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Garden of Death (1974)
"The Gardener" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  October 1974 (USA)
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A sinister landscaper turns into a tree and learns to communicate with his fellow plants.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ellen Bennett
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Carl, the Gardener
Rita Gam ...
Helena Boardman
James Congdon ...
John Bennett
Anne Meacham ...
Mrs. García
Teodorina Bello ...
Liza, the Maid
Ivan Rodriguez ...
Max
Esther Mari ...
Rosa
Roberto Negron ...
Ralph
Hal Lasky ...
Fred Burrows
Cass Fry ...
Jinny
Robert Yoh ...
Robby
Tanny McDonald ...
Mrs. Burrows
Katherine De Beer ...
Gladys Stone
Orlando Rodriguez ...
Mr. Von Wohl
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Carl the Gardner (Joe Dallesandro), grows odd plants for a rich Yankee woman Ellen Bennett (Katharine Houghton) living in South America while exercising a mental hold over her. All his previous employers died mysteriously. Some of his plants emit deadly fumes. Houghton previously starred with her aunt Katharine Hepburn in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner." Written by alfiehitchie

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Garden of LOVE... Garden of DEATH, He Plants the Seeds of Evil

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October 1974 (USA)  »

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Garden of Death  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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strangely pointless but charming
31 October 2000 | by (new jersey) – See all my reviews

this movie looks, sounds and plays like an industrial travelogue from the 70s. possibly as innocuous as a horror film could be. if that isn't recommendation enough, it also features joe dallesandro with a dazzling verbal prowess not seen since the warhol films (it's a little scary when he is just as zonked when out of a drug context). almost completely devoid of horror, it consists mainly of bored, rich people having stilted dialogue while they lounge about their tropical island homes. the score helps this along with swell cocktail themes running throughout, with the occasional diversion into cheesy horror. it's actually quite an enjoyable score. there is a great deal of suspense in place of horror, as you are kept on the edge of your seat wondering what the point to all this is. you needn't wonder, because there is none. the climax, while not elucidating, adds to the ridiculousness of the whole story. i mean, really adds. why does joe take jobs as a gardener just to ensure the randomly disconnected deaths of the ladies of the house? um...because he is a tree? i'm not spoiling anything here; this is detailed lovingly on the video box. if you rent horror movies to see women raped or brutalized, skip this (and skip your next 200 meals too). but if you enjoy old 70s horror films for their artifact quality, with their distinctive film stock and wide range of charms, go ahead and rent this. it will get a little boring by the end, but it's worth it.


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