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Sweet Kill (1972)

Horror and suspense in the story of a psychotic maniac who literally "loves" women to death.

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Curtis Hanson

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Curtis Hanson
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tab Hunter ... Eddie Collins
Cherie Latimer Cherie Latimer ... Lauren
Nadyne Turney Nadyne Turney ... Barbara
Isabel Jewell ... Mrs. Cole
Linda Leider Linda Leider ... Vickie
Roberta Collins ... Call Girl
John Aprea ... Richard
Kate McKeown Kate McKeown ... Sherry
Angus Scrimm ... Henry (as Rory Guy)
Frank Whiteman Frank Whiteman ... Willard
Harv Selsby Harv Selsby ... Davidson
Josh Green Josh Green ... Danny
John Pearce John Pearce ... Mr. Howard
Sandy Kenyon ... Newscaster
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Horror and suspense in the story of a psychotic maniac who literally "loves" women to death.

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Arousers See more »

Filming Locations:

Venice, California, USA

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Budget:

$110,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Disappointed by the box-office generated under its original release title "Sweet Kill", Roger Corman had Curtis Hanson shoot additional sex scenes over a period of two days, to spice-up the film, and retitled it and re-released it as The Arousers. It didn't help the film's box-office much. See more »

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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »

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Nothing special here...but it could have been
23 January 2004 | by Oliver-50See all my reviews

It's hard to imagine that Curtis Hanson, the man who directed the exceptional films 'L.A. Confidential' and 'The Bedroom Window' could make such an unmemorable film. Too bad, because it had potential to be a real cult classic. Tab Hunter's performance is terrific as the man who is unable to make love to women, so in order to compensate he murders them. Everything is in place for a great movie and the first third of the film is really quite intense.

To show everything from Hunter's point of a view is voyeuristic treat at first, and it all seems quite real. Sadly, director Hanson loses sight of this edge early on and uses the same gimmick throughout, making it quite monotonous and ultimately boring. Not only that, but he shows us other unimportant characters just to fill the already short running time (84 min), because there really isn't enough of a movie here.

I managed to find this film under it's alias name 'The Arousers.' Despite my negative remarks, the movie is worth a look, if anything to see one of Curtis Hanson's firsts and Tab Hunter's creepy performance. Maybe some viewers will get into it, but I lost it after a half hour.


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