The Killing Kind (1973)
Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller | Horror
Country: USA | Director: Curtis Harrington
Language: English | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 95mn
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Audio 2: Commentary with Film Historian David Del Valle and Director David Decoteau

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.

As sleazy and melodramatic as it all may sound, this is one of exploitation filmmaker Curtis Harrington’s better flicks. John Savage (the closest thing we’ve ever come to another James Dean) is intense and believable every minute as the very disturbed young man, and Ann Sothern is also impressive in one of her more bizarre character parts as the boy’s lonely mother who isn’t all there herself. Ruth Roman plays Savage’s “lousy lawyer”, while Luana Anders(of DEMENTIA 13 fame) is the creepy, repressed librarian living next door who makes several unsuccessful attempts to seduce Savage. Cindy Williams, in her pre-LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY days, plays an attractive, but none-too-bright out-of-town girl who makes the dreaded mistake of renting a room in Savage and Sothern’s home. It’s all relatively low-key, and the finale is too dramatic for it’s own good, but thankfully the movie never takes itself too seriously, and the cast, even the actors in the most minor roles, have a ball with it, making this flick a mini-classic of the early 1970’s sex/murder/exploitation genre.


The Killing Kind (1973)