Film: Las Vegas Bloodbath
Las Vegas Bloodbath
"Las Vegas Bloodbath is a simple tale about a simple man and his simple wish to appease his wife's decapitated head by killing everything with a vagina."
is a 1989 Slasher Movie
featuring a killing spree in, you guessed it, Las Vegas.
After successfully scoring a big deal while away on business in Sacramento, a man named Sam Butler decides to surprise his wife Ruth by returning to their Las Vegas home early, in a shiny new red car. Upon arriving at the homestead, Sam discovers Ruth in bed with another man, a sheriff's deputy, and snaps, shooting them both to death with the deputy's carelessly discarded gun. After cutting off Ruth's head, Sam (who keeps having conversations with it) stores it in his car, and begins wandering the city in a misogynistic psychosis that leads him to murder a daytime hooker named Tina, whose jaw he mutilates with a knife before tying her up and ripping her leg off with the car, dumping the severed appendage in a dumpster a little later.
After randomly blowing a bartender's brains out, Sam happens to spot a car advertising the Beautiful Lady Oil Wrestlers, and follows it to an apartment, where the lady wrestlers have gathered for a baby shower being held for their friend Barbara. Skulking around the apartment (and killing a gardener who asks what he is doing) Sam observes the women as they watch themselves on TV, play cards and Truth or Dare, try on bikinis, and eat pizza
for a while, before barging in and tying them all up at gunpoint, ready to enact the titular bloodbath with everything from blades to firearms to tools to his bare hands.
Noted for being the movie Brad Jones
(of The Cinema Snob
fame) hated the most before Nukie came along.
This film provides examples of the following tropes:
- Blood Bath: The film ends with Sam being found in a gore drenched washroom, lying in a bathtub filled with blood and a random assortment of bodyparts.
- Boom, Headshot: The bartender and Tiffany's deaths.
- Kubrick Stare: Given by Sam at the very end.
- Leave the Camera Running: Sam spends a lot of time just... wandering around.
- This was one of the major complaints given by The Cinema Snob, which considers it the worst movie he's ever seen: some scenes go as far as 10 minutes with basically nothing.
- No Name Given: Several characters, most of them victims.
- Offscreen Teleportation: When Cherry tries to escape, Sam (who was last seen in the bathroom) is right there when she opens the front door.
- Off with His Head!: Happens offscreen to Ruth, and done with a slamming door to a Jehovah's Witness.
- Peek-A-Boo Corpse: An investigating officer finding bodies and parts of them strewn throughout the house.
- Pistol-Whipping: Done to Bambi.
- Porn Stache: Most of the male characters look like they just wandered off the set of a porno.
- Power Born of Madness: The only viable explanation for how Sam can rip people's limbs off with his bare hands.
- Recut: There's a few versions floating around.
- Recycled In Space: Truth or Dare: A Critical Madness IN LAS VEGAS!
- Shovel Strike: Sam takes a gardener's shovel and beats him to death with it.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: After pulverizing a gardener's skull with a shovel, Sam briefly pauses, laughs, then keeps smashing away until there's literally nothing left of the guy's head.
- Title In:
- Sacremento, California, 5:00pm
- Las Vegas, Nevada, 10pm
- Later on Las Vegas Strip
- Traumatic C-Section: Barbara's death.
- Twitchy Eye: Sam, when Tina starts soliciting him.
- Unusual Euphemism: "Look at the size of those silver dollars."
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The massacre was probably based on Richard Speck's mass murder of eight women, who he systematically killed in different rooms after breaking into their home and tying them up, just like Sam does.
- Villain Song: Las Vegas Blood Bath, which plays over the credits.