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Deadly Strangers (1975)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  April 1975 (UK)
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After she misses her train, a young woman is forced to hitch a ride back to town. After managing to get away from a lecherous trucker, she is given a ride by a good-looking but somewhat ... See full summary »

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Belle Adams
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Stephen Slade
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Malcolm Robarts
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Jim Nicholls
Peter Jeffrey ...
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After she misses her train, a young woman is forced to hitch a ride back to town. After managing to get away from a lecherous trucker, she is given a ride by a good-looking but somewhat mysterious young man, who she comes to suspect may be a dangerous escapee from a mental asylum. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A Stranger is a Psychopath you haven't met.
9 October 2010 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

"Deadly Strangers" is a unique original, but sadly also little known and underrated highlight of British exploitation of the early 70's. Hammer Studios were still active around that era and they absorbed most of the horror fans' attention, but there were nevertheless quite a number of British films that dared to go a little further. More specifically with controversial themes, perverted characters, shocking images and obscene sexual undertones. There's the oeuvre of director Pete Walker ("Frightmare", "House of Whipcord") but also plentiful of other neglected titles like "The Mind of Mr. Soames", "Innocent Bystanders" and this "Deadly Strangers". The film is very low-budgeted but thrives completely on suspense, picturesque West-British landscapes and the sublime performances of the leading Hayley Mills and Simon Ward. "Deadly Strangers" is, in fact, some kind of crossover between road-movie and psycho horror. The film opens with hectic and unclear shots of a psychiatric patient violently breaking out of an asylum by attacking a nurse and a security guard. The next day, a quirky young lady (Mills) is looking for a lift in a roadside dinner full of sleazy truckers. She narrowly escapes an attempted rape before she gets offered a lift in the pouring rain by a young guy named Stephen. We learn pretty fast that Stephen is a bit of a troubled mind, since he drinks and has voyeuristic tendencies. Belle herself isn't completely without issues, neither, as she suffers from flashbacks about a perverted uncle. While the entire police force searches for the escaped lunatic, these two cruise through the region and attempt to dodge as many road blocks and identity checks as possible. The script of "Deadly Strangers" is fairly predictable, especially if you're familiar with this sort of raunchy zero-budgeted exploitation movies, but director Sidney Hayers nevertheless attempts to keep the viewer alert and doubting with a series of effective and less effective red herrings until the very last minute of the film. Speaking of which, Hayers' direction is surefooted and reliable as always. He's the same professional genre wizard who previously made the classics "Circus of Horror", "Night of the Eagle" and the British giallo "Assault!". Simon Ward and particularly Hayley Mills give away stellar performances as the oddly behaving strangers. There's also a fantastic guest role for Sterling Hayden as a flamboyant English gentleman with an antique car and long beard.


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