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Welcome to Arrow Beach (1974)

R | | Horror | May 1974 (USA)
A hippie girl wandering on a California beach is taken in by a Korean War veteran who lives in a nearby mansion with his sister. The girl soon begins to suspect that the mansion is home to ... See full summary »

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Grace Henry
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Deputy Rakes
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Sheriff Duke Bingham
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Gloria LeRoy ...
Ginger
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Alex Heath
Dodie Heath ...
Felice
Altovise Davis ...
Deputy Molly (as Altovise Gore)
Elizabeth St. Clair ...
Head Nurse
Robert Lussier ...
Deputy Lippencourt
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Hot Rod Driver
Tony Ballen ...
Pharmacist
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Doctor
Andy Romano ...
Bryant
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A hippie girl wandering on a California beach is taken in by a Korean War veteran who lives in a nearby mansion with his sister. The girl soon begins to suspect that the mansion is home to some very strange goings-on. Written by Anonymous

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A chilling story of cannibalism in the 20th century. See more »

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Tender Flesh  »

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This was Laurence Harvey's final film. See more »

Quotes

Robbin Stanley: [noticing Jason Henry staring at her chest] Just secondary sexual characteristics.
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Featured in Celluloid Bloodbath: More Prevues from Hell (2012) See more »

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Who Can Tell Us Why
Music by Bert Keyes and George Barrie
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Lou Rawls
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Mixed feelings: loved the style, hated the editing. See the full version if you can.
4 April 2005 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Looking over other viewer comments, I feel like I missed some significant footage -- sad, because I saw this as a candidate film for the National Film Registry. My experience was that the cannibalism wasn't even broached -- "hinted at" is a smaller and more fitting description. I started out with the understanding that the film deals with this topic, so it was easy for me to find the theme in the disjointed images that Harvey (allegedly from his deathbed) pieced together. However, in the edit that I saw, Harvey really only approached the subject during the dinner scene, which to the uninformed viewer, leaves Jason Henry coming off only as a rather perverse murderer.

As a red-toned color film, it kept with the 70s feel, especially with the Lou Rawls theme song that really seems not to fit at all, and it's definitely the sort of film that you can settle into on a Saturday afternoon.

For the most part, I felt that it was a shaky effort that obviously suffers from the (unavoidable) lack of directorial input in the final stages.

Despite this, the one incredibly positive thing I have to say is that Harvey did succeed in creating one impacting, chilling, flawless scene in a movie of otherwise so-so acting. Harvey is the perennial director, and this is never so evident as when he plays Jason Henry behind a camera. The moments just prior and after this are really unspectacular, but in the few seconds that the viewer is looking at the visage of Harvey, peering from behind the camera with diabolical intent, I was completely stunned and frightened, not because Harvey belonged in the psyche of a killer, but because the killer belonged behind the camera -- Harvey's character became more real, more insidious because the character encompassed a real person. Not a better case for method acting exists, I would venture.


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