Known by many names, including, in its cut form, ‘Bay of Blood’ in the UK ‘Twitch of the Death Nerve’ is considered by many to be one of the original ‘body count/ slasher’ movies of the 80s. This title renowned for being also one of the most blood thirsty of the lot; and that’s saying something. Now, Mario Brava is not known for being the most tasteful of directors and from the opening scene, where we see a wheelchair bound woman hung as a result of her chair being kicked from under her, I was pleased to see that he didn’t look to be changing his ways on this title.
Basically ‘Twitch of the Death Nerve’ is a straight down the line slasher movie, very little story and plenty of fodder. The story in this revolves around a lake whose ownership once belonged to the old lady. With her out of the way the deeds are up for grabs and with several ‘twists’ in the story it seems that everyone is out to get them, no matter of the methods. Now the inverted commas are there because it is claimed that there are so many twists that whoever your suspect is the killer doesn’t stay alive long enough to remain a suspect. Now in my opinion this is a bit of a farce cause to be honest you are never really given any clues to who the assailant is. Anyhow all said and done this particular aspect of the film doesn’t ruin it because lets face it all we want to see is lots of murders; ‘Twitch of the Death Nerve’ does have plenty, 13 to be precise.
The murders really live up to the hype. As in the vein of many Italian gore movies the deaths are very brutal and the methods are nicely un-necessary. It’s fantastic actually. The effects for the most part are pretty good and the after shots of the murders linger long enough so you get all the details. I don’t what to give the fun away but let’s just say the sickle to the neck scene is probably my favourite.
Now to other aspects of the film.
The acting is about what you would expect, nothing amazing but does the job. The pace of the film is good and the murders are nicely peppered throughout the 84 minute running time.
Overall, if you are looking for a film in the vein of Friday the 13th with the gore turned up to 11 then this is the one for you. Nothing else to say really. Ensure that you have the uncut version of the film, I had to import from Australia to get mine, and enjoy.