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Sweet Kill (1972)

Horror and suspense in the story of a psychotic maniac who literally "loves" women to death.

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Curtis Hanson

Writer:

Curtis Hanson
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tab Hunter ... Eddie Collins
Cherie Latimer Cherie Latimer ... Lauren
Nadyne Turney Nadyne Turney ... Barbara
Isabel Jewell ... Mrs. Cole
Linda Leider Linda Leider ... Vickie
Roberta Collins ... Call Girl
John Aprea ... Richard
Kate McKeown Kate McKeown ... Sherry
Angus Scrimm ... Henry (as Rory Guy)
Frank Whiteman Frank Whiteman ... Willard
Harv Selsby Harv Selsby ... Davidson
Josh Green Josh Green ... Danny
John Pearce John Pearce ... Mr. Howard
Sandy Kenyon ... Newscaster
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Horror and suspense in the story of a psychotic maniac who literally "loves" women to death.

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Arousers See more »

Filming Locations:

Venice, California, USA

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Budget:

$110,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Disappointed by the box-office generated under its original release title "Sweet Kill", Roger Corman had Curtis Hanson shoot additional sex scenes over a period of two days, to spice-up the film, and retitled it and re-released it as The Arousers. It didn't help the film's box-office much. See more »

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Unexpected routes of the movie business
27 April 2006 | by grahamclarkeSee all my reviews

Careers in the movies on occasion take unexpected routes It is highly unlikely that anyone watching "The Arousers" would have guessed that it's director and writer Curtis Hanson would one day join the ranks of Hollywood's A list. The direction shows little flair, (to be kind), while the screenplay virtually non existent.

Tab Hunter, the golden boy of Warner Brothers of the fifties, plunged towards obscurity after leaving the studios who had found a new hopeful in the form of Troy Donahue. They had no belief in his acting ability and solely utilized his legendary looks as bait for the burgeoning and lucrative teen audiences of the time. This, despite the fact that with each movie he seemed to be developing as an actor with definite potential. I recently watched an unremarkable early movie of his "Lafayette Escradille" featuring in a very minor role with hardly any lines at all, a nondescript young actor by the name of Clint Eastwood - unexpected routes indeed.

Despite the thin material and weak supporting players (other than one Nadyne Turney), Hunter turns in a remarkably astute performance. In the light of his coming out as a gay man, there is an added poignancy in his playing a character who is impervious to the charms of the numerous sexy females who throw themselves on him. While the reasons for his psychopathic behavior do not stem from latent homosexuality but rather some extremely half baked mention of his mother, perhaps Hanson utilized something of Hunter's sexuality in casting him in this role.

There really is no reason to search this one out unless you have some interest in the varied careers of Hanson or Hunter. Others may steer clear.


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