DAY OF THE REAPER (1984) Reviews and overview

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‘The Reaper is coming. Pray he kills you first.’

Day of the Reaper is a 1984 American horror slasher feature film written and directed by Tim Ritter (Creep; Killing SpreeTruth or Dare? A Critical Madness and sequels). The movie stars Cathy O’Hanlon, Patrick Foster, and Todd Nolf.

The film was shot on Super 8mm film and distributed locally on VHS.

On April 17, 2018, the film was released on Blu-ray by SRS Cinema in a limited edition of just 200 copies.


In the town of Sunnyville, Florida, five women on vacation are stalked by a hooded cannibal killer …


” …the photography and editing couldn’t possibly be any worse and all of the sound was ineptly dubbed in later on. Supposedly the original video transfer was made by videotaping the projected image out of a shoe box! That all said, this is pretty much only of interest for completists and fans of this director to see how much he’s improved over the years.” The Bloody Pit of Horror

Day of the Reaper is thoroughly bonkers and full of typical, perhaps unintentional bad movie absurdities […] The gore is also fairly rad, of course; most of it is supremely crude and focuses on the aftermath of The Reaper’s carnage…” Oh, the Horror!

“Ritter and company really cut to the chase of what makes the movies Reaper borrows from and just goes for it. Lack of talent and experience doesn’t stop anyone here and the end result is nothing short of amazing.” Rock! Shock! Pop!

“This was a hard movie to watch, because the quality truly is atrocious. Ritter used duck tape to piece together the negatives and it was shot in silence and dubbed sometime later, which left a lack of synchronisation. There’s hardly any lighting in the night scenes, which means that when the screen is not tinged in a murky blue then it’s coated in pitch black…”  A Slash Above…

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