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The Killing Kind (1973)

| Crime, Drama, Horror
Young Terry Lambert returns home from serving a prison term for a gang-rape he was forced to participate in. He seeks revenge on his lawyer and the girl who framed him. But his real problem... See full summary »

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Curtis Harrington
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Cast overview:
Ann Sothern ... Thelma Lambert
John Savage ... Terry Lambert
Ruth Roman ... Rhea Benson
Luana Anders ... Louise
Cindy Williams ... Lori Davis
Sue Bernard Sue Bernard ... Tina Moore
Marjorie Eaton ... Mrs. Orland
Peter Brocco ... Louise's Father
Helene Winston ... Flo
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Young Terry Lambert returns home from serving a prison term for a gang-rape he was forced to participate in. He seeks revenge on his lawyer and the girl who framed him. But his real problem is his overbearing mother, whose boarding house he resides in and who keeps bringing him glasses of chocolate milk. One of her boarders, Lori, becomes attracted to him. However, while he was serving his prison sentence, Terry developed an interest in rough, violent sex, and gory death. Now, one by one, some of the town's women pop up dead. Written by alfiehitchie

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ruth Roman was required to film her scenes repeatedly in order to attain perfection, and the shoot stretched on until around 5 a.m. for several consecutive nights. See more »

Quotes

Louise: Have you ever been so bored that it actually made you sick? I mean sick!
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Alternate Versions

The 1987 UK video (released as "The Psychopath") was cut by 9 secs to remove shots of nudity during the opening rape scene. See more »

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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Relentless tale of loneliness and murderous desire
29 October 2007 | by Esther_7See all my reviews

Love it, love it, love it. This genuinely compelling tale is an unsung classic of horror & exploitation cinema, and one of Harrington's finest films. It has recently (Fall 2007) been released on DVD for the first time, barring one poor quality cheapie version referenced in another review here. Very exciting to see a decent quality print of it for the first time. The tone of The Killing Kind seems really unusual to a modern viewer because it is slow, quiet, and meditative - not what we have come to expect from a horror film. The story centers on a desperately lonely single mother (Thelma) with inappropriate feelings for her son (Terry), who for his part is tormented by his own thwarted desires and the aggression of the women around him. Southern and Savage give powerful performances and the dynamic between them is intense. Harrington said that Southern tried to upstage the other actors, but was herself intimidated by Savage. Their tension adds to the believability of their twisted relationship. Luana Anders is fantastic as the clinically depressed, sexually frustrated spinster next door. Ruth Roman, with her caftan and 3-packs day voice, is also perfect casting. Special props to Marjorie Eaton as Mrs. Orland.


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