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Killer's Moon (1978)

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Four mental patients - who, due to unauthorized experiments, believe they're living in a dream and have shed all moral imperatives - escape and find their way to the nearest bus-load of stranded schoolgirls.

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Pete
Tom Marshall ...
Mike
Georgina Kean ...
Agatha
Alison Elliott ...
Sandy
Jane Hayden ...
Julie
Nigel Gregory ...
Mr. Smith
David Jackson ...
Mr. Trubshaw
Paul Rattee ...
Mr. Muldoon
Peter Spraggon ...
Mr. Jones
Joanne Good ...
Mary (as Jo-Anne Good)
Jayne Lester ...
Elizabeth
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Anne
Debbie Martyn ...
Deirdre
Christine Winter ...
Carol (as Christina Jones)
Lynne Morgan ...
Sue
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Four mental patients - who, due to unauthorized experiments, believe they're living in a dream and have shed all moral imperatives - escape and find their way to the nearest bus-load of stranded schoolgirls.

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dream | escape | mental patient | maniac | rape | See more »

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One endless night of terror!

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One of the actors playing a psycho volunteered to eat a raw egg on screen. See more »

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Mr. Jones: Mr psychiatrist, are you there?
Pete: Go to hell you bastard you're mad!
Mr. Jones: What sort of reply is that from a National Health psychiatrist? I should have gone private.
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Words and Music by Jayne Lester
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A Must-See British Horror
18 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Four mental patients -- who, due to unauthorized experiments, believe they are living in a dream and have shed all moral imperatives -- escape and find their way to the nearest bus-load of stranded schoolgirls.

What makes this film interesting for me, besides the ethical questions (can the killers be held accountable if they think they are dreaming), is the music. Along with a jazzy version of "Three Blind Mice", we have some music that is dreamlike (appropriately) and also quite moody and dark (also appropriate). It was, for me, the difference between the movie being bad and good.

Due to its (fake) animal cruelty and dismissive attitude towards rape, the film has been called "the most tasteless movie in British cinema history." While that is surely an exaggeration, I do think these elements helped give it the cult following it apparently now has. I can see it being mocked by people in a loving way.


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