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A redneck con artist sets himself up as a preacher in a small Deep South town to run his moonshine distillery and clashes with a number of locals and a federal agent bent on shutting his operation down. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Jeffrey Allen ... Rev. Roscoe Boone

Tim Holt ... Agent Clark
Gloria King ... Elsie
Ray Sager ... Grady
Eric Bradly ... Sam (as Erich Bradly)
Terence McCarthy ... Carter
Ronna Riddle ... Lynn

Larry Drake ... Bubba
Jack Garner ... Turnip (as John Garner)
Bill Mays ... George the Sheriff
Lee Danser ... Zeke
Pamela Polsgrove ... Mary Ellen
Doffy Candler ... Beau
Skip Nicholson ... Lawyer Grimes
Carol Merrill ... Bubba's Nurse
Pamela Bloomfield ... Marcia
Debbie Gardiner ... Janet
Prentis Smithson ... Agent Markel
Bob Fisher ... Glenn
Jerry Emerson ... Jerry
Dana Demonbreun ... Sandy the Tourist
Joy Smothermon ... Jane the Tourist
Phillip Duncan
John Griffith

Directed by
Herschell Gordon Lewis 
Writing credits
Herschell Gordon Lewis (written by)

Produced by
Allison Louise Downe .... associate producer (as A. Louise Downe)
Herschell Gordon Lewis .... producer
Original Music by
Herschell Gordon Lewis  (as Sheldon Seymour)
Cinematography by
Herschell Gordon Lewis (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Alex Ameri  (as Alex Ameripoor)
Production Management
John Sezonoy .... production manager (as John Sezonov)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Sager .... assistant director (as Raymond Szegho)
Sound Department
Paul Dickinson .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Krogh .... camera operator: second unit (as Dan Krogh)
Editorial Department
Ray Sager .... assistant editor
Music Department
Bill Mays .... music coordinator
Other crew
Scott Kranzberg .... crew chief

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Also Known As:
"The Devil Wears Clodhoppers" - USA (alternative title)
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99 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:15 | USA:Unrated | USA:GP (original rating)
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Film debut of Larry Drake.See more »
Carter:Reverend, look, if by some miracle I can get you out of this mess, you have got to give me your word that you'll close down the White Lighting still.
Grady:Don't listen to him! He's sided with them!
Carter:I don't care what you think, Grady! I'm trying to help.
[police cars are approaching]
Carter:Here they come!
[to Boone]
Carter:What's your answer?
Rev. Roscoe Boone:Well, boy, if you can put oil on the water, I ain't gonna set that oil on fire.
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3 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
To call this film garbage is garbage!, 8 August 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Ugghhh!! I am a self-professed bad movie fan. I love the films of Ed Wood, Al Adamson, Ted Mikels, Ray Dennis Steckler and the like. So, it certainly isn't surprising that I'd seek out this DVD featuring two of Hershell Gordon Lewis' films--THIS STUFF'LL KILL YA and YEAR OF THE YAHOO. Oddly, YEAR OF THE YAHOO (much like Lewis' TWO THOUSAND MANIACS) wasn't that bad a film despite a minuscule budget. However, THIS STUFF'LL KILL YA was bad--as bad as any of Lewis' worst films, such as BLOOD FEAST and MONSTER A GO-GO. And, when I say bad, I am talking much, much worse than the worst that Ed Wood ever made! It's odd how Lewis could occasionally make a halfway decent film and the next make one that that is worse than one made by a rabid weasel...on crack!!

The film begins with Jeffrey Allen playing the worst preacher I've ever seen. It's worst in that the preacher is so evil and worst because Allen's acting is just like sludge. He runs a bizarre country church that advocates drinking moonshine during the service, group rape of brides-to-be by the congregation and a lot of other crazy stuff. Oddly, while Lewis directed many sensationalistic (and rather pornographic) films, they really didn't show very much. In fact, the shocks in this film involved some pointless murders as well as the shock in seeing two respectable actors in the film. Tim Holt surely was in a bad way when he agreed to do this film. It's sad to see this one-time cowboy hero and star of THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (a prestigious Orson Welles production) and TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE. Additionally, this was Larry Drake's first film. While his name may not be that familiar, years later he'd play a regular on "L.A. Law" as well as in the film DARK MAN.

While I could talk on and on about this weird religious cult that makes snake handling churches seem mainstream, I'll instead talk about why I gave this film a score of 1. This is because IMDb won't allow a score of zero! The acting is the worst I've seen in almost all of my nearly 7000 reviews. The production values and quality of the film is nil--perhaps worse than many super 8mm home movies of the day. The writing is non-existent and the film simply isn't any fun to watch--it's that bad. However, don't ignore this DVD, YEAR OF THE YAHOO manages to do a lot with a budget of only $48.99--38.99 more than THIS STUFF'LL KILL YA!

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