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Curtis Hanson (written by)
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Release Date:
January 1973 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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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(3 articles)
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Disappointing, Yet Still Very Unnerving See more (12 total) »

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
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 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:
Color (Metrocolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Disappointing, Yet Still Very Unnerving, 31 July 2005
Author: Sturgeon54 from United States

Current A-list director Curtis Hanson's first 1970 film portrayal of a sexually-deviant gym teacher and serial killer features an incredibly creepy performance by Tab Hunter which is so good, it raises the quality of the whole movie. Unfortunately, the production values are rather inferior: the film has the flat lighting of a TV-movie, mixed sound quality, an underdeveloped script, and a few embarrassingly awkward scenes - one with Hunter giving a male student advice about girls that reminded me of a cheap educational filmstrip, and another with police finding marijuana in a character's bathtub. With all of the realistic serial killer films which have come out since this film, it probably had greater originality when first released, as an early attempt to portray a serial killer's actions squarely in the middle of mundane everyday reality. However, part of the creepy quality here is that Hunter portrays a character who seems exceedingly normal on the outside but is obviously incredibly disturbed. The whole sexual impotence aspect of his compulsions thankfully remains low-key, as simply slipping this guy some Viagra would probably not solve his difficulties.

All in all, definitely not a bad time-filler or debut for Hanson; there are a couple of memorable shock scenes. However, for a much more substantial treatment of similar subject matter, I suggest Robert Altman's very obscure 1964 film "Nightmare in Chicago."

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