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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
Way high on the list of worst music ever in a film
Low Rawls sings "Who can tell me why...we are all born to die" in a song that sounds like LOVE BOAT and Fantasy Island. The whole score is wretched a mix of vague easy listening 1950's to 1965, then tossed up with crappy wow wow guitar. The only thing worse than the music is that there is none at all for long bits in between. Really god awful distracting swill of a dated score. It was like bad TV music then but now...one of the worst. Imagine this film if scored by a real film composer and you have something totally different.
The flashback sequence to show Harvey becoming a cannibal after an air plane crash is pretty clearly a burning car not a plane and then a comical march through some rocks as each falls over dead, probably along the same beach we see in the rest of the film. It's terrible scene done with no money at all and a low point in a film that, though not great, is on one level then suddenly dips to this ED WOOD moment.
These are the low of low points. The one scene and there is really only one "kill" scene is very well done and it makes you think the movie will really take off after that but it doesn't.
Opening is pretty lively with Jessie Vint. Harvey as an actor never gets to really go on a full out crying crazy confessional rampage the way you'd hope. MEG FOSTER is pretty and fairly naked and plays the hippie girl with innocence that eventually is just vacantness when she should be trying to convince others of what is going on. The film feels like the movie was left out and we have outtakes from what was a odd disturbing and occasionally funny horror film. But most of that film remains just off camera. It is odd, it is(for most of the middle section) pretty talky but well enough acted that that wouldn't sink it, again after the one really effective kill scene is where it bogs down until the final sort of non climax.
Worth seeing to say you've seen it, copy I saw looked pretty bad which makes it rough going too. Doesn't delve into the strange psychology enough to make the sickos in the film truly creepy.
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