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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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  (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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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A love triangle between the living and the dead, 4 August 2009
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

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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