Black Friday sales can get a little messy.
"Don't you see? I'm just CRAZY about this store!"
— The Killer
In a market after closing hours, a bunch of employees are working late. Then one cashier's abusive ex-boyfriend starts harassing her, and soon everyone around the store are being killed gruesomely one by one.
Even though it is a by-the-book Slasher Movie
, the film gained a cult status after its release in 1989 for having a plenty of Sam Raimi regulars
present (including the man himself), director Scott Spiegel's camerawork, and its gorntastic
The kill scenes were cut severely by the producer for its initial release, but they are restored
in the 2008 DVD-release.
Prices for these examples were cut:
- Accidental Murder: Craig got into prison prior to the events of the film when he accidentally killed a man after Jennifer broke up with him.
- An Arm and a Leg: Severed hands and feet are discovered by the cast.
- Barehanded Blade Block: When Jennifer tries to attack the killer with a knife, he grabs it by the blade and throws it aside.
- Billing Displacement: Despite having just a small part near the end, Bruce Campbell has a top billing on the DVD-releases.
- Blood Is Squicker in Water: The killer drops a chopped hand into a lobster tank, which quickly turns red with blood.
- Broken Record: Joe's headphones play exactly one song for the first hours of working.
- Cassandra Truth: The police arrest Jennifer and Craig in the end, ignoring their pleas for innocence.
- Closed Circle: The store, as the killer has the keys.
- Covers Always Lie: Some stylized VHS-covers shows the killer with an axe. He never uses one.
- Creator Cameo: Scott Spiegel appears as the guy delivering the bread, who is then killed off as the Final Girl watches helplessly from inside the store.
- Double Take: Randy does it when he sees a severed hand wrapped in meat packaging.
- Drop the Hammer: When Bill finds Craig spying on Jennifer outside, he attacks him with a hammer.
- Dutch Angle: When Bill notices a doorknob turning, the shot of him looking at it slowly turns into a tilted angle.
- Eye Awaken: Used twice by Not Quite Dead characters.
- Eye Scream: Dave's eye is pierced by a spike.
- Final Girl: Jennifer.
- Giggling Villain: The killer after his identity is revealed.
- Grievous Bottley Harm: Used twice against the killer.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: A severed head is used as a bludgeoning instrument.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: One of the victims is found cut in half. With "1/2 price" sign on him.
- Hooks and Crooks: Jennifer defends herself with a hook.
- Hope Spot: The couple trying to visit the store after closing hours, and the bread guy.
- Knife Nut: The killer prefers big knives. For the last third of the film he picks up a cleaver.
- Locked Out of the Loop: After he puts on his walkman, Joe has know idea what is going on.
- Not Quite Dead: Craig after Jennifer attacks him, and the killer in the ending.
- Off with His Head!: Dave gets his head severed offscreen.
- Offscreen Teleportation: The killer manages to get outside in a record time to kill the bread deliverer in front Jennifer.
- Once is Not Enough
- One-Word Title
- Peek-A-Boo Corpse: Jennifer is surprised by Randy's corpse.
- Police Are Useless: When the cops come after Craig's troublemaking, they just ask the cast to call them again if he shows up. Taken further in the ending, as a different pair cops arrest the surviving characters for the murders.
- Red Herring: Craig's behavior early in the film makes him seem like his responsible for the killings.
- Screaming Woman
- Shout-Out: Bill's story about the guy in the fire rescue who "had the head in one hand, sandwich in the other", is lifted from Raising Arizona.
- Spiteful Spit: Jennifer spits at the face of the gloating killer, who just licks it off.
- The Stoner: Bub. To drive the point home, he speaks like a surfer.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: The killer uses his woundedness to implicate the surviving charaters for the murders.
- Your Head A Splode: Bub getting his head forced into the activated box crusher.