Unmasked Part 25

Unmasked Part 25 ★★★½

This is ostensibly a Friday the 13th parody, but I was surprised to find it to be an artfully made satire about a Jason Voorhees-esque killer pondering his purpose and trying to find love. It feels much more like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead than anything by Mel Brooks or the Zucker Brothers.

It stumbles quite a bit in the middle act as one would expect, but there are plenty of scenes (one involving S&M) that were so strange, my jaw dropped. The beginning and end of the film also contain some incredible kill scenes that are honestly more satisfying than the majority of the ones from the Friday franchise, and there were a lot of striking lighting choices that made my spiffy Vinegar Syndrome 2K transfer stand out.

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