One of the best releases for 2022!!
After many years of seeing retitled versions of this film and edited for TV prints I finally got the chnce to see this UNCUT and in all its glory.
Pat Cardi stars as high school student Vernon Potts, a student who is disliked by all of the jocks and bullied by teachers and even the school janitor.
Vernon is a chemistry genius who is working to develope a formula that will change people both mentally and phyically. After his test subject, a guinea pig named Mr. Mumps, becomes a savage killer and kills the janitors cat the janitor named Griggs (Jeff Alexander) beats Vernon with a flashlight and forces him to drink his own formula.
Vernon transforms into a hideous monster and kills Griggs by dumping him in a vat of acid. This is a very gruesome scene and one that was always cut from other prints. Vernon begins chamging whenever he is angry and he takes violent revenge on both his English teacher as well as his gym coach (John Niland) by cutting off fingers and a head and stomping to death with cletes respectively.
The film moves along at a very fast pace and all of the bloodletting is intact. This film was shot in Texas and stars many local actors and football players from the Dallas Cowboys.
Vinegar Syndrome has doen an excellent job with the 2k transfer and some great extras including an interview with Pat Cardi. The rest of the cast for this gem includes Austin Stoker as the detective investigating the murders, Rosie Hotolik as the young woman who tries to love Vernon, Chuck Beatty, D.D. Lewis and "mean" Joe Greene.
I can't recommend this enough as I consider it to be one of the best horror films ever made, Nope, it's not original by any means, but damn it's a LOT of fun.