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Three on a Meathook (1973)

 -  Horror  -  1973 (USA)
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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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Sherry Steiner ...
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Madelyn Buzzard ...
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John Shaw
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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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An enjoyable piece of grainy horror!
17 March 2003 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

William Girdler's "Three on a Meathook" is obviously inspired by the Ed Gein case.It's a very bizarre tale of a twisted murder and cannibalism in the tradition of Tobe Hooper's "Texas Chain Saw Massacre".There's plenty of nudity and cheesy gore,however the film is not as gory as the title suggests.Still there are some good kill scenes,a good amount of blood plus a nice plot twist at the end.The film is quite slow at times,but its low-budget gives it a raw look.Highly recommended and a good companion piece to "Daddy's Deadly Darling"(1972)-another grainy horror masterpiece from early 70's.


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