Amsterdamned (1988)

Dir: Dick Maas
Star: Huub Stapel, Monique Van De Ven, Serge-Henri Valcke, Hidde Maas

Something nasty is prowling the canals of Amsterdam, doing away with a selection of inhabitants at a rate of knots. A swim ‘n’ slash pic? Maybe, it’s just like we’re back in 1981, save a lack of teenagers. There’s a bit of a cop-out at the end – to say more would spoil the deftly (or indeed, Delft-ly) generated tension. A slight air of Dutch Tourist Board here; you get to see Rembrandt’s The Night Watch on a flimsy pretext, but is at least tulip-free. It reminds me of Taggart with bad dubbing. Nice boat chase, too.