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Death Game (1977)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  May 1977 (USA)
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A businessman whose family is away on his birthday picks up two young girls. He takes them to his house, where they seduce him. Afterwards, however, they tie him up, torture him, trash his ... See full summary »

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A businessman whose family is away on his birthday picks up two young girls. He takes them to his house, where they seduce him. Afterwards, however, they tie him up, torture him, trash his house, and then kill a delivery boy. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The object is to stay alive. See more »

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Voice of Seymour Cassel's character is dubbed; he was reportedly so unhappy during shooting (per Sondra Locke's autobiography) he refused to participate in necessary post production dubbing. See more »

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Lyrics by Guy Hemric
Music by Jimmie Haskell
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"I want you so much."
11 March 2013 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

When fantasy becomes a nightmare. "Death Game" is a raunchy, dangerous and bizarre cocktail of a late 70s stark psychological thriller with an edgy exploitative edge and some convincing performances by Sondra Locke, Colleen Camp and Seymour Cassel.

George Manning is a happily married and successful man who encounters two supposedly lost girls one night at his doorstep. Inviting them in from the pouring rain he accommodates them, but obviously this leads to more with the voluptuous girls having something else on mind. However George learns this fling is costly, as they begin to terrorise him.

For most part it's all about the manipulative girls tormenting their victim psychically and mentally (which at beginning tell us that it's based on a true story), no real surprises other than for an ending that simply comes out of nowhere. It feels like stage play, as most of the interplay is mainly played out in the household between the three characters as it goes down a twisted path. It's cruel, at times intense and really driven by the ballistic, unhinged performances of Camp and especially Locke's disturbed turn. Sure their acting gets a tad annoying, but that's part of their characters. Cassel is perfect in the role as the desirable object. Director Peter S. Traynor's intrusive handling shows by the camera placement and the abrupt styling of the editing, although there's definitely an uneasy underlining crafted with many under-lit set-pieces. The brooding music however had some odd choices, like the constant loop of hearing "Good old dad" played. Fitting, but over-kill.

Rudimentary, but interesting curiosity.

"The party is over."


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