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Three on a Meathook (1973)

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Four girls go on a romping weekend at a lake, and have car problems on the way home. A nice local boy takes them back to his farm, where he lives with his father. Something ghastly happens,... See full summary »

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Charles Kissinger ...
Pa Townsend
James Carroll Pickett ...
Billy Townsend (as James Pickett)
Sherry Steiner ...
Sherry
Madelyn Buzzard ...
Becky
John Shaw
Marsha Tarbis
Carolyn Thompson
Kiersten Laine
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Hugh Smith
Thomas Todd
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Alice Summers
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Four girls go on a romping weekend at a lake, and have car problems on the way home. A nice local boy takes them back to his farm, where he lives with his father. Something ghastly happens, but the father helps his son as he has in the past. When the boy meets a girl and begins falling in love, the father worries about a repeat performance. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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According to director William Girdler, the truck Billy drives in the film wasn't working on the night when the scene where Billy picks up the four girls was shot, so crew members had to push the truck into the shot to make it appear that it 'drove' up. This is also the reason why we don't hear the motor running during this scene. See more »

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RAW, like freshly butchered piece of quivering MEAT!!!

What makes "Three on a Meathook" a balls-out real horror film? It's the fact that it looks like a home movie a serial killer would make. It looks like, after finding a 16mm camera in one of his victim's houses, some serial killer got a few of his demented buddy's together, put some ad in the paper for cheap talent, and tried to make a movie. In one of the earliest scenes where the father is berating the son you can see that, although the actors keep screwing up their lines they kept filming and left it in the final print. The grainy stock of the film, the inventive although cheap special effects, and the down-trodden feel of this picture really put you into the subconscious pocket of something brewing in a crude psychopath's mind. Scene after scene is dragged out mercilessly as the filmmakers try to fill the legal feature-length time. One scene has the son sitting in a bar watching the band AMERICAN XPRESS play through two lackluster 70's contemporary tunes. This had me wondering what ever happened to American Xpress, the band featured in some serial killer's home movie "Three on a Meathook"? I wont spoil the end for you, but I will say that you do not watch this movie with the expectation of being entertained: you watch it to experience something a blood-letter would dream.


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