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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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Symcha Lipa
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Mickey Terry
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Diz Terry (as Collin Wilcox)
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Nan Terry
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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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The spellbound suspense tightens and tightens ... moment by moment ... climaxed in one of the most surprise shock endings ever filmed! See more »

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May 1968 (USA)  »

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Lovers in Limbo  »

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$325,000 (estimated)
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Screenwriter Gary Crutcher based the Terry family on an actual family of strange women that he knew in Hollywood, California. See more »

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Written by Michael Z. Gordon (as Mike Gordon) and Stu Phillips
Sung by The Electric Prunes
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Wonderfully weird 'folie a quatre' shocker
18 August 2006 | by (fabulous Las Vega$!) – See all my reviews

Jack Lord provides a commendable performance here as a Hungarian drifter roaming the desolate American southwest. Offered lodging by three odd sisters and their equally odd mother(who are operating a last-chance gas station in a nearly abandoned town), all initially seems well enough...but little by little, bizarre secrets are revealed, and a mystery unfolds which puts our hero in mortal danger. Deceit and seduction play him like a fiddle from hell, and all parties are suspect.

Effectively eerie in a strange, evanescent way, THE NAME OF THE GAME IS KILL draws great benefit from a creditable music score and some surprisingly creative location filming by pre-famed Vilmos Zsigmond.

A pretty elusive second-string flick which has all but disappeared since its initial theatrical run, grey-market copies circulating online tend to be terribly washed-out. Sadly, that will just have to suffice ad interim until a much-anticipated legit release is brought forward. Give it a whirl, especially if you enjoy delirious 60s relics the likes of SPIDER BABY, LADY IN A CAGE, WHO KILLED TEDDY BEAR, and ANGEL, ANGEL, DOWN WE GO.

6.5/10


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