Savage Water – USA, 1979 – reviews


Savage Water is a 1979 American slasher thriller feature film directed by Paul W Kener. The movie stars Gil Van Waggoner, Ron Berger, and Bridget Agnew.

An extremely obscure title, the movie was released in the early 1980’s on VHS in the UK, France and Holland, but not the USA,.


A group of holidaymakers have booked themselves a dream trip through the Grand Canyon with the Wild West White Water River Boat Company.  Things take a turn for the worse as it’s realised that one of their number has their own reason for wanting to be stranded in the Canyon far away from the authorities.

Before long, the group begin getting knocked off one by one by an unseen maniac with a big hunting knife and a murderous agenda…


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“A completely nutty curio for those who thought they’d seen everything ’70s horror had to offer, this is nowhere near a good film but certainly worth checking out if you want to see an endearingly damaged example of an indie horror project created in a universe all its own.” Mondo Digital

” …Savage Water certainly delivers the required quota of exploitation eye candy, and despite its reputation, never really approaches the level of loveable ineptitude the just dawning slasher wave would bring us (Quisenberry’s Scream, anyone?). What it does give is a nearly Something Weird level regional drive in feel, not all that far removed from gems like Curse of the Headless Horseman or Crypt of Dark Secrets.” Third Eye Cinema

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“You’d probably get about as much enjoyment out of watching a plank of wood float down your local river as you would viewing this mind numbingly tedious excuse for a murder mystery. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that the lump of timber would probably deliver a more convincing performance than the obscurities featured within.” A Slash Above


“There are some potentially interesting threads in Savage Water, but the “cast” is too large (and insufficiently delineated), the acting too bad, and the script too unpolished (well, thrown together) to make this an effectively downbeat 1970s horror film rather than a car wreck.” DVD Drive-In


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