To decompress, she leaves for a weekend trip in upstate New York with her new stockbroker boyfriend Robert, her sister Shirley, and their openly gay friend Nicky. © Desert Island Public Domain Film Library. [5] Paulsen stated that he fashioned the script around a variety of bizarre and extravagant murder sequences. They arrive to the country late in the evening, and stop in a small town. As he goes to investigate the basement, he turns on a light switch which activates the table saw, inadvertently killing Shirley, who has been tied to the table all night. After dinner, Marie and Robert go for a walk on the property, and discover Jay's body hanging in the barn. Savage Weekend is a 1976 American slasher film directed by David Paulsen and starring Christopher Allport, David Gale, William Sanderson, and Caitlin O'Heaney. With Christopher Allport, Jim Doerr, David Gale, Devin Goldenberg. [19], In July 2015, it was announced that the film was being released on Blu-ray through joint licensing by Kino Lorber and 20th Century Fox,[20] featuring an HD transfer from the original source material. Unfortunately they are stalked by a murderer behind a ghoulish mask. View our pricing guide for details. Greg and Mac begin fighting and tackle one another to the ground. [2] Paulsen described the shoot as "hellish,"[2] and filming of exterior sequences was often impeded by clouds, which affected the outdoor lighting. Meanwhile, Nicky goes to the bar across the street for a drink, and is harassed by two homophobic men whom he beats up. comment. [7] O'Heaney auditioned for the part at the suggestion of her agent, and claimed she took the role in order to establish herself within the Screen Actors Guild. I lost count of how many …

[17], The film was released on VHS in the 1980s by various companies, including Paragon Video Productions.

[3], Filmed in 1976 under the working title The Upstate Murders, and initially marketed as The Killer Behind the Mask, the film was acquired by the Cannon Group[4] and released theatrically in North America in late 1980.

As of 2009, the film was in the public domain.

Several couples head upstate to the country to watch a boat being built. Robert, Marie, and Shirley pick up groceries at a market, where Shirley finds a sinister face mask that she decides to buy as a joke. It's still not clear to me whether [director] Paulsen wanted to make a soft-core porno film, a horror movie or a combination of both.

Jay Alsop, an engineer and friend of Robert's, arrives to oversee the boat's progress. Happy Public Domain Day! Savage Weekend was written and directed by David Paulsen, in his directorial debut. Meanwhile, an inebriated Shirley puts on a tango record and performs a striptease for Nicky. Marie Pettis has recently divorced her politician husband named Greg, who had been involved in a political scandal in New York City. Otis arrives upon the scene, and kills Greg with a chainsaw. Looking for a specific public domain film? Publication date 1979 Usage Public Domain Topics Horror, Mystery, Thriller Publisher Cannon Group. The film follows a woman who retreats to upstate New York with her wealthy boyfriend, her sister, and friend, only to be stalked by a killer in a disfigured mask. He tells Marie that he plans on taking her out into the lake and committing a murder-suicide.

Savage Weekend is a 1976 American slasher film directed by David Paulsen and starring Christopher Allport, David Gale, William Sanderson, and Caitlin O'Heaney.

It has been cited as an early prototype for the slasher film, predating both Halloween (1978) and Friday the 13th (1980).[4]. Savage Weekend doesn't really get going until the last 20-30 minutes and if you''ve never seen it, it's definitely worth a look. This film has fallen into the Public Domain. From the Magnetic Magic Public Domain Collection comes: Savage Weekend! Savage Weekend est un film réalisé par David Paulsen. All Rights Reserved. "A group of five friends leave their New York City homes to head upstate to the country to watch a boat being built, but their weekend holiday soon turns into a living nightmare when they become the victims of a crazed killer wearing a ghoulish mask.". [5] The screenplay was completed while Paulsen was staying in East Hampton, New York over a period of two weeks. All Public Domain Collection VHS releases include a self-shot introduction by the Magnetic Crew and maybe a few goodies! [18] Due to its public domain status, various independent companies released the film on DVD, often in low quality prints sourced from video transfers. "[16], In spite of this, the film has attained a cult following. [2] In addition to the initial $20,000 invested in the project, Paulsen was able to accrue an additional $38,000, resulting in a final budget of $58,000. [9], TV Guide called it "A truly reprehensible exploitation film... Ultra-low-budget and shot on grainy color stock, the film is borderline pornography, and the gore effects are extremely gruesome. [9] During the Cannes screening, Paulsen and his wife manually covered the top and bottom edges of the frame with tape to achieve the intended aspect ratio for the screening. Addeddate 2015-11-09 01:25:48 Identifier SavageWeekend_201511 Scanner Internet Archive HTML5 Uploader 1.6.3. plus-circle Add Review. [11] The film expanded to Philadelphia on November 28. "[13] Candice Russell, film and theatre writer for the Fort Lauderdale News described the film as "strictly for wackos" and that "sickness bags should be given with the price of admission". Several couples head upstate to the country to watch a boat being built.

Savage Weekend contains a fair amount of female nudity as well as male. We're happy to answer any questions you may have about the classic films in our library! The two dance together on the house's second floor, and jokingly apply makeup to each other's faces. Mac flees the house, where he encounters Greg attempting to bring Marie to the lake to kill her. Several couples head upstate to the country to watch a boat being built. [5], Savage Weekend was shot in the Hudson River Valley on a remote lake location over a period of around three weeks. Robert and Marie reach the house, and are confronted by the killer. [5] With such a small budget in mind, Paulsen wrote an original screenplay for a horror film that could be made with few resources.