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Roots of Evil (1992)

A serial killer is after hookers and strippers. A male detective and his female partner are assigned to stop him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Dierkop ...
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Jean Clark ...
Bartender (as J.L. Clark)


A serial killer is after hookers and strippers. A male detective and his female partner are assigned to stop him.

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Where danger and desire become fatal.


Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexuality and violence, and for language. | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 September 1992 (USA)  »

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Naked Force  »

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1.85 : 1
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The film exists in two versions-an unrated cut and a R-rated cut. The R-rated cut removed all gore from the film including a throat slashing, a tongue being severed, and a finger being cut off. The uncut version includes all the gore as well as an extended Delia Sheppard sex scene. See more »


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Another cinematic bowel movement from Gary Graver
27 May 2010 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

Gary Graver was a pretty talented and definitely very prolific cinematographer who did everything from hardcore porn to collaborations with Orson Welles(!). In his few efforts as a director, however, he proved to be pretty much cursed. This is definitely NOT a good movie. The plot, as others have said, was borrowed from a hardcore flick (a genre not exactly known for its great plots). It has a police detective couple (Alex Cord and Jillian Kesner)carrying on two separate investigations which have nothing to do with each other (other than they're both very lame) and will really confuse the few viewers who don't just fall asleep out of sheer boredom. The acting is terrible, even that of relatively talented thesps. like Cord. And there are bizarre throwaway scenes and bits of dialogue such as when Cord's characters gives an Asian hooker his card, but it isn't his card, it's the card of a bar he hangs out in a lot, which is apparently soaked in urine because he got it off the men's room floor(?!)--but then she takes it anyway(?!?).

I suspect Graver was not taking this movie all that seriously. The serial killer they're chasing ,for instance, not only chews the scenery like a rabid beaver, but Graver then has him making a tearful phone call to his mom after each murder! There is some pretty gruesome violence--a prostitute getting her finger cut off, a vagrant who witnessed a murder getting his tongue cut out. This may bother some, but it does make this slightly less boring than most 90's "erotic thrillers", which were rarely "erotic" or "thrilling" but were lousy with too-long sex scenes and bad saxophone music.

This movie also boasts an impressive female cast (not necessarily talented but impressive). Jillian Kesner had been a popular jiggle-queen since the early 70's (mostly on television). Deanna Lund, who had provided cheesecake in 60's TV show "Land of the Giants", was even older (and has even more nude scenes) than Kesner. She would marry CNN's Larry King(!) shortly after appearing in this. Both women still look pretty good, but if they're a little too ripe for your taste, there's also the voluptuous Delia Shephard from "Rocky IV" as a stripper who, thankfully, does a lot of stripping and not much acting. The movie also features two of the more talented (relatively speaking) of the 80's "scream queens", Brinke Stevens and Jewel Shephard.(Jewel Shephard gives perhaps her best acting performance ever as a near-sighted hooker--unfortunately it was in this dim-bulb movie). There's certainly no lack of T and A (although a lot more T than A). None of which is to say I would in any way recommend this, but if you just have to see it. . .

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