Berserker (1987 film)

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Film

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

Template:Expand section 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

  • Valerie Sheldonas as Monica
  • Beth Toussaint as Kate
  • Sami Ruben as Allie
  • Joseph Alan Jones as Jerry
  • Mike Riley as the Berserker

Production

Parts of the film were shot at Big Cottonwood Canyon in Utah.[1]

Release

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Home media

The film was released on DVD by Quantum Leap on October 22, 2001. It was later released by Hollywood DVD on August 2, 2004. [2]

Reception

Template:Expand section 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".[3] Todd Martin from HorrorNews.net offered the film similar criticism, calling it "a boring, confusing, hokey, mess of a film".[4] Will and Roni agree that the Viking element was underplayed.

References

  1. D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874. 
  2. "Berserker (1987) - Jef Richard, Henning Schellerup". AllMovie. https://www.allmovie.com/movie/berserker-v4895/releases. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  3. Smith, Andrew. "Berserker (1987)". Andrew Smith. http://www.popcornpictures.co.uk/berserker-1987/. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  4. Martin, Todd. "Film Review: Berserker (1987)". Todd Martin. http://horrornews.net/95732/film-review-berserker-1987/. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 

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