November 2021.