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The Animal (1968)

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This story is based on facts taken from authenticated newspaper files. What truly motivated Ted Andrews is not clearly known although a childhood filled with depression, hate for his mother... See full summary »

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John Alderman ...
Ted Andrews (as David Holmes)
Virginia Gordon ...
Joan Clark
Armand Atamian ...
(as Armand Atam)
Jay Fineberg ...
First Lab Technician
Janis Rhodes
Francie Hyde
Sharon Wells ...
Blonde Lesbian
Linda Stiles ...
Brunette on Phone
Inez Coup
Capri ...
Angela
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This story is based on facts taken from authenticated newspaper files. What truly motivated Ted Andrews is not clearly known although a childhood filled with depression, hate for his mother, and a lonely adult life seeded with migraine headaches was a possible start. Through the use of his telephone and a high powered telescope he terrorized his neighborhood. He peered into the private lives of people who never dreamed he was watching and what he saw only heightened his desire for perversion. Finally he became obsessed with one woman, a woman of dignity and station, of wealth and security. His plan - step by step was to degrade her, to bring her down to his level of existence, and to make her an animal. He convinces her that he will kill her ten year old son if she doesn't cooperate with him. As a result she agrees to perform for him before his telescope. He later forces her to meet him at a motel where he completes his act of degradation. The ending is as shocking as the opening. Written by pressbook synopsis

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Not quite up to director Frost's usual rancid standards
1 December 2000 | by (Minneapolis, MN) – See all my reviews

I just recently saw THE PICK-UP by the same creative team as this film and was quite impressed with that film. Though this film is still better than most in its disreputable genre, it is still disappointing when viewed up against some of Frost's other films of the period. The most original element to this film is when this black & white movie suddenly comes into color when the lead character takes LSD. Just when you expect this movie to come to life with some trippy visuals or freak-out scenes, all we get is a little murder and extortion. What a wasted opportunity!


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