Cards of Death (found slasher film; 1986)
Photos of a copy of the film that was sold online in 2008.
Date found: 25 Aug '15
Found by: Unknown
Cards of Death is a 1986 slasher film directed by actor W.G. MacMillan, his first and only time directing a feature film. It is seen by some as the "holy grail of slasher films" due to its rarity. Shot on video in 1985 in California, the film, despite only being available in English, was released on VHS exclusively in Japan on Sony's "Exciting Video" sub-label in 1986 in limited quantities. The gore effects (provided by Bryan Moore, who has since provided special effects for 1987's Dolls and 2006's Underworld: Evolution) were considered "in-your-face and over the top", and it is assumed that this was why the film only ever received a commercial release in Japan due to the Japanese market being more accustomed to gore since the release of movies such as the Guinea Pig series at the time.
Cards of Death centers around a cult-like group in LA, spearheaded by a mysterious man known as Hog, that holds gatherings to gamble with their lives. The group, consisting of males in rubber masks and females in dominatrix gear, meet up and be handed a random card from a Tarot deck, and a poker-like game would begin. The one holding the Death card at the end would be killed, with victims dying in a variety of graphic and sadistic ways, such as a woman being crushed to death in a "shrinking" room. The person with the winning hand would win money, but would also have to kill the loser within 24 hours, or else both of them would be killed. The police are also involved in the film, trying to solve the increasingly frequent murders.
The film also contains elements of rape, masochism, drug use, vampirism (ie. a scene in which two nude female lovers make out next to a corpse, after having previously drank the corpse's blood from a wine glass), and a notable scene from the beginning of the film, in which a police officer has his nose sliced off.
While the film has been re-released, both the original and re-release versions of the film are very rare and are mostly owned by film collectors and reviewers, some of which provided screenshots. However, on August 25, 2015, an unknown person uploaded a rip of the film on Women In Prison Films.