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THE KILLING KIND
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Curtis Harrington

Starring:
Ann Sothern
John Savage
Ruth Roman
Luana Anders
Cindy Williams

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Not long after he's convicted of rape, a man named returns home to his Mom- who enjoys taking naughty photos of him and generally seems to be lusting after him. Soon, a young girl moves into his Mom's boarding house and Terry decides to extract revenge on society, wiping out all who stand in his way.
Is it good movie?
Well, this film is really an ancient old clunker that has gained cult status over the years, going down in infamy as a 'shocking' and 'controversial' tale that now plays really more for laughs. This isn't to say that The Killing Kind is purely disposable, because it has its moments, but for the most part, this is a collector's item for fans of the old exploitation/cult films of the 70s.

It's a weird and random film too, mixing different plots at once. You get the odd, incestuous familiar relationship, the revenge plot, and a few other quirks thrown in along the way. Though, it's played quite seriously and it does have some pretty intense scenes. The Killing Kind is strange, twisted and unapologetically unique for its time. I really have to imagine that the filmmakers were simply trying to screw with the audience a lot. Terry is really a messed up dude with a lot of problems and he's constantly building up tension until the film's end. Throughout the film he's constantly terrorizing people in various ways, and it can be unsettling at times.

Not everything is going to get to you though- in fact, I don't know how disturbing this film is so much as it is random and out of the normal realm. Some scenes (like the crib scene, or the swimming pool scream) are just laughably bad. The acting is actually good enough here, John Savage deserving the most credit for his depth of character with Terry.
Video / Audio
The 1.85:1 Anamorphic widescreen picture looks about as good as it possibly could for a 34 year old film.

Audio comes only in 2.0 Dolby, which is disappointing, but there isn't much to write home about in terms of audio presentation here anyway.
The Extras
The only feature here is a short interview with Curtis Harrington, which is actually quite interesting. The old guy comes off quite candidly and speaks well. After watching this film I felt more interested in how it was made than anything else, this interview is too short!
Last Call
I wish I could tell you what I definitively think of this film. It's strange, twisted and unique, although that didn't make everything enjoyable. If you dig retro cinema with rape, animal abuse, and Mother-Son relations, this'll be right up your alley. If not, well you might end up sad and confused like me!
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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