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Deathmaster (1972)

 -  Horror  -  August 1972 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Khorda
Bill Ewing ...
Pico
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Rona
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Pop
Bobby Pickett ...
Kirkwood (as Bob Pickett)
Betty Anne Rees ...
Esslin
William Jordan ...
Monk
LaSesne Hilton ...
Barbado (as Le Sesne Hilton)
John Lasell ...
Detective
Freda T. Vanterpool ...
Dancer
Tari Tabakin ...
Mavis
Kitty Vallacher ...
Bridey
Michael Cronin ...
Mike
Charles Hornsby ...
Charles
Olympia Silvers ...
Olympia (as Olympia Sylvers)
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Quarry is a mysterious, articulate stranger who draws a cult like following of local hippies. Rather than showing them peace and love, he has more sinister plans for them, as he is a vampire. Written by Doug Hall <dfhall@fyi.net>

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vampire | marijuana | mansion | guru | coffin | See more »

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Eyes Like Hot Coals...Fangs Like Razors! Khorda the Deathmaster Has Left His Tomb! See more »

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Quarry wears the same set of prop vampire fangs in this as he did in both Count Yorga movies. They were specially made and fitted by his dentist. See more »

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When the surfer dude opens Khorda's coffin on the beach, it's broad daylight. It's later established that Khorda cannot walk around in sunlight. Why then wasn't he hurt when his coffin was opened? See more »

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Kirkwood: "You know what you all are? You're all a bunch of friggin' freaks and honkies! Every damn last one of you! I'm going to town to get me some steak and whiskey!"
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A Man without a Vision
Music by Ray Conniff
Lyrics by 'Fred Sadoff' and Bobby Pickett (as Bob Pickett)
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The 70's had the most bizarre movies ever. . .
18 February 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Great early 70's clothing, a philosophizing folk song (wow, man is like a river, that's like, so deep), not so subtle drug references, and the undead! What more could you possibly ask for? Deathmaster really is Quarry's movie with his Mansonesque portrayal of Khorda infiltrating and taking over a commune of lost hippies. The movie's effectiveness really lies in the context that people can be so easily controlled and fall victim to cults, rather than the fact that Khorda possesses their minds because he is a vampire. That Quarry is made up to look like Charles Manson is a not-so-subtle hint to the movie's theme, the resemblance being especially relevant at the time the movie was made.Look for character actor and voice-over artist John Fiedler as the owner of a hippie bead shop!

The movie slows down and becomes a little dull about 2/3 of the way through, and yes, it's terribly dated, but this obscure little gem is an 8/10 for 60's and 70's horror movie freaks like myself. It's certainly a guilty pleasure. I found it at a convention, and watching it brought back a lot fond memories of the Saturday afternoon Chiller Theater flicks like Deathmaster, Lemora, Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things, as well as a ton of bizarre British horror movies, and even some old giallo that independent stations like Channels 5, 9, and 11 out of NYC used to run constantly in the late 70's through the mid 80's. If you're a fan of such things, you'll want to own this movie.


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