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January 1973 (USA) See more »
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Horror and suspense in the story of a psychotic maniac who literally "loves" women to death. | Add synopsis »
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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 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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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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An unsung 70s exploitation picture., 1 December 2013
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

1950s matinée idol Tab Hunter here gets a juicy role into which he can sink his teeth, and does: he plays Eddie, a Phys. Ed. teacher in Venice, California, who's sad and lonely. He has a real problem when it comes to making love to women, and it stems from a traumatic incident in his childhood (no surprise there). When he accidentally kills one young women, it sets off something inside him, and then he graduates to actually murdering the sexy ladies of Venice.

Not that this film, written, co-produced, and directed by budding young talent Curtis Hanson ("L.A. Confidential", "8 Mile"), is really about jacking up a body count. It's more of a character study than anything else, and Hunter proves up to the task of helping us get to know this man with severe psycho sexual issues. The whole film is simply but effectively done, with some solid atmosphere and a bit of gore.

There's also a delectable dose of nudity in this thing; when originally released under the title "Sweet Kill", it wasn't too successful; (uncredited) executive producer Roger Corman then went to Hanson and ordered him to "sleaze up" his film a bit with additional sex scenes. Unfortunately, this move didn't help the films' fortunes. Still, it will make many a voyeur quite happy as the female co-stars show the goods.

Hunter is well supported by the appealing Latimer, Nadyne Turney as Barbara (the one well meaning woman with whom Eddie tries to make a connection), veteran actress Isabel Jewell as a landlady, a pre-fame Angus Scrimm as her husband, 70s drive-in starlet Roberta Collins as a call girl, and John Aprea of "The Godfather Part II" as Latimers' boyfriend.

With a chilling score by Charles Bernstein as accompaniment, this is well done overall and worth a viewing for trash devotees.

Eight out of 10.

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