The Killing Kind (1973)
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Critic Reviews for The Killing Kind
Despite the anticipation for the film's only director-approved release, 'The Killing Kind' is far from a classic.
Underrated creepy thriller from Harrington.
Audience Reviews for The Killing Kind
Ann Sothern gives what is probably the best performance ever on a B-movie, giving dimenion and depth to her character through subtlety and emotion. As for the rest of the film, well, it isn't bad, actually, but it's just kind of lost when it comes to focus. It's an interesting character study in its own right, but it could've been way better. Nevertheless, it remains very reminiscnent of 'Psycho' given the way it explores how much a mover's love affects a child.
Curtis Harrington had one of the more varied careers in American cinema: an avant garde filmmaker; a studio executive for Columbia; a hired gun on network TV shows; and the director of a string of acclaimed, low-budget exploitation films. The Killing Kind is one of the latter: a bizarre and gripping study of psychopathology and mother love with more than a few nods to Hitchcock's Psycho. It stars John Savage, a number of years before he did The Deer Hunter, and he is both adorably sweet and frighteningly disturbing as a young killer seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. Also excellent are the leading ladies in the film, including two Hollywood has beens (Ann Sothern, Ruth Roman) and one soon to be (Cindy Williams). The film never quite reaches the level of demented psychodrama that it occasionally promises, and it has a few slow stretches, but it is always compellingly off-key. Due to poorly handled distribution, the film never really got a theatrical release, and was effectively a "lost" film until Dark Sky recently put it out on DVD. Welcome back!
This movie was better then I thought it would be. Ann Southern was a excellent actress in this movie, reminded me of an Aunt I used to have, she was fun to. Not to scary just a 1973 Drive In Type Movie. Good for a Friday Night rental.
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