Love Me Deadly Reviews
Just barely watchable, movie about mentally unstable woman and a cult of killers. Strange and misses the mark as often as it hits.
A beautiful blond (played by Mary Wilcox) with daddy issues is making the rounds at funeral homes, attending funerals of young to middle aged men in order to get some alone time with the deceased to get her freak on. A macabre funeral director takes notice in here multiple appearances and invites here to join a group who share the same desires. Struggling with her fetish, she can't break her attraction despite falling in love and marrying. Will her husband find out about her ghoulish past time activities?
Though it has disturbing scenes, writer/director Jacques Lacerte handles the subject matter with maturity and doesn't go the route of complete gross-out just for the effect of making audiences throw up in their barf buckets. The plot is engrossing as we follow this beauty and here self-discovery of here grotesque deserves. Actress Mary Wilcox effectively establishes the war within herself, knowing the act is wrong but can't help but caving in. There is an interesting subplot which revolves around our macabre funeral home director that accosts gay gigolos only to kill them to have his way with them after death.
The film does tread into some unintentional laughter territory as our Necro Blond does lead several of here friends and family members into the funeral home only to have them killed off. Seriously, it's like three or four times. I'm surprised the funeral home director just didn't have her killed off in order to save on headache of killing people that discovered his secret coven of necrophiliacs.
For a low budget drive-in flick, director Jacques Lacerte could have easily taken the film into gross-out territory in order to sell more tickets and I applaud him for taking the film more seriously. Still the sick premises does have a number of disturbing scenes but the film overall is a slow burner, taking it's time to build up to a memorable ending. Don't expect any jump scares or sheer terror, "Love Me Deadly" is a slow builder of creepy and off-beat atmosphere and definitely worth a watch for fans of horror films that lie a little outside the box, or would a better term be casket?
After the death of her father, Lindsay (Mary Wilcox) just isn't right in the head. She goes to funerals to hang around afterward and get touchy-feely with the corpses. In the course of this, she meets two men. One is a fellow necrophile, the other is the brother of one of the deceased. The necrophile isn't content to wait around for corpses; he makes them himself. In one of the best shock moments early in the film, he picks up and exsanguinates a male prostitute. The brother of the deceased (Lyle Waggoner), on the other hand, reminds her of daddy. Lindsay gets involved with him and they get married, but not before she's fallen into the clutches of a necrophile group that's been killing people and fiddling about with the fresh corpses. A couple of stabbings later, Lindsay has to defend hubby from the killers, leading at last to the big reveal as to Lindsay's hand in the death of her father.
What was mind-boggling shock in 1973 doesn't pack too much punch in 2010. "Love Me Deadly" has its moments, but much of it gets a bit tedious or even laughable now (the scene in the cemetery, with Lindsay regressing to childhood at her father's grave, gets particularly silly; watch for Lyle Waggoner trying to emote and failing miserably). This is definitely one for the 70's buffs, though. "Nekromantik" meets Jerry Springer at the local morgue.
Lindsay, trying to force a ?normal? relationship, goes on a date with a pushy, womanizing jerk named Wade (Christopher Stone) and begins spying on art gallery owner Alex because he resembles her dead father. Fred notices Lindsay?s been hanging around at funeal services and is getting touchy feely with the bodies and lets her know, ?You are not alone.? Turns out Fred?s the leader of a secret society of hooded necrophiliacs who meet together and share their hobby late at night at his establishment. After going to pick up another prostitute (female this time), he sends Lindsay an invite. She goes, walks in on room full of nude necros getting down with a corpse and runs away in disgust. Fred promises to let her have a ?private session?with a corpse to help ease her into this new and exciting (?) lifestyle.
Lindsay begins spending more and more time with Alex and the two eventually get married, but Alex is frustrated because his new bride sleeps in a different bedroom and won?t have sex with him. He becomes even more suspicious when she?s caught lying about sneaking off to the funeral home. The fact she's been receiving priority letters from McSweeney Funeral Home on a regular basis doesn't look good either. The bad news for him, and for anyone else who happens to stumble upon the secret society, is that they?re immediately killed.
There have been many other movies made before this one with a discreet hint of necrophilia, but this is one of the earliest I can think of that completely revolves around it and seems to be trying to maturely delve into psychological aspects instead of using the subject matter simply to shock. Lindsay is shown as a woman who desperately wants to be normal, but can?t. She?s far too overwhelmed by her urge to be with the dead to have a healthy relationship with a consenting adult. What most would deem sick and immoral is normal and comforting to her... and a select few others. Frequent flashbacks (some sepia toned) to Lindsay?s youth try to shed some light on why she is the way she is.