'Terror at Red Wolf Inn' (1972) Review

Terror at Red Wolf Inby Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com

What a delightfully freakish treat I received when I started watching this early 1970s gritty flick! When I first turned this on, I was expecting utter rubbish but to my surprise it was nice. It has a similar gritty nature to same year release “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” Ironically, this movie was released months before the latter film as it also involves a backwoods family. This movie has alternate titles in record such as “The “Folks at Red Wolf Inn” and “Terror House.” It’s not widely known and has very limited releases. If you happen to discover an old copy, you shall be in a rare breed of owning a release!

The plot involves spring breaker Regina (Linda Gillen), who receives a letter informing her that she won a getaway leisurely vacation at a small by-the-ocean hotel resort. She is immediately rushed there quickly by the hotel owners’ grandson John (John Neilson). When she arrives, two other teen girls are there as they won as well. As they all find out, this older couple seems off along with their Grandson. One of the better parts of this movie is how well it molds comedic elements in quite well. The first night eating it blends a comedic tune in, which enhances the creep factor of that meal.

The characters’ acting is well done. Regina is a convincing teen actress with strong will to figure out what is going on in that spooky Inn. Supporting characters Pamela (Janet Wood) and Edwina (Margaret Avery), for what it’s worth, do a good job as well. Each night the deranged older couple prepares a luscious meal for these young girls. Pamela and soon Edwina disappear in the middle of the night after each meal. Henry (Arthur Space), Evelyn (Mary Jackson), and John take each one and hack them in their large freezer for food. This cannibal family can pull off crazy very well especially when Regina finds out what is going on. John perfected crazy in the cringe worthy scene of him slamming a shark on the beach several times bashing its brain in.

The gore is rarely seen. The biggest perks of this movie is the sense of dread in the atmosphere and the acting. I found myself pulling for Regina to get away even with her convincing John to leave with her to escape. The best moments of the film was Regina forcing herself to eat the acquaintances she once knew while the others chow down happily on their feast.. The second best moment is clearly the ending for me. I never saw the ending coming!

In conclusion, this movie is well deserving of a watch from people who enjoy low budget 70s movies. I give it 4 out of 5 stars because I was shocked at how much I liked the movie. IMDB has this movie at 4.7/10 stars.

Directed By: Bud Townsend
Written By: Allen Actor
Starring: Linda Gillen (Regina), John Neilson (John), Arthur Space (Henry), Mary Jackson (Evelyn), Janet Wood (Pamela), Margaret Avery (Edwina)

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