Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Killing Kind (1973)

So... how's this for a premise:

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.

I hate violent movies. I also hate movies that use rape as entertainment, but I cut this film some slack as it was 1973. After watching a few minutes on Youtube (where the film exists in it's entirety), I placed an order with Amazon! I loved The Killing Kind! It was silly, scary, violent and full of 70's camp. So bad it was good. A mix of Baby Jane, Showgirls and every other cult movie that you groan and enjoy all at the same time.

I was not familiar with Ann Sothern's work, but as Terry's overbearing, enabling and incestuously inclined mother, she is a hoot to watch. John Savage is manages to be creepy, scary and yet wildly sexy, just ask the woman next door....

Directer Curtis Harrington is considered one of the forerunners of New Queer Cinema, and his list of films begs checking out! Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet, Queen of Blood, How Awful About Allan, What's the Matter with Helen?, The Dead Don't Die and especially Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? are all titles that have peaked my interest!

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