This interesting little curiosity from the 70s happens to be one of my absolute favorite slasher films. Its also an extremely eerie picture. For the uninitiated, its about a mysterious morality killer who tricks a group of "undesirables" into attending a fake high school reunion, only to pick them off once they get there. If you think this sounds a bit like Slaughter High, you'd be right, though this came first, and for my money, its the better film. Its religous subtext alone makes it more intriguing overall. Once the 80s slasher boom arrived, it was retitled Class Reunion Massacre to help it better cash in on the craze on home video. The six so-called degenerates include a lawyer, a gay actor, a lesbian, a rich snob, a cute girl who takes pride in her appearance, and a cocky former football jock with a tendency to pig out every time he gets the opportunity. Despite negative comments about the acting at IMDB and in a horror reference guide of mine, the acting in this film is just fine as far as I'm concerned. The six main characters are perfectly believable in their roles, and all of them but the glutton wind up being quite likable. The Redeemer himself comes off as a little over the top at times (the scene in the auditorium for instance), but this actually works in the character's favor, as it really makes him seem like an absolute lunatic. Indeed, the Redeemer is a very creepy individual. Throughout the film, he dons many different costumes (as Terror Train's killer did a few years later), each one representing an aspect of each victim's life. These costumes are quite creepy, and really add to the film's effectiveness. Perhaps the creepiest scene in the entire movie is when the lesbian is yelling for a man to let them out of the school, and that man turns out to be the Redeemer dressed up as the Grim Reaper. He proceeds to pound on the bars with his scythe, toying with her, and it always sends a chill up my spine. This film also has a weird surreal feeling to it that I love. The above mentioned sequence is all the creepier because it comes off as rather dreamy in a way. The film's opening and closing sequences, as well as the moody score, reinforce this feeling tenfold. This film also has an unnerving atmosphere, and I wouldn't hesitate to call it one of the most atmospheric slashers in existence. The eerie school, the rural area surrounding it, and the surreal feeling all add up to give this film atmosphere out the wazoo. The Redeemer is a bleak, dread inducing slasher that never has been regarded all that highly. Personally, I think its easily one of the best films of its genre. There really isn't very much gore in this movie, but it more than makes up for that with an interesting premise, a surreal tone, a very creepy killer, likable characters, and a unique utilization of religous themes. This one is well worth rediscovering. That said, I was browsing the used DVD section of Half Priced Books a few weeks back, and I came across this film on a cheapo double feature DVD. I decided to buy it, and while it is certainly not a disc to write home about, at least I have it to watch whenever I want. I would kill to get a great release of this film, though I fear that'll never happen, as Program Power, the shitty company that aquired the rights, went under before putting together the release, and I have no idea what has become of the rights. Hopefully one day, someone like BU or Synapse will get ahold of this one.