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The Sadist (1963)

Unrated  |   |  Thriller  |  1967 (West Germany)
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Three people driving into Los Angeles for a Dodgers game have car trouble and pull off into an old wrecking yard where they are held at bay by a bloodthirsty psycho and his crazy girlfriend.

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Three people driving into Los Angeles for a Dodgers game have car trouble and pull off into an old wrecking yard where they are held at bay by a bloodthirsty psycho and his crazy girlfriend.

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A much more graphic image of Don Russell being shot in the head was planned, but when the special effect for the scene failed to look convincing on camera the production went with a different shot. See more »

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Charlie has a crippled walk which comes and goes throughout the film. See more »

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Charles A. 'Charlie' Tibbs: I have been hurt by others. And I will hurt them. I will make them suffer like I have suffered.
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Ninety-Five Minutes of Terror
8 February 2004 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

Something rare happens about 10 minutes into THE SADIST. What starts out as an ordinary, low-budget, moderately-acted little B movie turns into an actual experience of terror. All considerations of budget or artistry are set aside when this film grasps the viewer in its vise-like grip and never lets go. It all just seems so real. The final fifteen minutes will haunt many viewers long afterward. This is a small cinematic gem that taps into the most basic human fears and portrays them so realistically that, for some, it will be unbearable.

Arch Hall, Jr. is know to bad movie aficionados for his participation in some amusingly clunky atrocities from the early 1960s, such as EEGAH. So his performance in THE SADIST comes as a huge surprise. This is a characterization of fierce, elemental horror: a damaged young man on a killing spree, devoid of mercy and unwilling to listen to any rational thought. Hall has a beady-eyed, pudgy-faced look that is the stuff of nightmares. And he is accompanied by an incredibly creepy, whispering girlfriend (Marilyn Manning) who seems to feed him ideas.

The victims, who become real people upon the appearance of the Sadist, are quite also very well-realized---three semi-nerdy school teachers who embody every human vulnerability from paternal love to stark mortal terror. Richard Alden, Don Russell, and the beautiful Helen Hovey are people we will not soon forget. Russell, in particular, emotes a terrible psychic agony in one great sequence.

Director James Landis exerts the kind of taut control over THE SADIST that many of today's film makers could learn from. There is no gore. But there are no dead spots, no pointless comic relief. The film's exposition is just long enough to establish victims' characters and to build, very gradually, to the appearance of the villain. From there on in, it's all heightened "reality".


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