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Savage Weekend (1979)

R | | Horror | 1979 (USA)
Several couples head upstate to the country to watch a boat being built. Unfortunately they are stalked by a murderer behind a ghoulish mask.


David Paulsen, John Mason Kirby (uncredited)


David Paulsen


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Allport ... Nicky
Jim Doerr Jim Doerr ... Robert Fathwood (as James Doerr)
David Gale ... Mac Macauley
Devin Goldenberg Devin Goldenberg ... Jay Alsop
Marilyn Hamlin ... Marie Sales Pettis
Caitlin O'Heaney ... Shirley Sales (as Kathleen Heaney)
Jeff Pomerantz ... Greg Pettis (as Jeffrey David Pomerantz)
William Sanderson ... Otis
Yancy Butler ... Little Girl (as Yancy Victoria Butler)
Adam Hirsch Adam Hirsch ... Jeremy Pettis
Don Plumley Don Plumley ... Pool Player
Ben Simon Ben Simon ... Lumberman
Geraldine Chapin Geraldine Chapin ... Woman at Bar
Rae Chapin Rae Chapin ... Lumberman
Claude Paulsen Claude Paulsen ... Waitress at Bar


Several couples head upstate to the country to watch a boat being built. Unfortunately they are stalked by a murderer behind a ghoulish mask.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


You have been chosen. You are doomed. Prepare for.... SAVAGE WEEKEND




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Release Date:

1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Killer Behind the Mask See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filmed in 1976 as "The Killer Behind The Mask" and released as "Savage Weekend" in 1979 by Cannon Films. See more »


When Marie is being led away from the house by the killer, she is wearing gold high heels, but after she escapes from him and then trips and falls she is now wearing black boots. See more »


Referenced in Saw (2004) See more »


The Upstate Man
Lyrics by David Paulsen
Music by David Broza
Sung by David Broza
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The Decline of the American Empire with a chainsaw thrown in!
13 March 2007 | by Maciste_BrotherSee all my reviews

I just watched the uncut Paragon video of SAVAGE WEEKEND (great title but misleading here) and I have to say that as slasher films go, this is one is slightly different but like so many of them, it's still a near complete failure. How does SAVAGE WEEKEND differ from other films like Friday the 13th or HALLOWEEN? Well, the script tries hard to be a bit more dramatic, have more intricate dialogue, or, in the end, it's simply more pretentious.

Speaking of pretentious, while I was watching SAVAGE WEEKEND, I couldn't help but to remember that pretentious French-Canadian flick, "The Decline of the American Empire": a bunch of men and women spend time in the country and talk endlessly about sex. SAVAGE WEEKEND is almost exactly like "The Decline of the American Empire": a bunch of uppity New Yorkers go to the country, and talk endlessly about sex (and are often nude or doing it).

Seriously, the whole thing was like watching a Bizarro version of "The Decline of the American Empire": both films have a gay man as a main character and they are the ones who cook the supper for their straight friends. This aspect is one of the few original points of SAVAGE WEEKEND that sets it apart from other slashers: when was the last time you saw an openly (but nonetheless stereotypical) gay man in a slasher?

Another so-called original aspect is the nudity. I almost thought the story took place in a nudist camp. Much more nudity then your average slasher (and they usually have a lot to begin with). And the last original aspect of SAVAGE WEEKEND is the cast, which is made of actual adult actors playing adult characters and not adult actors trying to play horny, stupid teens. What a novelty!

Anyway, once the film finally became a slasher, when someone picked up a mask and started killing the whole pretentious bunch, I didn't care for anything. It was too little too late. And the killing scenes are not very interesting (except for the long needle in the ear bit).

Aside from William Sanderson, whom I believe cannot give a bad performance, the rest of the actors are average to just plain awful. The story makes little sense when you think about it (too many crazy killers) and the direction even less sense. For example, SAVAGE WEEKEND starts with the ending, and when we finally arrive at the end, we still don't know who survived the whole thing. But I have to say that I got a kick out of watching something with aspirations of being an artsy John Sayles type of flick turn into a rather routine horror film.

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