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Curtis Hanson (written by)
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Release Date:
January 1973 (USA) See more »
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They take on all comers!
Plot:
Horror and suspense in the story of a psychotic maniac who literally "loves" women to death. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (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
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Angel Fox ... (uncredited)
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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 M. Falkinburg .... 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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Runtime:
85 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia:
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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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (V)See more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Unexpected routes of the movie business, 27 April 2006

Careers in the movies on occasion take unexpected routes It is highly unlikely that anyone watching "The Arousers" would have guessed that it's director and writer Curtis Hanson would one day join the ranks of Hollywood's A list. The direction shows little flair, (to be kind), while the screenplay virtually non existent.

Tab Hunter, the golden boy of Warner Brothers of the fifties, plunged towards obscurity after leaving the studios who had found a new hopeful in the form of Troy Donahue. They had no belief in his acting ability and solely utilized his legendary looks as bait for the burgeoning and lucrative teen audiences of the time. This, despite the fact that with each movie he seemed to be developing as an actor with definite potential. I recently watched an unremarkable early movie of his "Lafayette Escradille" featuring in a very minor role with hardly any lines at all, a nondescript young actor by the name of Clint Eastwood - unexpected routes indeed.

Despite the thin material and weak supporting players (other than one Nadyne Turney), Hunter turns in a remarkably astute performance. In the light of his coming out as a gay man, there is an added poignancy in his playing a character who is impervious to the charms of the numerous sexy females who throw themselves on him. While the reasons for his psychopathic behavior do not stem from latent homosexuality but rather some extremely half baked mention of his mother, perhaps Hanson utilized something of Hunter's sexuality in casting him in this role.

There really is no reason to search this one out unless you have some interest in the varied careers of Hanson or Hunter. Others may steer clear.

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