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The Killing Kind (1973)

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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Tony Crechales (original story), Tony Crechales (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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Terry was great with the girls... until they were ALONE! See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Third billed Ruth Roman's screen time does not exceed 8 minutes. 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 Diabolique (1955) See more »

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An emotionally charged psychopath study
16 September 2007 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

Solidly well-done thriller is an effectively disturbing gem that stands out from the many drive in horror flicks of the early 70's.

After serving jail time for being accused of rape, a repressed young man returns home to his dominating mother where his desire for revenge may lead him down a murderous path.

The Killing Kind reminds me quite a bit of another relatively undiscovered gem - 1982's Night Warning, although The Killing Kind pre-dates that film by nearly 10 years. As with that film the power behind The Killing Kind lies in the sympathetic characters that drive this story. Not to mention that both films deal with the subject of unhealthy motherly obsession.

The Killing Kind though does stand firmly on it's own as a twisted character study. The story is a compelling brooder of insanity, the suspense is tightly woven, there's a good share of shocking scenes, and the performances of Sothern and Savage are excellent. Ultimately this film becomes quite the emotional roller-coaster, especially in it's somber conclusion.

Well worth seeking for those who like strong, character-driven thrillers. A shocking little rarity.

*** 1/2 out of ****


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