Shadows stalk the night. Some belong to desperate men in hobo masks, others to switchblade-wielding New Wave dominatrixes -- but they’re all cast against the urine-soaked asphalt by the throbbing pulse of sex-colored neon and remorseless gunfire. Welcome to hatred, pain, suicide, misanthropy and inescapable hopelessness. Welcome to swastika cummerbunds, barbed wire strangulations and gambling-addicted priests impaled on wrought-iron fences. The apocalypse has a name. And it’s CARDS OF DEATH.
Written and directed in 1986 by Hollywood veteran W.G. MacMillan (who appeared in the “Dirty Harry” sequel THE ENFORCER), this shot-on-video scuzz-sex-slice-and-dicer has long been described as the “holy grail of slasher movies,” mostly for its sheer rarity among VHS collectors. Though it was an American production, CARDS OF DEATH was briefly released on VHS exclusively in Japan before disappearing completely, without even a listing on IMDB.