The Sadist

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Three teachers find themselves terrorized by a crazed young thug in this taut chiller. The innocent three are en route to Dodger Stadium when their car breaks down and they are stranded at an apparently abandoned gas station. Unfortunately, the psycho punk and his dim-witted partner appear and capture them. If there is one thing the punk hates above all others it's teachers and when he finds out the occupation of his hostages, the blood begins to flow. The scenes of violence and torture are particularly well-done and realistic. The film is also titled Profile of Terror and Face of Terror.

Cast

Richard Alden
as Ed Stiles
Helen Hovey
as Doris Page
Arch Hall Jr.
as Charley Tibbs
Marilyn Manning
as Judy Bradshaw
Don Russell
as Carl Oliver

Critic Reviews for The Sadist

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Audience Reviews for The Sadist

  • Oct 22, 2012
    An intense thriller that started a huge trend in horror that's more prominent today than ever, yet, most cannot match the skill of this low budget feature. Do not miss this!
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2011
    even lower budget than 'decoy' but it was shot by vilmos zsigmond, which might explain it's lingering effect. arch hall jr is creepy as hell. this is on youtube
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2011
    Three schoolteachers are held hostage in a junkyard by a serial killer (based on Charles Starkweather). B-movie gem that alchemizes a greasy, over-the-top performance by failed teen idol Arch Hall, Jr. with a taut and tawdry script to produce masterful suspense.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2009
    Second time watching this. First time was on Rob Zombie hosted TCM Underground but I was too stoned to remember the whole thing. Second time is right now on RealPlayer SuperPass (and I'm sure a few other streaming services offer it too). 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.
    _kelly . Super Reviewer

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