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January 1973 (USA) See more »
First , "The Exorcist," Now ... "Love Me Deadly" See more »
A coven of devil-worshipping necrophiliacs moves to Los Angeles and sets up their base of operations out of a funeral home. | Add synopsis »
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Unlikely crossbreed of soapy melodrama and necrophilia horror. See more (22 total) »


  (in credits order)
Mary Charlotte Wilcox ... Lindsay Finch (as Mary Wilcox)

Lyle Waggoner ... Alex Martin

Christopher Stone ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Jacobs ... Love Slave
Barbra Rae ... Prostitute
David Aaron ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Buck Edwards ... Bald Cult Member (uncredited)
Jacques Lacerte ... Bearded Corpse (uncredited)
Bob Westmoreland ... Second Corpse Kissed by Lindsay (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Lacerte 
Writing credits
Roger Wall (story idea) &
Robert Cleere (story idea)

Jacques Lacerte (written by)

Buck Edwards  uncredited

Produced by
Buck Edwards .... producer
Charles W. Geiger .... associate producer
H.B. Halicki .... associate producer
Original Music by
Phil Moody 
Cinematography by
David Aaron (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Leo H. Shreve  (as Leo Shreve)
Makeup Department
Albert A. Fleming .... makeup artist
J. Shealy .... hair stylist
Bob Westmoreland .... makeup artist
Production Management
Buck Edwards .... production manager (as Mervyn L. Edwards)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Doniger .... assistant director
Sound Department
John Speak .... sound mixer (as John V. Speak)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Chapin .... still photographer
Don Gulick .... camera assistant (as Donald Gulick)
Other crew
Roger Hocking .... production assistant
Howard Hohler .... script supervisor
Sheri Kaiser .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Secrets of the Death Room" - USA (alternative title)
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95 min
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USA:R | USA:Unrated (DVD rating)
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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 »
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 have to keep them secret. You're not alone. In our group we have several members who... who participate.
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Referenced in Nekromantik (1987)See more »
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Unlikely crossbreed of soapy melodrama and necrophilia horror., 8 November 2003
Author: EyeAskance from fabulous Las Vega$!

A grueling, peculiar little item which denotes the unnerving tale of a lovely young housewife coming to terms with her compulsive longing for intimacy...with deceased men(um...does rigor-mortis set in down there?). Through frequent off-hand visits to the local mortuary, she networks into a clandestine society of like-minded individuals. Unfortunately, her husband(Lyle Waggoner!) is unaware of her warped desires, and can't understand why he's not "getting any".

What I personally feel is the key issue making LOVE ME DEADLY such a memorably divergent trinket is the prudent sensitivity with which it approaches its grotesque premise. It's like watching a melodramatic LIFETIME CHANNEL movie which has replaced its topic of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with necrophilia. Amazingly, this ambilevous wonder-work actually delivers in an ascetic, misfit sort of's not a great movie, or even an especially GOOD movie, but considering the distasteful subject-matter, it's a surprisingly well-groomed production(and for sheer novelty, what more could you possibly hope for?).


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