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Love Me Deadly (1973)

R | | Horror | January 1973 (USA)
A coven of devil-worshipping necrophiliacs moves to Los Angeles and sets up their base of operations out of a funeral home.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Mary Charlotte Wilcox ...
Lindsay Finch (as Mary Wilcox)
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Alex Martin
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Wade Farrow
Timothy Scott ...
Fred McSweeney
Michael Pardue ...
Lindsay's Father
Dassa Cates ...
House Keeper
Terri Anne Duvalis ...
Lindsay as a Child
Louis Joeffred ...
McSweeney's Colleague
Bruce Adams ...
McSweeney's Colleague
Barbara Fisher ...
Prostitute
Edith Sills ...
Alex's Mother
Irving Rosen ...
Dinner Guest
H.B. Halicki ...
Race Driver (as Toby Halicki)
I. William Quinn ...
Billy-Jo
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Michael Jacobs ...
Love Slave
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A coven of devil-worshipping necrophiliacs moves to Los Angeles and sets up their base of operations out of a funeral home.

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WARNING! This Is The Strangest, Most Un-natural Union Ever Consummated Between The Living And The Dead! See more »

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January 1973 (USA)  »

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Secrets of the Death Room  »

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$42,500 (estimated)
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Many of the guests at the party were played by crew members. Buck Edwards, who plays the cult member with a shaved head, is briefly visible as a guest in the background. See more »

Quotes

Lindsay Finch: Don't you understand? I said, I'm not going.
Fred McSweeney: I believe I do understand. I recognised you from the Baxter funeral on the seventh. I couldn't help but notice your affection for the deceased.
Lindsay Finch: You must be mistaken. I know no one named Baxter. Please, I don't want to be rude...
Fred McSweeney: The word is, necrophilia. Turn on your lights and follow that car.
[they drive off]
Fred McSweeney: You're upset. Don't be. We're quite normal people, just with different passions. Our drives and needs aren't understood by many people, so we ...
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Referenced in Nekromantik (1987) See more »

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Love Me Deadly
Written by Phil Moody (uncredited)
Sung by Kit Fuller
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A love triangle between the living and the dead
4 August 2009 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

Traumatized by the death of her beloved father, a young woman compulsively attends the funerals of strangers. After she is caught sucking face with a male corpse by a creepy mortician, the mortician inducts her into a bizarre cult of people who enjoy making love to dead bodies. But then she falls in love with a living man and the real drama develops.

This is one of the few movies about necrophilia where there is really an equal emphasis on the "necro" and "philia". There's a very disturbing scene where the creepy mortician picks up a male prostitute and proceeds to embalm him while he's still alive(!), but generally this movie isn't nearly as gruesome as stuff like "Der Mosquito", "Lucker", "Beyond the Darkness" or "Nekromantic". It does, however, have one of those sappy 70's love plots (complete with a syrupy 70's soundtrack) that is definitely odds with the more gruesome content. But, in my opinion anyway, it also makes the film more interesting than if it had just been a pure gorefest.

This film is also yet another entry in strange series of 70's exploitation films (i.e. "Dream No Evil", "Toys Are Not for Children", "Baby Rosemary") all focusing on female Norman Bates-types whose obsessive love for dead or absent fathers results in severe adult sexual dysfunction, and ultimately tragedy. The most recent movie it resembles is the "indie cult" film "Kissed" with Molly Parker. But while others may disagree, I definitely prefer 70's exploitation to modern-day "indie" quirkiness. This is definitely worth seeing.


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