Night Killer

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Night Killer
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And you thought A Nightmare On Elm Street: 5 The Dream Child was bad.
Genre: Horror
Directed By: Claudio Fragasso
Produced By: Franco Gaudenzi
Written By: Franco Gaudenzi
Starring: Tara Buckman
Peter Hooten
Richard Foster
Photography: Color
Cinematography: Antonio Maccoppi
Distributed By: C.R.C. Romana
Release Date: August 3, 1990 (Italy)
Runtime: 85 minutes
Country: Italy
Language: English
Franchise: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Unofficially)

Night Killer, originally titled as Non aprire quella porta 3 (Do not open that door 3, or Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 in English) is a 1990 Italian horror/slasher film, directed by Claudio Gaudenzi, and written by Franco Gaudenzi. On its release in Italy, it was promoted as being part of the The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise.


A serial killer in Freddy Krueger's rubber mask terrorizes the city of Virginia Beach, killing many women after raping them. One of her victims is a beautiful Tara Buckam in the role of Melanie Beck. The woman no longer remembers the violence she suffered in the past, but the memory will return when the serial killer shows up to continue to torment her psychically and not only carnally.

Why It Sucks

  1. Hilariously bad acting, which makes the killer himself not scary at all.
  2. The Killer is literally a rip-off of Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare On Elm Street. Not only is the rubber mask a knock-off version of Freddy's face, but he also has two finger knife gloves as his weapons of choice.
    • Not only that, but the killer himself is not scary in the slightest, especially with the "I'm so horny!" line.
  3. The movie is very inconsistent: In one scene, a woman gets her throat slit. Yet, the scene after, she looks perfectly fine.
  4. Forgettable characters.
  5. Hilariously bad soundtrack that makes most scenes even more hilarious than they already are.
  6. In one scene, just a few minutes after the first few scenes, they straight up explain the mystery, which gives away everything, especially the identity of the killer.
  7. The line: "I got molested in a little boy's room!" Just kills anything that makes the movie scary.
  8. With all the bad acting, it comes off as an unintentional comedy.
  9. To make matters worse: the movie was directed by the same person who directed the infamous Troll 2; sharing the same flaws as said movie.
  10. False Advertising: It was promoted to be a sequel to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, but in reality, it has absolutely nothing to do with the franchise at all.
    • Especially when Leatherface and the Sawyer family are absent. And the fact that it doesn’t take place in Texas
    • Its likely that the director hasn’t seen any of the movies either, which explains why there are no connections between this movie and the rest of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise.
    • Its also worth noting that the official Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 was released earlier before this movie.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. This movie can be really entertaining for how hilariously bad the acting, dialogue, and soundtrack is.
  2. It predicted the famous liquid nitrogen kill from Jason X.


From retrospective reviews, Jason Shawhan of Nashville Scene compared it to Bad Dreams and The Invasion stating it did not reach those levels of "ripoff and quilt cinema" comparing it to Night Porter and A Nightmare on Elm Street concluding that it was a "trashy film that wants to provoke every possible emotion, and the fact that it manages to find genuine empathy amid the chest wounds and obscene phone calls and sexualized capers makes for an experience that just doesn’t happen very often in movies anymore."


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