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Sweet Kill (1972)

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

Director:

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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They take on all comers!

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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Sleazy and rather unsettling thriller.
28 April 2006 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

A handsome and lonely gym teacher Eddie Collins can't perform sexually due to his constant watching of his mother undress while he hid in her closet as a child.His only recourse is to kill the women he tries to sleep with and stash them in a pigeon hutch on his roof.He hires a prostitute to dress as his dead mother,the only way he is able to achieve sexual gratification..."The Arousers" is the first film of director Curtis Hanson.Originally shot in 1971 under the title "Sweet Kill",this film lingered on the shelf until 1973 when executive producer Roger Corman had Hanson shoot two days of nudity inserts to spice-up the film.Angus Scrimm of "Phanatsm" fame has a small cameo here.Overall,this is a good piece of sleaze from the early 70's that should satisfy the exploitation fans out there looking for plenty of nudity,sex and violence.7 out of 10.


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