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Release Date:
8 October 1963 (USA) See more »
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From the shadows of their sordid haunts ... They slither like predatory beasts ... To stalk their prey! See more »
Plot:
A naive and innocent teenage girl is blackmailed into modeling in the nude for a photographer who is in league with a teenage gang whose boss illegally sells photos of teenage girls being abused and degraded. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
William Kerwin ... Harmon Johnson (as Thomas Sweetwood)
Allison Louise Downe ... Kim Sherwood (as Vickie Miles)
Lawrence J. Aberwood ... Lang (as Lawrence Wood)
Sandra Sinclair ... Sandy (as Sandy Sinclair)
Mal Arnold ... Larry
Craig Maudslay Jr. ... Ajax
Christy Foushee ... Marie (as Toni Calvert)
Doug Brennan ... Carl
Christina Castel ... Shirley
Edward Mann ... Mr. Sherwood
Lou Youngman ... Dave, punk in diner
William Caulder ... Joe, punk in diner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herschell Gordon Lewis ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Herschell Gordon Lewis  (as Lewis H. Gordon)
 
Writing credits
Herschell Gordon Lewis  (as Lewis H. Gordon)

Produced by
David F. Friedman .... producer (as Davis Freeman)
 
Original Music by
Manuel Ortiz  (as Jonas Peabody)
 
Cinematography by
Herschell Gordon Lewis  (as Marvin Lester)
 
Film Editing by
Patrick Murphy  (as James Randall)
 
Production Management
Will Johnston .... production manager
 
Sound Department
David F. Friedman .... sound (as David Mason)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robinson Charter .... electrician
 

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73 min
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Shot in six days.See more »
Quotes:
Larry:Look, I'm a minor. And the worse thing that can happen to a minor is juvenile probation which is just like Mr. Lang said.See more »
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Referenced in Mau Mau Sex Sex (2001)See more »

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
SLOW-MOVING BUT IMPROVES IN 2ND HALF!, 16 September 2004
Author: shepardjessica from sparks, nevada

This early "roughie" directed H.G. Lewis is average, but has some interesting dialogue. The main actress is SO TERRIBLE she actually seems to be this naive girl! Otherwise, well-cast and shot. A 4 out of 10. A great final shot! It's a bit long but the second half tension improves the conglomerate of bad taste. A definite morality tale. Herman Hesse would be tickled!

This must have been fascinating to see on it's release in 1963. The photographer with the strange-colored hair seems pretty realistic and I can't imagine where they found the lead girl. It's almost as if she was coached to be the complete amateur with bad timing and unbelievable pauses between lines of dialogue, but somehow she makes it work. Worth seeing.

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