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A woman is convinced by her lover to poison her cruel husband, a rich businessman. However, she becomes terrified when she finds the lover dead as well. A sinister PI, who's investigating her husband's disappearance, contacts her.

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Katherine Atwell
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Steve Fulton
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The wife of a wealthy industrialist finds herself caught-up in a web of intrigue & murder which was created by her own deceit. When she tries to escape the results of her actions, she too falls victim to deception. Written by Anonymous

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The picture was notable for featuring a horrific third-act shower-scene where the device of attack is hot-steam from wall-jets. The sequence has often compared with the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 horror movie Psycho (1960). Nightkill (1980) was made and released approximately twenty years after that film and as such debuted in the 20th Anniversary year of the famous Hitch classic. See more »

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Killer thriller
18 November 2016 | by (adelaide, australia) – See all my reviews

In it's early part, you know you've seen films like this before, which brought one film to mind, Harry Hamlin's 1990's Deceptions. But then this well constructed and stylish thriller, thrills over and over again, many times over. By it's preview, or cover, which you'd find in the ill appropriate horror section, of your video store, you'll look at this film, misjudgingly as a slasher pick, which it isn't. Jaclyn Smith, an angel who at one time in the 80's was voted, most sexiest woman (I remember that shot with her son) is perfect, as done solid by the rest of the cast, especially Mitchum who provides the killer twist, where I really like James Franciscus as Smith's lover. The story basically has Smith, as a tortured soul of a wife, who's copped the brunt of ugly verbal abuse (though no physical abuse is implied) and ridicule by hubby (who you really get to hate, and want to see dead) where you really sense Smith's pain, and frustration, and before you know it, she's an accessory to his murder, but then Smith's hell gets worse, with more bodies turning up in a freezer. In it's early part, I found the film in a nothing happening kind of land, say to films like Somebody Killed Her Husband, where some suspender moments were thrown in, like in that roadblock scene, where at first, Smith's car won't start up again, where she's en route to getting rid of one of her bodies, but boy was I mislead. The shower scene will stay with you, where Mitchum, has really got his s..t together, you kind of admire him, in spite of his corrupt intentions. We view in a CU, we really didn't need, with the after affect it has, on a burnt bodied smith. It's music score, one I really liked, to me is unforgettable. Highly recommended, for thriller fans, you won't be disappointed by this nice little oldie.


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