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Garden of Death (1974)

The Gardener (original title)
R | | Horror | October 1974 (USA)
A sinister landscaper turns into a tree and learns to communicate with his fellow plants.

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(as Jim Kay)

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(as Jim Kay)
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Ellen Bennett
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Carl, the Gardener
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Helena Boardman
James Congdon ...
John Bennett
Anne Meacham ...
Mrs. García
Teodorina Bello ...
Liza, the Maid
Ivan Rodriguez ...
Max
Esther Mari ...
Rosa
Roberto Rivera Negrón ...
Ralph (as Roberto Negron)
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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$800,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

According to director James H. Kay, at one point the people who owned the house the film was being shot at wanted to evict the production from their property when shooting was only half complete. The production brought in lawyers to work out a deal, but while this was going on director Kay prepared to quickly return the crew to the house and not leave until filming was complete. Fortunately, the lawyers came through and the crew was allowed to continue shooting at the location. See more »

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Referenced in Planting the Seeds of Evil (2006) See more »

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I went looking for a movie too bad to be believed, and I found it. It broke my heart...
1 June 1999 | by (Mannahawkin, NJ) – See all my reviews

So you are in this movie-rental place with a horror section that is just miles wide and furlongs in length, and you are, just imagine, scanning the rows for anything that catches your rather jaded (maybe from too many low-budget or low-brow horror flicks, too much mockery, or stilted dialogue, too many effects or musical stings) eye in that special way that only a truly mongoloid flick can do--and what do you see? of course, a really chintzy colored pencil and pastel picture of this tree/man graft that has women trapped (mayhaps metaphorically) in his "roots," but the really bad part is the complete physiological inaccuracy of the picture (witness, in your mind's eye, the nipples of this bare-chested "evil" tree/man placed in the exact (okay, semi-exact) orthocenter of his pectoral muscles--just plain zaniness from look one!), and it has this tag on it that reads, "He does bad things to them...in the Garden!!" and what can you do or say (except fall in love with it on the spot and say "I love you," respectively associated, right there in the orchard of neon horror that is the movie rental place)--and then so imagine your heartbreak when you get home, undress it from its plastic case and discover to yourself the fact that it is completely: affectless, toneless, actionless, heartless, penniless, paceless, plotless, heartless, and, perhaps most horribly, humorless--you and your best bud cannot, for the glory that the world holds, come up with a single joke to combat the ceaseless waves of offense to your senses and sensibilities that this offers--not to mention devoid of a) evil and b)seeds of said evil...there are no effects: it features untold minutes of floral footage, which cause the actors to expire at completely surreal and random moments--with which occasional happening you can utterly sympathize...I went looking for a movie too bad to be believed, and I found it. It broke my heart. It has the power to tear yours out and lay it bleeding on the table before you, and it won't even give you a maniacal chuckle to which to expire. This is the worst movie I have ever seen with maybe the sole exception of "'Manos':The Hands of Fate." But, hey, you're the one in the horror section--you roll the dice.


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