An early entry in b-movie director Fred Olen Ray's prolific career, Scalps follows a group of archaeological students on an illegal dig where they end up releasing vengeful Native American spirits. In format it's a simple slasher, but the addition of the unique settings, situations and villain help set it apart. Despite this being a severely low budget and almost guerilla-style film, I can't overlook its negatives. It's downright ugly. The lighting is drab, the camerawork amateurish and the continuity uneven. I'll give it points for some creative antagonists and a halfway decent ending, but overall that's not much.
1½ lion faces out of 5