Wacko (1982) Reviewed
Before the Wayans brothers ripped off the Zucker-Abrahams (Airplane!, Top Secret!, Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad) formula to poorly riff on horror movies, there was Wacko. This wildly uneven comedy never got a U.S. DVD release and probably won’t get one any time soon. The “lawnmower killer” is on the loose terrorizing one small town’s lone teen virgin, played by a pre-Newhart Julia Duffy. Joe Don Baker is the hard-boiled, over-caffeinated cop, George Kennedy is Duffy’s pervy, pedo, doctor dad, and Andrew (hadn’t added the “Dice” yet) Clay is Tony Schlongini, an Italian-stereotype/big-walking-dick-joke combo. To give you an indication of Wacko‘s subtley; one character’s name is- straight-up- Norman Bates. Early-80s slasher films are the main target for Wacko‘s quivver of blunt pokes and everything from Friday the 13th to Prom Night is referenced. This kind of dumbed-down tastelessness ran rampant in the 80s and, if nothing else, Wacko serves as a nostalgic reminder of the type of low-brow VHS rentals that entertained basements full of middle-schoolers at summer sleep-overs.