Nightmare Beach (1988)

2.0 out of 5

When biker guru ‘Diablo’ gets the chair for a murder he may or may not have committed, he vows to return from the grave to exact his revenge. A year later a series of new killings begins just as 50,000 horny college students are descending on the area for Spring Break. The local authorities are keen to hush it all up; but is this just because they want to avoid a mass exodus or are there more sinister motives at work?

Director Umberto Lenzi masqueraded under the pseudonym ‘Harry Kirkpatrick’ to further Americanise this entry into the ‘stalk n’ slash’ sweepstakes, shot in English on the Florida coast with a cast of American actors including John Saxon and Michael Parks.

With hideous fashions, constant, blaring 80s rock, wet tee-shirt contests and a practical joker frequently faking his own death, the film plays almost like a straight-faced parody of the genre. Claudio Simonetti provides the suspense cues.

Very, very bad, but also very entertaining, the film enjoyed moderate success on US videotape under the title Welcome to Spring Break.

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