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The Sex Killer (1967)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  5 July 1967 (USA)
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A loner who works in a mannequin factory stalks and strangles women in Times Square.


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Uncredited cast:
Rita Bennett ...
Sunbather (uncredited)
Helena Clayton ...
Uta Erickson ...
Hooker (uncredited)
Sharon Kent ...
Blonde on Couch (uncredited)
Bob Meyer ...
Tony (uncredited)
Bob Oran ...
Tony's Boss (uncredited)


A loner who works in a mannequin factory stalks and strangles women in Times Square.

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Strange entry from the world of Adults Only cinema.
31 March 2003 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

Mention the name "Barry Mahon" to film buffs and most of the time you will get a blank stare. Students of the Adults Only subgenre might bring up THE BEAST THAT KILLED WOMEN and hopefully soon people will be discussing THE DEAD ONE, a serious terror thriller that has just been rediscovered. Barry is also responsible for this film, a moody black and white drama that had a lot of potential which went unrealised. The plot (oh yes there's a plot) centers on Tony, a quiet guy who works in a warehouse that makes mannequins for department stores. Tony appears to be a shy fellow who seldom says three complete sentences in a whole day and lives a Spartan existence in his barely furnished apartment. One day Tony asks his boss if he can take a mannequin home. When he is turned down Tony "borrows" a head and actually takes it on a date! He takes it to a bar and talks to it while the bartender looks on and shakes his head. (The bar, like all other locations in this film, is a real one and that was probably the real bartender playing himself. The look on his face is meant to apply to Tony, the character in the film but you can imagine he was watching the scene being filmed and thought "The things some guys will do for a job.") Tiring of his bodiless date Tony buys some binoculars and sneaks into a high rise apartment to spy on women sunbathing topless on the roofs of the walkup apartments nearby. This is an interesting look at how much easier life was when this was filmed. The apartment we see has no doorman and it is relatively easy for Tony to sneak in a side door and go up to the roof. In fact he does it several times in the movie and is never stopped even once! This is where Mr. Mahon separates us from reality a little too well. Reel-istically all of the women Tony spies on are attractive but notice how the camera angle changes frequently as he spies on them. We are supposed to see what Tony is seeing through his binoculars, so how can the angle of his vision keep changing? Just keep saying "It's only a movie." Even spying is not enough after a while and Tony starts stalking the women he spies on and strangles them to death. Of course since he never bothers to cover his tracks it is only a matter of time (and not much time either, this movie runs less than one hour) before Tony comes to the end of the road. You can see that for yourself though; I won't spoil the end for you. I wondered how this movie would have looked had it been done without dialogue (qv., DEMENTIA (a/k/a DAUGHTER OF HORROR)). The dialogue really adds nothing to the plot except something to laugh at; it is the visuals that hold our interest. Not a classic, but not wholly unwatchable either. The nudity and violence blend into the plot well and even the abrupt ending does not seem to be contrived. Nicely done, but not the sort of movie you can watch over and over.

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