Finally! An obscure video-nasty worthy of its reputation!
The notorious "video-nasties" formed a rather ambiguous milestoneperiod in the horror genre. From one viewpoint, still now it's anexcellent checklist for horror fans to use and track down as many rareflicks as possible with a questionable reputation. On the other hand,however, this exact same list contains way too many titles that shouldhave been long forgotten by now, but instead gained a totallyundeserved cult reputation. "Night Warning" is the exception to thisrule, actually. Here we finally have a video-nasty that is raw, creepyand genuinely unsettling, yet it's totally unknown and nearlyimpossible to find. The film can be described best as some kind ofdemented soap opera with truly disturbing themes and the absolute mostoffensive one-liners you're likely hear ever. Mrs. Cheryl Robertsstands as one of the craziest ladies cinema, as her devotion for her17-year-old nephew Billy is rather unhealthy and, well, actually quitesick! After the death of his parents when Billy was just 3 years old(in a very suspicious car accident, I may add), aunt Cheryl raised him.But now little Billy is growing up fast and aunt Cheryl loses her lastbit of sanity when he becomes an independent young man and intimatewith girls his own age. When she murders a plumber and tricks Billyinto believing he attempted to rape her, the rather unorthodox policeinspector Carlson starts digging into the family's past. The film isn'treally that gory, apart from a couple of moments, but the tone andatmosphere are quite unsettling. Bo Svenson portrays the most memorablecharacter; the cop who's even crazier than auntie Cheryl herself. He'sa severely homophobic, perverted, racist, obnoxious and downright madcopper that rather neglects all the evidence in the murder case just toobtrude his own twisted world perspectives on his suspects. "NightWarning" is a lot more intelligent, progressive and experimental thanit looks and it's definitely a couple of classes above your average80's slasher in which barely dressed prom queens are running aroundscreaming their guts out. It's a sick-spirited but intriguingly curiousoddity that just demands a proper re-release on DVD.