Death Wish Club (1984)
aka The Dark Side to Love
Genre: Bizarre Drama | Thriller
Country: USA | Director: John Carr
Language: English | Subtitles: None
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 | Length: 90mn
Dvdrip Xvid Avi – 720×544 – 29.970fps – 1.47gb
A college student falls in love with a porn star and is sucked into psychological games with her twisted sugar daddy. This is the full film of the ‘Gretta’ segment in NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR.
Director John Carr relates the compellingly bizarre story at a steady pace, presents a fascinating exploration of a freaky and seamy subculture, and tops everything off with amusing bits of quirky humor (the running gag about the voyeuristic elderly couple is a total hoot!). Philip Yordan’s offbeat and original script makes a poignant point on the great lengths and risks one is willing to make to save someone that you love. This movie further benefits from a neat array of colorful idiosyncratic characters: J. Martin Sellers as decadent millionaire George Youngmeyer, Toni Covington as the wicked Contessa Pacelli, William Charles as the suavely sinister Federico Libuse, and Norm Keefer as fey homosexual Mary Contrary. Moreover, this picture’s very strangeness gives it a singularly haunting and hypnotic quality. The sharp cinematography and Jaime Mendoza-Nava’s melodic score are both up to snuff. Worth a watch for fans of outré fringe cinema fare.
This, of course is one of the three films that were hacked down to make the trilogy movie NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR. Writer / Producer Phillip Yordan’s demented masterpiece veers from glaringly inept to downright surreal. If you’ve never seen it . . . . you must.