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The Name of the Game Is Kill! (1968)

A desert family offers a traveling stranger its hospitality, but the stranger doesn't realize exactly what they have in store for him.

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A desert family offers a traveling stranger its hospitality, but the stranger doesn't realize exactly what they have in store for him.

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About five minutes of footage setting up the ghost town at the beginning was shot, but ultimately cut from the film for pacing reasons. See more »

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Written by Michael Z. Gordon (as Mike Gordon) and Stu Phillips
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Jack Lord encounters strange and perhaps deadly females
14 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Into an isolated desert town comes Hungarian hitchhiker, Jack Lord, after being picked up by friendly Susan Strasberg driving a Jeep. It turns out she's one of three grown up sisters living with their mom. Their livelihood is a garage. One sister has a small menagerie of rattlers and a tarantula, her pet. What a strange crew this is. The sisters are all sex-starved, and one might think that a scenario like "The Beguiled" (1971) will play out. It doesn't. Lord is stuck on Strasberg, although he claims he can't fall in love. She's stuck on him. The other sisters are jealous.

All three sisters and the mom have different stories to tell about what happened to their dad when they were young and what happened to Strasberg's last beau, who disappeared. All we know is what we see at the outset in a flashback. Someone bashed someone else with a statue. We know something else. Someone who can drive a car ran down Lord as he left the next morning. Two sisters, Tisha Sterling and Collin Wilcox both have abnormal psychology. Strasberg may not be far behind; she can drive and she badly wanted Lord to stay around and help her dream of making it to San Francisco. We also wonder about the mother of such children for whom violence seems to be far from being a distant trait.

I wonder if this film is telling us something about the unwholesomeness of the American family, or of the delicate state of mind of the American female, or what isolation does to a family, or early childhood trauma, or about the blindness induced by love (as in Jack Lord), or about genetic problems running in families. It seems to be saying that dangers lurk beneath the surface and that there are skeletons in every closet.


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