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January 1973 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Tab Hunter ... Eddie Collins
Cherie Latimer ... Lauren
Nadyne Turney ... Barbara

Isabel Jewell ... Mrs. Cole
Linda Leider ... Vickie
Roberta Collins ... Call Girl

John Aprea ... Richard
Kate McKeown ... Sherry

Angus Scrimm ... Henry (as Rory Guy)
Frank Whiteman ... Willard
Harv Selsby ... Davidson
Josh Green ... Danny
John Pearce ... Mr. Howard

Sandy Kenyon ... Newscaster
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angel Fox ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Curtis Hanson 
Writing credits
Curtis Hanson (written by)

Produced by
Tamara Asseyev .... producer
Curtis Hanson .... producer
Roger Corman .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Charles Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Ed Anderson  (as Edmund Anderson)
Daniel Lacambre 
Film Editing by
Gretel Ehrlich 
Art Direction by
James Kenney 
Set Decoration by
Douglas Stevenson 
Production Management
R.R. Thomas .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
R.R. Thomas .... assistant director
Sound Department
Lee Alexander .... sound mixer
Rimas Tumasonis .... boom operator
James Nelson .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Murray .... key grip (as Johnny Murray)
Leslie Otis .... assistant camera
Glenn Roland .... gaffer (as Glenn Roland Jr.)
Joel Sussman .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Bill Berry .... negative cutter
Phil Gries .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Charles Bernstein .... conductor
Milton Lustig .... music editor
Other crew
Joyce Buchman .... assistant to producer
Beach Dickerson .... production liaison
Bonnie Hastings .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"A Kiss from Eddie" - USA (alternative title)
"The Arousers" - USA (reissue title)
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85 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Disappointed by the box-office generated under its original release title "Sweet Kill", Roger Corman had Curtis Hanson shoot additional sex scenes over a period of two days, to spice-up the film, and retitled it and re-released it as The Arousers. It didn't help the film's box-office much.See more »
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Roger Corman saves the day with his B.B.B, 13 March 2016
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

"Sweet Kill" was the very first film of writer/director Curtis Hanson who would become reasonably successful and acclaimed more than twenty years later thanks to a couple of popular mainstream titles such as "The River Wild", the Oscar-winning "LA Confidential", "Wonder Boys" and the Eminem biography "8 Mile". But like so many other now famous & influential film makers (Francis Ford Coppola, Jack Nicholson, James Cameron, Joe Dante, Jonathan Demme…), Curtis Hanson in fact owes his entire career to the support and mentoring of one of the most important individuals in the history of cinema; namely Roger – "King of the B's" - Corman. Back when "Sweet Kill" was first released and quickly turned out unsuccessful at the box-office, it was executive producer Roger Corman who came to the rescue and instructed Curtis Hanson to add a lot more female nudity and change the title to "The Arousers". It didn't help all that much, but at least and thanks to Corman we're treated to copious amounts of gratuitous B, B and B (which stands for boobs, bums and bush). During the first five minutes, for example, 3 different nameless and totally random women are walking nonchalantly through the screen butt-naked! Not taking into account all the bare female flesh, "Sweet Kill" is half fascinating and half of a failure. The film is undoubtedly inspired (like countless of other movies) by Hitchcock's "Psycho", with another cinematic madman that is actually good- looking and sophisticated, but socially incompetent due to his sexual fixation on mommy. Hanson introduces Tab Hunter, a former poster-boy from the fifties, as an introvert serial killer slash gym teacher Eddie Collins. Numerous beautiful and predatory women literally throw themselves at Eddie, but he's only turned on when he pays a prostitute to dress up like his own mother. "Sweet Kill" opens quite promisingly, with the murder of some beach girl and subsequently the hiding of her corpse in the pigeon loft above his apartment (where she remains throughout the entire movie, by the way) but then the film gets gradually more boring, repetitive and predictable. I'm honestly convinced that Curtis Hanson wanted to draw a profound and insightful portrait of his protagonist serial killer, but Eddie Collins remains a bland and largely uninteresting character and he hardly ever succeeds in generating suspense or discomfort. It's a forgettable film, with a nevertheless good performance of Tab Hunter and a fairly uncanny score, and you could probably never guess from this early work that Curtis Hanson would hold an Oscar for best screenplay in his hands 25 years later.

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