16 December 2014 | Coventry
So I Married a Prostitutes' throats slasher
Apparently this little piece of adorable Aussie trash remained shelved for years and only got released in the early nineties; no less than seven years after it was filmed! I honestly don't understand why because, especially in comparison to loads of other 80's slasher duds that I've struggled myself through, "Innocent Prey" really isn't so bad at all. In fact, I can shamelessly admit that I tremendously enjoyed this (semi-)Ozploitation gem and I would recommend fellow slasher/exploitation fanatics to seek it out. The plot is totally bonkers, far-fetched and unrealistic, but that's arguably the main reason why "Innocent Prey" is so easily digestible and amusing! It's more similar to a bad TV soap opera than to a grim contemporary 80's slasher, and it's just that what makes it unique. Dig this: on her way back from dropping her friend at the airport, Dallas girl Cathy Wills spots her husband's convertible at a sleazy roadside motel. She sneaks around the back and glazes through the bathroom window, just in time to witness him slicing the throat of a voluptuous prostitute. Together with the local Sheriff, Cathy sets a trap to apprehend him. But Crazy Joe quickly escapes from the penitentiary and comes back for his treacherous wife. When she narrowly survives another assault, Cathy decides to go live with her friend Gwen in Australia. Not only does her psychopath husband follow her, Cathy also attracts the Down Under lunatics when she gets there. Surely the script is full of holes and improbabilities, but I personally wouldn't have wanted it any other way. Joe all too easily escapes from jail and effortlessly manages to reach Australia, but all these little "defaults" are actually in favor of the movie's fast pacing and brainless entertainment value. The first murder, the throat slicing of the luscious wench Deborah Voorhees, is truly sick and gruesome, but the rest of the film – sadly – isn't very violent and some very important murders even occur off-screen. The twists near the end are ingenious and tongue-in-cheek, but I think they still could have been worked out more effectively. "Innocent Prey" was written and directed by Colin Eggleston, who will certainly be more remembered for his modest eco-horror classic "Long Weekend" (which received a remake in 2008) than for this light-headed slasher adventure.
Tip for cult fanatics: "Innocent Prey" would make a terrific double- feature with Michael Winner's "Scream for Help"; - also from 1984. Both films are trashy, unscrupulous and outrageously amusing soap- opera thrillers that undeservedly ended up in oblivion.