Inn of the Damned (1974)

Genres - Horror, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Hybrid Western, Slasher Film  |   Run Time - 125 min.  |   Countries - Australia   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by Cavett Binion

This Aussie/Western variation on the Psycho formula is set in the tiny Outback town of Gippsland in the 1890s, where travelers visiting a remote inn are being bumped off by a mysterious interloper. After a perfectly dreary hour or so, wily lawman Alex Cord solves the mystery that somehow managed to befuddle the rest of the cast -- it seems crackpot innkeeper Dame Judith Anderson and her husband have never quite recovered from the trauma of seeing their children killed by escaped convicts who once invaded their home, and they have been busily hacking up their guests ever since. The setting provides for some pleasant location photography and gives the film a unique look and feel, but the story is completely bogged down by dull pacing and lackluster performances -- except for Anderson, who is always a treat to watch, even when she's given little to work with.



convict, hotel, innkeeper, murder, Outback, revenge, stagecoach