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Film / Nightmare Beach

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Nightmare Beach, or Welcome To Spring Break, is a 1988 slasher movie written by Harry Kirkpatrick and (with some dispute further elaborated on on the trivia page) credited as jointly directed by him and Umberto Lenzi (Cannibal Ferox).

Diablo, the leader of a motorcycle gang, is convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of a young woman. He defiantly snaps at the victim's sister that he's innocent and he'll be back for revenge.

A year after the execution, murders start happening in the middle of Spring Break festivities, and they all involve the victim being electrocuted, just like a certain gang leader.

This work contains examples of:

  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The killer attaches a live wire to the antenna of Trina's headphones, slowly cooking her. Another victim gets a live wire shoved down her throat.
  • Fanservice: It's Spring Break. Shirtless dudes and wet tee contests abound.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: All of the murders are set during Spring Break week in Florida.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: The killer spends most of the movie in a mirrored motorcycle helmet to hide his identity. Trina, the girlfriend of Diablo, is the first to realize it's not him, not that this does her any good.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: The police try to keep the murders out of the news to keep panic down. Once the bodies start showing up in public places, they're out of luck.
  • Sinister Minister: The real killer is a local Reverend, railing against the "debauchery" of Spring Break.