The Sadist Reviews
And for my "Went Down the Wrong Road" Backwoods horror list, I HAVE found a flick predating Lewis' Two Thousand Maniacs.
The title credits creep me out but maybe because I have a thing about eyes and their ability to scare.
"We don't like school teachers. Do we, Judy?" from this line on you know there will be some sadistic shit going down besides a simple carjacking.
I do think the "Big Man" was being a coward, as both the Sadist and hostage girl accuse. And then he keeps being "yellow" during the gun "game".
The ending sequence is a bit long and stretched out which affects its tension.
Arch Hall Jr.'s performance and the shooting style are the highlights of this film. The shot setup is really thoughtful and the best is early in the movie, where the perspective makes it feel like we the audience are holding the gun and seeing from Sadist Johnny's viewpoint.
The story is about 3 people ? a school teacher Carl Oliver (Don Russell) a Man Ed Stiles (Richard Alden) and a lady Doris Page (Helen Hovey) - driving to LA for a dodger game; and pull off to a highway roadside old yard when their car has some trouble; without knowing that they would walk into two psychotic killers ? Charlie (Arch Hall Jr.) and Judy (Marilyn Manning), who are on their road of serial killings. The three innocent tourists become captive in the hands of these serial killers ? who enjoys in hurting others.
Even though it is a black/ white flick, small budget movie, and also considered a B-grade flick mostly because of its worn out star cast the direction by James Landis is superb. He sustains the tempo and suspense and a movie nearly 45 years old still maintains being ahead of the audience?s mind.
All the actors and actresses have over-acted or not acted so well. Arch Hall Jr. is the only one who leaves a high impression on our minds as a notorious killer. The body language and face expression though exaggerated matches the craziness of his character.
The music and camera work is of top class. The movement of camera from different angles is a treat to watch. The uncanny resemblance of this character?s steering laughter and spitting is a part of Indian legend and villain ? Gabbar Singh ? a close observation would reveal this.
A good movie
(Stars 7 out of 10)