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Kiss the Girls Goodbye (1997)

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Overbearing mom causes Carl's sociopathic behavior.



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Complete credited cast:
Stephanie Shaub ...
Dawn Hanson
Ann O'Leary ...
Zena Dell Schroeder ...
Beth (as Zena Del Stephens)
Steven Friedlander ...
Matt Fallon ...
Joan Neubauer ...
Carl's Mother
Roberta West ...
Dawn's Mother
Bill Bleiweiss ...
Robert Ryder ...
Man in Boxers
Delia Kenney ...
Silvana Tei Kenney ...
Kim's Mother
Ricky Corredera ...
Arthur Yreche ...
Poetry Boy


Overbearing mom causes Carl's sociopathic behavior.

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A great flick that makes your skin crawl
23 August 2004 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

As a self proclaimed B movie freak, its not often that I stumble across a little gem like this. Most low budget straight to video films are garbage. But every once and awhile, you come across a strange little movie like this, one that makes you think, where the hell did this thing come from, who the hell made it, and why haven't I heard of it? I also wonder why it took so long to be released on DVD? It came out on video in 1997, but it was only released on DVD this year.

The story revolves around a college girl, Dawn, and a demented piano instructor, Carl. The movie starts with Dawn's car breaking down; she makes the mistake of accepting a ride by Carl. The ride starts out normal enough, but it soon gets bizarre as Carl casually steers the conversation to the subject of anal sex. After a strange abduction scene in which a bystander wearing ham & egg boxers is gunned down in cold blood, Carl locks Dawn up in a secret room behind his closet. There he shoots her up with heroin and takes photos of her as they have more weird conversations. Carl soon decides that one woman is not enough, so he goes after Dawn's attractive roommate, Robin, whom he picks up at a bar. This plan quickly goes to hell when Carl takes the drunk Robin into the secret room to see the chained up Dawn. Eventually, Carl pawns Dawn off as his girlfriend to his nagging mom, but the happiness is short lived as Carl blows his mom away at the dinner table.

Needless to say, more people die and eventually Dawn escapes. Most abduction movies would end here, but that's what makes this one special. This movie is only half done. Once Dawn is free, she discovers that she no longer fits into society, she's the freak at the party that everyone is talking about. Plus she's addicted to heroin and she can't find any on campus. So when Carl comes prowling around, it's not surprising that she goes back to him. I won't give away the ending, but I'll just say that it works.

It's obvious this movie was made on a low budget, all the actors are unknown and the film is kind of grainy, but that only adds to the whole feeling of uneasiness and despair. If you're sick of all the over produced, mind numbing, big budget thrillers that Hollywood is churning out these days, this movie is for you.

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