Blood Hook (1986)

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During a local fishing contest, people are being mysteriously dragged into the lake and killed by a giant fish hook. After a sufficient number of deaths, the killer is finally revealed.

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19 May 2018 | Michael_Elliott
Some Interesting Ideas But Way Too Long
Blood Hook (1986)

** (out of 4)

A small town in Wisconsin is having their annual fishing contest, which draws people from all over the country. A group of young adults plan on having some fun but before long they notice several people are going missing. It turns out that a mysterious person is using a fishing hook to kill people.

BLOOD HOOK is a film that got released by Troma and it turned into a pretty big hit on VHS. The film is a send up of the slasher genre, although it doesn't go too far over-the-top in regards to laughs. It's easy to see why the film would gain a cult following but I must say that I had a few too many issues with it that prevented me from enjoying it more.

I will say that I really enjoyed Jim Mallon's direction and I thought he did a very good job at building up the atmosphere of this small town. I also liked the look of this small town, the wooded area and the lake itself becomes its own character and a good one. I'd also argue that there are a few creative moments in regards to some of the death scenes and I liked the "fishing" nature of the murders.

With that being said, this thing clocks in at a whopping 111-minutes, which is a good forty-minutes too long. I really don't understand why this thing lasted so long and especially since there are so many scenes that just run on and on and on. There are so many characters here and many of them are given a lot of screentime for no real purpose. I really thought the film and its style would have worked a lot better with a 70 or 80-minute running time.

I also thought the majority of the characters were mildly interesting but just not enough to warrant the time. The death scenes are good for what they are but there weren't enough in that long running time. BLOOD HOOK had enough interesting moments to make it worth sitting through to this rabid horror fan but I think most people will be completely bored by it.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The giant fishing lures that the killer uses were made of styrofoam and the hooks were nylon.


Quotes

Young Peter: What's that?
Grandfather: Well son, that's a tape recorder. When this goes around like that, there's music on the tape, and the music plays, and that's what you hear. I can make it go really fast.
Grandfather: Like that.


Goofs

When the sheriff opens his car door during the final scene of the film the reflection of a blonde crew member can be seen in the door's rear view mirror.


Crazy Credits

The D in the title card "Blood Hook" rushes at the screen to fill it with blood red color; the title is the only credit that appears in color, dissolving to red as it looms on screen.


Alternate Versions

The Troma DVD release of Blood Hook is a heavily edited version of the film. Nearly 30 minutes of scenes are cut from the original film. The cuts scenes are: -spoilers herein*

  • The scene where Peter explains to everyone how he's inherited his grandfather's house now that he's 21.
  • A sequence where Denny Dobyns challenges Peter to a line-casting contest, only for Peter to cast his line into a fisherman's coffee cup.
  • The scene where our teen characters walk into the giant fiberglass muskie.
  • The teenagers complaining about the bad music at the restaurant and Kirsten pointing out that Sheila Swain is starring at Rodney.
  • Peter's confused reaction at the bar after seeing Sheila disappear from the restaurant dock.
  • Finner inviting Peter and Rodney out for night fishing, while Kirsten gets Rodney to guess what's inside various food cans.
  • A brief scene where Kirsten flirts with Peter after he gets mad at Ann.
  • The sequence where Finner urinates off the fishing boat while Rodney talks about "Muskie madness" and finds out that Finner can't swim.
  • A brief scene where Bev. D tells Finner to bring his muskie to her house so it won't get stolen.
  • Finner telling Bev. D that Red Echos "Things Aren't What They Seem" is his favorite album before he and Rodney air-guitar to the song.
  • The scene where Peter and Ann search the restaurant dock for any sign of foul play, only to miss Sheila's loon button- stuck to a dead fish.
  • Continuation of the conversation between Rodney and Leudke where Leudke talks about Evelyn Duerst and tells Rodney about a secret fishing spot.
  • Rodney looking for Finner before going fishing alone.
  • Peter and Ann being attacked in the street by Denny Dobyns. Leroy Leudke meeting Peter at the scene, when Irv Swain happens by and notices that Leudke has a metal plate in his head.
  • Peter and Ann running into Finner on the street. Finner tells them about Dickie almost getting hooked.
  • Continuation of the scene where Roger Swain tries repeatedly to crank his boat motor and yells for help. He then unbuttons his shirt just prior to getting hooked.
  • Peter radioing the sheriff to report Bev. D missing and him noticing the Red Echos LP still turning on the record player.
  • Shots of Leudke chopping Finner's fingers off with a hatchet and putting them into the meat grinder, then chopping into the arm again.
  • The scene where Peter brings Finner's severed ear to Evelyn and hears the Fishing For Your Love song causing him to flashback to his grandfathers murder.
  • The sequence where Peter, Evelyn and Irv figure out that vibrations from the cicadas and music are driving Leudke crazy.
  • Peter and Evelyn first entering Leudke's bait shop.
  • Ann awakening from drinking to find Kirsten and the Swain children sleeping on the couch.
  • Kirsten attempting to seduce Peter in bed when he thinks Ann is dead.
  • Lines of dialogue between Wayne Duerst and the sheriff after Wayne attempts to attack Leudke.
  • Fishing For Your Love plays out after the closing credits.


Soundtracks

Muskie Reggae
Written by
Thomas A. Naunas
Performed by Thomas A. Naunas, Brad Wray, Jeff Seitz, J. Whitehead

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Genres

Comedy | Horror

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