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Ruby (1977)

R | | Drama, Horror | 24 June 1977 (USA)
Sixteen years after Ruby Claire's gangster boyfriend was shot and killed by four associates, a series of gruesome murders takes place at the drive-in movie theatre she now owns. Meanwhile, ... See full summary »

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Vince Kemper
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Dr. Paul Keller
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Leslie Claire
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Lila June
Paul Kent ...
Louie
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Barney
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Avery
Eddy Donno ...
Jess (as Edward Donno)
Sal Vecchio ...
Nicky Rocco
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Jake Miller (as Fred Kohler)
Rory Stevens ...
Donny
Raymond Kark ...
First Man
Jan Burrell ...
First Woman
Kip Gillespie ...
Herbie
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Sixteen years after Ruby Claire's gangster boyfriend was shot and killed by four associates, a series of gruesome murders takes place at the drive-in movie theatre she now owns. Meanwhile, the behaviour of her mute daughter Leslie is becoming increasingly strange and a visiting psychic claims that forces from beyond are out for revenge. Written by Ross Horsley <explodo@hotmail.com>

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Blood Ruby  »

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This was reportedly the highest grossing independent film prior to "Halloween" (1978) which was released the following year. See more »

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The story takes place in 1951, but Ruby's drive-in has a wide screen, two years before wide screens were being built. See more »

Connections

Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 3 (1996) See more »

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Love's So Easy
Written by Sally Stevens
Performed by Piper Laurie
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The Omen meets The Exorcist by way of film noir.
14 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

Piper Laurie follows her success in Carrie with another supernatural horror, Ruby, in which she plays gangster's moll Ruby Claire, who, sixteen years after witnessing the cold-blooded shooting of Nicky (Sal Vecchio), the father of her unborn child, finds herself menaced by his vengeful spirit. Believing that he was betrayed by his lover, Nicky's ghost proceeds to bump off the ex-gangsters now employed at her drive-in theatre, using his mute daughter Leslie (Janit Baldwin) as a conduit, before finally confronting Ruby herself.

Opening with the wonderfully dreamlike murder of Nicky in a bayou, Curtis Harrington's Ruby is not without atmosphere and style, the director making effective use of his rundown drive-in location and its eerie, foggy swampland surroundings. Sadly, despite the creepy ambiance, several creative kills (ala The Omen)—hanging by film stock, impalement to movie screen, death by drinks vending machine—plus a couple of fun possession scenes clearly inspired by The Exorcist, the overly talky nature of the script prevents the film from being a complete success, the dull dialogue frequently bringing the action to a standstill.


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