30 August 2014

The Killing Kind (1973)
95 min.
Directed by Curtis Harrington.
With Ann Sothern, John Savage, Ruth Roman, Luana Anders, Cindy Williams, Sue Bernard, Marjorie Eaton, Peter Brocco.
Superior grindhouse-style thriller from director Curtis Harrington.

After serving two years in prison for rape, Terry (Savage) returns home to mom Sothern and her boarding house.

But revenge beckons Terry. Soon, the girl he originally raped is found dead...his defense lawyer found burned alive...and will pretty new boarder (Williams) be next?

Who will be last?

Excellently paced, Sothern is a real standout as the overblown, doting mother who realizes the deadly truth about her disturbed son.

Entirely different from some of his other features - such as Who Slew Auntie Roo? and What's the Matter with Helen? - the gritty power of Killing Kind proves how adroit and versatile director Harrington truly was.

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