THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

SCALPEL (1976)


Easily the Obscure Film of the Week, this one I had never seen, and I always thought it was just another slasher film,  But lo and behold, when this beautiful restored version from Arrow Films landed on my desk, I popped it into the DVD and found that it was more than that.  Veteran TV actor Robert Lansing is a plastic surgeon who has missed out on his late father’s estate.  Dad left all of his money to his granddaughter Heather - $5 million bucks.  He didn’t particularly care for his kid, with good reason.  But Heather fled a year ago and no one knows where she is.  That’s cause she spotted Daddy doing in her boyfriend after leaving her bedroom.  One night, the doc comes across a pretty stripper who has just had her face bashed in by a drunken patron.  Taking her to his hospital, he comes up with a scheme to reconstruct her face and school her on all things Heather.  Months later, it works, they split up the money and are very happy – until the real Heather turns up.  Both girls are played by Judith Campbell, and she just plays them just differently enough that you can tell them apart.  Most of the time anyway.  And then Scalpel becomes a juicy and fun Southern gothic tale that deserved more attention than it got in 1976.  Arrow Films has put a marvelous DVD together with commentaries, brand new interviews and an intro by the writer and director, John Grissmer, among other things.  Not very bloody and gory beyond that bashed face I mentioned earlier, this film was a very pleasant surprise!


TLA one word review: twisted

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

INCREDIBLY OBSCURE FILM DEPARTMENT