Berserker (1987 film)

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Berserker FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jefferson Richard
Produced by Jules Rivera
Written by Joseph Kaufman
Jefferson Richard
Starring Valerie Sheldonas
Beth Toussaint
Sami Ruben
Joseph Alan Jones
Mike Riley
Music by Chuck Francour
Gary Griffin
Cinematography Henning Schellerup
Edited by Marcus Manton
Distributed by Shapiro Entertainment
Release date
  • July 1987 (1987-07)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Berserker, also known as Berserker: The Nordic Curse, is a 1987 American slasher film written and directed by Jefferson Richard. The film centers on a group of campers who are stalked and murdered by a Viking berserker.


According to an old Nordic legend, a Berserker was a bloodthirsty warrior who ate human flesh, forbidden a restful death and fated to be reincarnated in their blood kin. A summer camp accidentally stumbles across the Berserker legend when it arises in Rainbow Valley, an area settled by Norwegian immigrants. The camp is abuzz with rumours of a wild bear killing people in the area, including speculation about an old couple who get lost. But is it really a bear?


  • Valerie Sheldonas as Monica
  • Beth Toussaint as Kate
  • Sami Ruben as Allie
  • Joseph Alan Jones as Jerry
  • Mike Riley as the Berserker


Parts of the film were shot at Big Cottonwood Canyon in Utah.[1]


Home media

The film was released on DVD by Quantum Leap on October 22, 2001. It was later released by Hollywood DVD on August 2, 2004. [2]


Andrew Smith from Popcorn Pictures awarded the film a score of 3/10, writing, Berserker sounded great and could have become a little slasher gem but the lack of the berserker on-screen is disappointing and ‘Gentle Ben’ the bear doesn’t have any need to be in here. One to avoid unless you are have a burning desire to see every 80s slasher film".[3] Todd Martin from offered the film similar criticism, calling it "a boring, confusing, hokey, mess of a film".[4] Will and Roni agree that the Viking element was underplayed.


  1. ^ D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.
  2. ^ "Berserker (1987) - Jef Richard, Henning Schellerup". AllMovie. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  3. ^ Smith, Andrew. "Berserker (1987)". Popcorn Andrew Smith. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  4. ^ Martin, Todd. "Film Review: Berserker (1987)". Todd Martin. Retrieved 18 June 2018.

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