2.5 Stars
Year Released: 1989
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 101 minutes
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“Blades” is a bizarre yet entertaining parody of Steven Spielberg’s breakthrough feature film “Jaws.” However, in place of a 25 foot great white shark, we have a multi-bladed diesel powered lawnmower that appears to be operating all on its own (a la “Maximum Overdrive”). Instead of a beach resort for a setting we have an uppity country club golf course, inhabited by well-to-do, soon-to-be-human-yard-clippings.

By parody I do not mean comedy because “Blades” is not funny in the ha-ha kind of way. The cast seem to take little notice of the ridiculous premise and carry it through with straightforward, almost matter-of-fact performances. It is a laugh-riot for sure but we’re not talking “Naked Gun” or “Scary Movie” here.

“Blades” would probably be more at home sitting beside the likes of “This is Spinal Tap” (not that it’s anywhere near as good). But just as“Tap” sends up Heavy Metal and all of its inanities, “Blades” finds a clever way to poke fun at one of the most accomplished horror films of all time. Not bad. Not bad at all.

This Troma DVD also came with 2 other full-length features: “Blood Hook” and “Zombie Island Massacre.”

Posted on August 25, 2005 in Reviews by

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