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By James Whittington, Tuesday 5th June 2018
Another slasher gem from the end of the VHS video boom get the 2K restoration treatment thanks to 88 Films. Offerings was originally released way back in 1989 and was the first movie from writer/director Christopher Reynolds.
The plot concerns a young mute boy, John who is kept at home by his abusive mother who likes to remind of his hobby, that of mutilating pets. Luckily for John he has a friend, Gretchen who has taken him under her wing. Unfortunately, the local bullies like to poke fun at him and after a bout of teasing from them he ends up at the bottom of a well. Forward 10 years and these bullies are now being picked off one by one and body part "offerings" are being delivered to Gretchen...
With more than just a passing nod to the Halloween series (just check out the score), Offerings is a by the book slasher movie with more than its fair share of cheesy dialogue, just listen to the investigating police officer when he picks up a cut off nose and quips, "That was some nose bleed"! In fact, you can play "Slasher Bingo" with this movie, there's a local psycho expert, horny teens, a mute killer, someone with a possible psychic power (!) etc but its all part of the fun.
The acting is what you'd expect with some lovely scenery chewing from the lead, Loretta Leigh Bowman but this is not a negative view at all, it adds to the feeling of nostalgia and the effects, though not the best, are effective enough to make their point. Just wish I could have seen the meat used on the pizza! (watch the movie and you'll know what I mean!)
The image is slightly bleached and soft around the edges but I'm putting this down to the stock the film was originally shot on. The pitchy, dual mono soundtrack is a tad flat but hey what would you expect from a dual mono soundtrack, at least the dialogue is nice a clear.
Extras wise we get a trailer, an audio commentary from Slasher Loving Podcast and a reversible sleeve, a nice little package you could say.
Offerings is number 36 in this Slasher Series from 88 Films and though it might only appeal to collectors it has an innocent charm to it that means its well worth seeing, at least once.
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