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During the night swimming pool scenes, John Savage was clad in only a skimpy bathing suit but it was so cold that off-camera crew members were swathed in heavy coats.
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The characters of Louise (the alcoholic librarian) and her wheelchair-bound father later appear in The Attic (1980), which was also written by Tony Crechales and George Edwards. In this film, the roles were played by Luana Anders and Peter Brocco, in the other, by Carrie Snodgress and Ray Milland.
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Ann Sothern taught John Savage how to jitterbug and truck for their dance sequence.
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The rats used in the film were brought in by animal trainer Moe Di Sesso and the rodents had previously appeared in Willard (1971) and Ben (1972).
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One scene was cut from the film by the producer at the urging of a distributor, much to the disgust of director Curtis Harrington. This scene features Terry wandering around the zoo looking at the caged apes. He hears a familiar laughter and turns to find Tina and her boyfriend making out in another nearby cage. This sequence preceded the scene in which Terry arrives home and encounters Mrs. Orland descending the staircase. Harrington described the footage as "wonderful" and the sequence as "very important psychologically" but he concluded the film was otherwise cut together and released as he intended.
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According to director Curtis Harrington, 'The Killing Kind' barely saw a release. The problematic distributors cut a deal where the film would only be screened in a few cities in the United States. Other distributors showed an interest in the film but, since no records were kept of where the movie had already been screened, it never secured further theatrical distribution.
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The original title of the screenplay was 'Are You A Good Boy?'
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The original actor who had been hired to play Terry dropped out at the very last minute. John Savage landed the role the day before filming began.
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The myna bird actually spoke its lines in the film.
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The Spanish maid who in real life occupied the room that doubled for Lori's in the film was continuously being displaced, and she became so overwhelmed when she heard screaming coming from the bathroom that she packed her bags and returned to her native country.
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Cindy Williams had a lengthy commute. While filming 'The Killing Kind', shot in the Larchmont area of Los Angeles, Williams was also working on The Conversation (1974), which was shot in San Francisco.
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Cast and crew members took advantage of the Beverly Boulevard laundromat location and actually laundered their clothes while scenes were being filmed.
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Ann Sothern's character was an amateur photographer. In real life, Sothern was an accomplished photographer who'd won awards and owned an extensive collection of photography equipment.
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The liquor consumed by Ruth Roman's character was water colored with tea.
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Production was disrupted while filming the dream sequence on the beach when the tide rolled in.
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Bathers at Venice Beach were oblivious to the happenings when the filmmakers began shooting the rape scene that opens the film.
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Ruth Roman was required to film her scenes repeatedly in order to attain perfection, and the shoot stretched on until around 5 a.m. for several consecutive nights.
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After repeated takes of drinking Dr. Pepper and eating popcorn, Ann Sothern claimed she never wanted to see either product again.
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Both Marjorie Eaton and Luana Anders previously worked with director Curtis Harrington on his first full-length film, Night Tide (1961). Anders also starred in Harrington's Games (1967), and Helene Winston had a small but memorable role in Harrington's What's the Matter with Helen? (1971).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

For the scene in which the cat was strangled and was required to hang limp, a vet was called to set who simply administered a sedative. However, the cat which is later seen in the garbage can was really a feline that had been euthanized by the SPCA.
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The scenes in which Lori was strangled and her corpse was left in the bathtub required Cindy Williams to spend two days soaking in the tub.
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Cindy Williams' stand-in doubled for her scenes at Bradley's Dump in Sun Valley, and wound up spending eight hours in the garbage can.
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