Berserker (1987 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jefferson Richard|
|Produced by||Jules Rivera|
|Written by||Joseph Kaufman|
Joseph Alan Jones
|Music by||Chuck Francour|
|Edited by||Marcus Manton|
|Distributed by||Shapiro Entertainment|
Berserker, also known as Berserker: The Nordic Curse, is a 1987 American slasher film written and directed by Jefferson Richard. The film centers on a group of campers who are stalked and murdered by a Viking berserker.
Plot[edit | edit source]
According to an old Nordic legend, a Berserker was a bloodthirsty warrior who ate human flesh, forbidden a restful death and fated to be reincarnated in their blood kin. A summer camp accidentally stumbles across the Berserker legend when it arises in Rainbow Valley, an area settled by Norwegian immigrants. The camp is abuzz with rumours of a wild bear killing people in the area, including speculation about an old couple who get lost. But is it really a bear?
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Valerie Sheldonas as Monica
- Beth Toussaint as Kate
- Sami Ruben as Allie
- Joseph Alan Jones as Jerry
- Mike Riley as the Berserker
Production[edit | edit source]
Release[edit | edit source]
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Reception[edit | edit source]
Andrew Smith from Popcorn Pictures awarded the film a score of 3/10, writing, Berserker sounded great and could have become a little slasher gem but the lack of the berserker on-screen is disappointing and ‘Gentle Ben’ the bear doesn’t have any need to be in here. One to avoid unless you are have a burning desire to see every 80s slasher film". Todd Martin from HorrorNews.net offered the film similar criticism, calling it "a boring, confusing, hokey, mess of a film". Will and Roni agree that the Viking element was underplayed.
References[edit | edit source]
- D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.
- "Berserker (1987) - Jef Richard, Henning Schellerup". Allmovie.com. AllMovie. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- Smith, Andrew. "Berserker (1987)". Popcorn Pictures.co.uk. Andrew Smith. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- Martin, Todd. "Film Review: Berserker (1987)". HorrorNews.net. Todd Martin. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
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