You see a cover for years. You don’t rent the movie and gradually it fades out of your mind, but when you occasionally spy it as a title that needs a proper release or in old VHS cover art collages, you think you know just what a movie is going to be about. How wrong we are sometimes. You truly cannot judge a tape by its sleeve nor can you judge a newly issued Blu-ray/DVD combo from Vinegar Syndrome by its jacket. Nightmare Weekend has been released by Vinegar Syndrome, a Troma title is all gonzo and some substance.
The opening sequence is tremendous filled with a brilliant gory finish that sets the stage for a kill be numbers movie that has subtle twists and moments of novelty that create a fun environment for the viewer. Sure you get the feeling that an overprotective homeowner has a security system that is run by a puppet, but there must be some level of normalcy, right? I mean the story truly is that a puppet/computer system goes haywire after being coopted by an evil henchman and turns normal folks into crazed lunatics. After the plot that I had devised in my head based on the cover art dashed, that was my next assertion and not what you get. Nightmare Weekend is the strangest form of mind control and murder I’ve seen. It’s perfect for the Troma label for whence it hails.
This would be a fantastic pairing with a movie like Chopping Mall: A security system double feature where the good guys go bad and murder is the safe word. Nightmare Weekend has plenty of beautiful, over the top gore, a smorgasbord of hot, naked bodies and a brilliant HD transfer from Vinegar Syndrome who cares about all movies equally. With some of the recent Troma self-releases experiencing problems, you’ll be happy to know that when paired with Vinegar Syndrome, these are absent. The extras are enjoyable focusing on the behind the scenes of production with Dean Gates and an interview with Marc Gottlieb. Vinegar Syndrome even included the R Rated edits. You get two different cover variants, the traditional artwork you’d be familiar with from the US one sheet/VHS box and an alternate that looks creepy as Hell.
Fans of Troma will appreciate this title even if it’s not quite as over the top or forced humor laden as the Toxic Avenger or Class of Nuke Em High. It actually benefits from trying to be a moderately serious Horror picture (except for the puppet of course). You know, every time I write the word puppet I giggle, and then I want to go watch Nightmare Weekend again. It’s a great time and unique.
You can order Nightmare Weekend now from Vinegar Syndrome:
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From Vinegar Syndrome:
A brilliant computer scientist has just finished work on his greatest creation: a super computer with the ability to transform the personalities of bad and disobedient people. In anticipation of sharing his work with the scientific community, the scientist invites a fellow expert to test the machine on a group of debauched young women. Little does he know that his colleague intends to use the computer to turn their subjects into bloodthirsty mutants!
Made by a French crew in Florida, NIGHTMARE WEEKEND is a non-stop assault on the senses. Head explosions, gratuitous nudity and softcore sex, bikers, roller-skating, and a telepathic hand puppet named George rank NIGHTMARE WEEKEND among the weirdest and most jaw droppingly absurd horror films of the 1980s. Long available only in low quality transfers of the R rated version, Vinegar Syndrome presents this forgotten trash masterpiece fully uncut and in widescreen, on Blu-ray for the first time!
D: Henri Sala / 1985 / 86 min / Color / 1.85:1
+ Blu-ray/DVD Combo | Region Free | 1.85:1 OAR
+ Restored in 2k from 35mm internegative
+ All extras on both Blu-ray and DVD
+ “THANK GOD IT’S MONDAY” – Surviving Nightmare Weekend with Dean Gates (23min)
+ “KILLER WEEKEND” – An Interview with Marc Gottlieb (13min)
+ Alternate R rated edits
+ Original theatrical trailer
+ Reversible artwork
+ English SDH subtitles