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The Photographer (1974)

A murder story with a comedic twist. A famous photographer uses his models for more than taking pictures. He needs them as victims to satisfy his blood-lust. Each murder becomes more bizarre than the next.


William Byron Hillman (as William B. Hillman)


William Byron Hillman (as William B. Hillman)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Callan ... Adrian Wilde
Barbara Nichols ... Mrs. Wilde
Harold J. Stone ... Lt. Luther Jacoby
Edward Andrews ... Sgt. Sid Collins
Jed Allan ... Joe Hennesey
Spencer Milligan ... Clinton Webber
Susan Damante ... Quinn Lovette
Liv Lindeland ... Mrs. Fowler
Patty Bodeen Patty Bodeen ... Candy Fain
Betty Anne Rees ... Karri Stephenson
Jennifer Leak ... Elowise Atkins
Ronda Copland Ronda Copland ... Lisa Tuttle
Isabel Sanford ... Mrs. Slade
Rai Bartonious Rai Bartonious ... Murf
Billy Hillman Billy Hillman ... Young Adrian Wilde


A murder story with a comedic twist. A famous photographer uses his models for more than taking pictures. He needs them as victims to satisfy his blood-lust. Each murder becomes more bizarre than the next.

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Director/Distributor Sage Stallone was such a fan of "The Photographer (1974)" he bought all rights, territories, and negatives in perpetuity. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1974, when independently released in Japan there was an unrated version with at least 10 minutes of extra horror and story plot. This was before Avco Embassy Pictures purchased it worldwide. The next year (1975) it premiered in America with a PG rating. Then yet again as an Avco re-release with new artwork in (1976). In (2011) Grindhouse Releasing Corp. will be touring the country and abroad with new prints of the original unrated/uncut version. See more »

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Hardcore "B" movie fans will find a gem or two, but nobody else will.
2 September 2013 | by corsetedSee all my reviews

Awesomely bad movie. The mention of Sage Stallone buying the rights in perpetuity are correct, that he "was such a fan" may be a cover story...

...industry gossip from "back in the day" said that Harold J. Stone (It might have been one of the other actors, or I seem to recall Sly Stone funded it, or? someone have more info on this?) was so embarrassed by the film that he bought it, as in ALL of it, pulled it and tanked it - only a few days after its release. This may be why nobody, or only hard- core B-movie searchers have seen it or found it.

I saw it when I was thirteen - Mom took me as a break from the stifling heatwave we were having at the time. To put it this way: there were six people in the theater, when the other four left the projectionist came down and said we did not have to stay. We stayed to the end simply because we had already endured about half of it.

Premise - Photographer with a lurid twist of personality disorder does more than simply photograph his models.

The levity (I had no idea it was billed as a comedy) comes from the interaction of the lead investigator and pretty much anyone else in the movie. If you find a way to view this, watch for the best of moments in the coroner's offices.

I wish there was a zinger I could entice you with about this movie, but I guess it can only be said it is marginally better than Plan Nine from Outer Space (I did walk out of that - took three tries to see that lurid PO...)

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Release Date:

5 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mord i närbild See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$925,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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