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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:
Harmon Johnson:All right, Sandy. Let's shoot something else. You know. The stuff that sells. Off with the top.
Sandy:All right, but I told you before. I'm not double jointed.
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Referenced in Mau Mau Sex Sex (2001)See more »

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5 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Good--for a Hershell Gordon Lewis film, 14 September 2003
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

An innocent girl Kim (Allison Louise Downe) is forced to pose topless to pay for her college tuition.

The script is actually pretty good (except for a few clunky lines) and the direction is VERY good--for Herschell Gordon Lewis. The man made a lot of infamous blood and gore films of the 1960s--they were badly acted, directed and scripted but the plentiful gore kept you watching. But with this film something happened--he photographed in B&W and he actually wrote a fairly good script. Also there are a few competently directed sequences. Still it's really a bad film because of one thing--the acting. It's just AWFUL!!!!! It's just beyond belief how bad everybody is in the film (especially Downe). Also, despite the subject matter, there is no nudity. They come close but this would probably get by with a PG-13 rating today. So, a pretty good script and direction ruined by lousy acting. I'm sure some people are reading this and thinking I've lost my mind but seriously--HG Lewis made a fairly serious, good film!

One hilarious mistake--at one point Kim gets a letter addressed to her in Detroit MI--yet all the exterior shots show palm trees that only grow in CA!!!!

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