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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 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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Storyline

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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$800,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Aside from the principal stars, the rest of the cast was found while on location in San Juan, Puerto Rico. See more »

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Nostalgic and strange, but not scary.

I picked this movie up in the USED section at my local Record shop and I have to say, by the cover artwork and synopsis on the back, I was excited to take it home and pop it in. The whole project is really well-done in that way. But that's about it. The film was very 70's, which for me, is a good thing. For most viewers though, this would prove to be a cheesy example of an era that might be better off forgotten. The music is pretty bad and so are the clothes. It's not stylish, its like the Brady Bunch.

There is no good gore in this movie. The acting is decent and the guy who plays "The Gardener" is semi-creepy, but the plot just fails. It's not scary in the least bit and the only good scene in the film is the very last one.

I had high hopes, I really did. I wanted to like it more, and I still do. I've watched it three times now and I still fail to see how this is a horror movie. It's more like an off-beat romantic drama with a twist. If I had to compare it to something else, I'd say a mix between "Rosemary's Baby," "Play Misty for Me," and "Alice in Wonderland" (the live one) but not as good as any of those films.

4 out of 10, kids.


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