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The Thrill Killers (1964)

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Three psychotic murderers escape from a mental institution and stalk women in Los Angeles.

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Ron Haydock (additional dialogue), Gene Pollock | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Dennis Steckler ... Mort "Mad Dog" Click (as Cash Flagg)
Liz Renay ... Liz Saxon
Joseph Bardo ... Joe Saxon (as Brick Bardo)
Carolyn Brandt ... Carol
Gary Kent ... Gary Barcroft
Herb Robins ... Herbie Click
Keith O'Brien ... Keith Rogers
Laura Benedict ... Linda
Ron Burr ... Ron
Titus Moede ... Motorcycle Officer / Yes Man at Party
Erina Enyo ... Erina Devore
Atlas King ... Dennis Kesdekian
Nancy Crawford ... Mrs. Kesdekian
Gene Pollock Gene Pollock ... Detective
George Caldwell George Caldwell ... First Police Officer (as Force McCall)
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Three psychotic murderers escape from a mental institution and stalk women in Los Angeles.

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Homicidal maniacs on a bloody rampage!


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Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1964 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Maniacs Are Loose! See more »

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Mono
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Trivia

The film was meant to only focus on the three mental patients. However, during shooting director Ray Dennis Steckler realized that the film was not going to run long enough, and decided to shoot scenes with him as Click. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was re-released under the title "The Maniacs Are Loose!" which added a color prologue with famed hypnotist Ormond McGill (billed as "The Amazing Ormond"), as well as extended color sequences of a "hypnodisc" during the moments where Steckler and company would burst out into the audience. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Angel of Vengeance (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Running Wild
Performed by Ron Haydock & the Boppers
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"I Hate People!"
1 February 2000 | by wdw-3See all my reviews

I dug this film so much when I first saw it because it epitomizes what makes low budget exploitation good camp entertainment. It seems to be made made solely to exploit itself and does it's damndest to deliver. I like the b & w cinematography and the various cinematic devices used albeit some quite cliche. The camp and subversive elements are given to us hand in hand when serial killer Mort Click tells one of his female victims "People are no good" "I hate People!" "I'm going to kill you". Super cheesy chase at the end is the capper and, because it's slightly anti-climactic, only makes the exploitation motives more obvious therefore giving "The Thrill Killers" very high camp value. I still think it's an admirable and entertaining effort by a spirited and eccentric auteur.


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