Hellmaster – USA, 1992 – reviews

Hellmaster is a 1992 horror film about a psychotic college professor who uses unwitting students as laboratory rats, injecting them with a drug that mutates them into killers. The movie was written and directed by Douglas Schulze (Mimesis: Nosferatu; Mimesis: Night of the Living Dead; Dark Fields; Dark Heaven). The Dolphin Entertainment Group production stars John Saxon, David Emge, Amy Raasch, Edward Stevens and Jeff Rector.

Originally titled Them, but subsequently re-edited with new footage added and released straight to video and cable several years after its initial completion as Hellmaster. It is also known as Soulstealer.

Vinegar Syndrome is releasing a region free Blu-ray + DVD combo:

  • Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm original negative
  • Original Theatrical Version as Them
  • Director’s recut version as Hellmaster
  • Director commentary for both versions
  • Creating Reality – an interview with cinematographer Michael Goi
  • Conceptual artwork gallery
  • Behind-the-scenes stills gallery
  • Archival locations featurette
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • English SDH subtitles

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

Hellmaster is a total disaster in every way imaginable. If the clunky acting doesn’t cause your skin to melt off the bone, Schulze’s inability to tell a concise, coherent story probably will. It’s a technical nightmare, a poorly-scripted, impossibly stupid foray into pseudo-intellectual horror.” Bloody Good Horror

“While the make-up effects aren’t necessarily weak, the creatures just aren’t all that engaging. There is definite importance put on the nightstick/sickle hybrid that Razorface carries around, but it’s just not an intriguing weapon, nor is it used in visual compelling ways. If I can give Hellmaster one compliment it is that the film does feature it’s share of nice, gooey deaths.” Horror and Sons

Choice dialogue:

“Don’t leave like this, Drake. Splitting up gets people killed!”

Cast and characters:

  • John Saxon … Professor Jones
  • David Emge … Robert
  • Amy Raasch … Shelly O’Deane
  • Edward Stevens … Drake Destry
  • Robert Dole … Professor Damon
  • Jeff Rector … Jesse Jameson
  • Sarah Barkoff … Little Girl
  • Todd Tesen … Adam O’Deane
  • Eric Kingston … Bobby Jones
  • Neil Savedes … Joey Jones
  • Suzanne Labatt … Moon Jones
  • Ron Asheton … Mama Jones
  • Melissa Zafarana … Tracy
  • Jim Riethmiller … Harold (as Jim Reithmiller)
  • Janet Linck … Andrea

Filming locations:

Pontiac, Michigan

Technical details:

  • 96 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

 

 

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