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The Musings of an Eccentric Diva

Welcome to the Musings of an Eccentric Diva. My motto is: Giving Hollyweird movies the finger one movie at a time. Enter at your own risk (insert evil Vincent Price laughter here).
 


MOVIE REVIEW: The Sadist 1963

Three school teachers travel to Dodgers Stadium for a baseball game. Their car breaks down in a desert town off the highway. The crew stumble across a filling station/salvage yard that has just come under new "ownership" by sniveling psycho killer Charlie Tibbs (Arch Hall Jr). He is accompanied by his childlike and equally psychotic girlfriend Judy(Marilyn Manning). Charlie and Judy are on the run from the law and need a car to get to their next destination. Armed with a gun, Charlie forces the teachers to repair their car so he and Judy can escape. In the meantime, he plays a sick game of cat and mouse with the crew. Turns out ol Charlie boy has a vendetta against teachers because they gave his beloved Judy a hard time when she was in school. The trio of teachers must use their wits to escape the clutches of the demented pair of thrill killers who are just itching to add to their body count. No more spoilers from me ya'll.

Normally I would not watch a film this old. I stumbled across this coming in from a night of clubbing. The snickering human Chucky Doll killer intrigued me so I decided to keep watching, and I'm very glad I did. This movie was hilarious and suspenseful. I thought this would be just another bad B-movie but it turned out to be darn good, so good that I'm buying a copy. I've become somewhat of a fan of Arch Hall Jr, he falls into the "so bad, he's good" territory. Not only was the character a sadist, he seemed semi-retarded as well. The DVD cover of this film captures exactly how he looks in the film, ridiculous unibrow and all. The film had great plot twists and the ending was totally unexpected. The subject matter of this film was probably very shocking for 1963 but tame by today's standards.

VERDICT: 3 Soul Claps (take that Wayans Brothers!)

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