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(aka "Muskie Madness")

Directed by Jim Mallon
USA 19


17 years ago, Peter's grandfather went missing under mysterious circumstances. Now, Peter and his friends have returned to the placid Wisconsin town to check out his inherited lake house and to partake in the annual 'Muskie Madness' fishing competition. Soon after his arrival, Peter begins to sense that something isn't quite right, but none of his friends, nor the local sheriff, will believe him. But as townsfolk and tourists begin to disappear, Peter becomes determined to solve the mystery, as well as that of his grandfather's disappearance, and soon finds himself facing off against a fish hook wielding madman!

The feature film debut from director Jim Mallon (Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie), BLOOD HOOK is a distinctly comedic slasher that mixes copious bloodshed with wry satire. Never released domestically in its original version, Vinegar Syndrome presents this under-seen regional horror oddity fully uncut, and featuring previously censored gore and mayhem, on Blu-ray, in a fresh cinematographer-approved restoration from its original camera negative!


In the aptly titled, Blood Hook, a mentally ill war veteran becomes a crazed killer hunting teenagers and killing them in a variety of inventive and very bloody ways during a local annual fishing tournament. This routine, very bloody teenage slasher thriller, directed by Jim Mallon, attempts to inject humor into the routine formula with uneven results. Blood Hook has little to recommend it other than some lovely Wisconsin scenery, but for fans of the genre, Blood Hook might be a refreshing change of pace.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: October 1986

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Distribution Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:50:59.277   

Disc Size: 40,109,854,104 bytes

Feature Size: 31,964,660,352 bytes

Average Bitrate: 34.87 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.



DTS-HD Master Audio English 1677 kbps 1.0 / 96 kHz / 1677 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Vinegar Syndrome

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Disc Size: 40,109,854,104 bytes

Feature Size: 31,964,660,352 bytes

Average Bitrate: 34.87 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 

Edition Details:

• “Hook, Line and Sinker” – an interview with director Jim Mallon (30:01)
• “First Blood Hook” – an interview with actress Lisa Todd (18:42)
• “What’s in the Tacklebox?” – an interview with fx artist Jim Suthers (23:12)
• Audio interview with cinematographer / editor Marsha Kahm (29:28)
• Still gallery
• Original theatrical trailer
• Limited edition slipcover designed by Chris Garofalo
• Reversible cover

Blu-ray Release Date: May 1st, 2018
Blu-ray Case inside cardboard slipcase
Chapters: 6




NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.


Vinegar Syndrome cited this as a "fresh cinematographer-approved transfer restored in 2k from its original 16mm camera negative" and give us "Blood Hook" on a dual-layered Blu-ray disc. The MPEG-4 AVC Video at a max'ed out bitrate and looks fantastic, especially given its age. Grain is evident but not overwhelming. The colors look as they should, with the mid-eighties clothing looking scarily accurate. I do not recall seeing any damage, though if there was it was minimal. The film is presented in 1.66:1 aspect ratio.

Vinegar Syndrome go authentic with a DTS-HD Master 1.0 mono track (24-bit) and it supports the film's effects (those cicadas!) and especially the score by Thomas A. Naunas (Mystery Science Theater 3000) which adds some haunting tones to the film experience, as well as mid-eighties appropriate fare (The Red Echoes song is also Naunas). It is a very full and robust mono track. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles on the Region FREE Blu-ray disc.

Vinegar Syndrome gives us many great interviews on this Blu-ray, starting with the half-hour "Hook, Line and Sinker" w/ director Jim Mallon. Jim starts by talking about what got him into filmmaking, through childhood experimental home-movies to working in TV production and comedy shorts. Jim talks about how the script came to be, how they got investors, and eventually how they marketed the film. But most fascinating is the stories of filming the movie. They used 4 or 5 lakes (including lake Owen, Round Lake, and Spider Lake) to shoot the film. There is a great story about the crew building the 'Bait Shop' on the waterfront. Casting the film is also discussed, as is the difficulty in actually finding a Muskee for the shoot (the film was originally called 'Muskee Madness'). Jim closes out the interview explaining just how he got the job at Mystery Science Theater 3000. Next up we get an almost 20-minute "First Blood Hook" interview with Lisa Todd ("Ann"). Lisa has trouble remembering some details of the shoot but what she does recall is quite revealing. She remembers a chainsaw-carving-contest scene that did not make it into the film. Also revealing are stories of her and the other cast members. Her relationship with Mark Jacobs ("Peter Van Clease") was so fraught that he wasn't speaking to her for the whole shoot. I don't want to spoil much else, but suffice to say that this is a fun interview. Next up is the 23-minute "What's in the Tacklebox?" interview with Jim Suthers, one of the fx artists on the film. Jim was a self-described "Monster-kid" growing up, and his love of special effects make-up got him into the business. He met fellow fx artist Dale Kuippers on the sets of Bill Rebane films (they got to blow up Ralph Meeker's head). Sadly, Dale is no longer with us but Jim speaks of him fondly. Jim mentions that he spent most of his time on set in the hotel working on various props/effects, so he didn't interact much with the rest of the cast/crew. He does tell a great story about getting pulled over by a local cop, that I won't spoil here. Another great watch. Next up is an audio interview with cinematographer / editor Marsha Kahm. This interview is conducted by phone (or Skype? who knows) and the audio quality isn't perfect, though it is easy to understand what is being said. Vinegar Syndrome co-founder Joe Rubin interviews Kahm, and this is a very detailed account of her experiences in film. Kahm was the cinematographer for the wonderful documentary, "I Am Divine". The film's theatrical trailer is also included, as well as a still gallery. The cover is reversible and the first copies have a limited edition slipcover (see below) designed by Chris Garofalo (limited to just 1,000 units and apparently already sold-out). Garofalo also did the cover art for "The Hearse", "Psycho Cop Returns" and "Jack Frost".


Blood Hook is a real catch! The film rises above the usual Troma fare, thanks to a wicked sense of humor and a unique setting. Vinegar Syndrome have once again outdone themselves. Normally I would want to see a commentary track but the interviews are so informative that I'm sure any info gained on such a track would be redundant. The audio visual aspect of the release is probably as good as it is ever gonna get. Highly recommended to fans of offbeat horror films and comedies.


Gary W. Tooze






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