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Welcome to Arrow Beach is a really remarkable little movie. I first saw it about five years ago . It was shown on channel 5 at a about 2am in the morning and I must say I really had no intention of going the distance with this little film.
But how wrong I was. I found myself hooked, and I must say at that time I couldn't reason why.
Lets put it this way. Welcome to Arrow Beach is badly edited, has a crappy theme tune by Lou Rawls, the story has no real pace and the direction by Laurence Harvey needs a lot to be desired.
Now that's just the basics about what's wrong with this little film. But still I watched it all the way though to the end. Now I must point out that that night I had set my DVD recorder to tape a movie on another channel at around that same time as Welcome to Arrow Beach was being shown on channel five. But I had made a mistake . I later found that I had inadvertently taped Arrow beach instead. This was my blessing in disguise, as I found my self watching this movie over and over.
The basic story deals with a Photographer played by Laurence Harvey who picks up and befriends hitchhikers or runaways, all of whom seem to be women.
He then takes them home to meet his sister/ lover played by the gorgeous Joanna Pettet. Then he lures them to his basement photo studio where he then chops them up to eat. A young Meg Foster falls foul of Harvey and Pettet but manages to escape. As always the police don't believe her. "Would You". So she try's to expose them her self. Yes This movie is that mad. But its also pure cult in the same way that we see Last house on the Left or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre as Cult.
Its bloody too like these movies and like Texas Chainsaw its not gratuitous. The acting is pure 1970s prime time television if you know what I mean.. if you don't ,, well check out Macmillan and wife.
I have since found out why this movie isn't technically sound . The reason was that Laurence Harvey who starred and also directed this movie was dieing. He apparently edited the movie on his death bed. This would also explain why he looked in so much pain during the movie. Welcome to Arrow Beach isn't a great movie because its well made, lets face it , it isn't. In my opinion it's a great movie because it's so hard to define. Plus there is a real feeling that everyone was pulling together on it.. Try watching it and you might see what I mean.
After learning the history of the movie I got the feeling that this was a team movie. Not a good movie. But theirs a lot of love on that screen, oh and blood, guts and bad singing. Some say that Laurence Harvey's last movie was a bad one.. Those people would be Warner Bros they buried the movie. I'd say Welcome to Arrow Beach Trashy, very Cult but, strangely watchable. Check it out.
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