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Deathmaster (1972)

PG | | Horror | August 1972 (USA)
Quarry is a mysterious, articulate stranger who draws a cult like following of local hippies. Rather than showing them peace and love, he has more sinister plans for them, as he is a ... See full summary »

Director:

Ray Danton

Writer:

R.L. Grove (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Quarry ... Khorda
Bill Ewing Bill Ewing ... Pico
Brenda Dickson Brenda Dickson ... Rona Ashby
John Fiedler ... Pop
Bobby Pickett ... Kirkwood (as Bob Pickett)
William Jordan William Jordan ... Monk Reynolds
Betty Anne Rees ... Esslin
LaSesne Hilton LaSesne Hilton ... Barbado (as Le Sesne Hilton)
John Lasell John Lasell ... Sgt. Kelly
Michael Cronin Michael Cronin ... Mike
Charles Hornsby Charles Hornsby ... Charles
Kitty Vallacher Kitty Vallacher ... Bridey
Tari Tabakin Tari Tabakin ... Mavis
Freda T. Vanterpool Freda T. Vanterpool ... Dancer
Olympia Silvers Olympia Silvers ... Olympia (as Olympia Sylvers)
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Quarry is a mysterious, articulate stranger who draws a cult like following of local hippies. Rather than showing them peace and love, he has more sinister plans for them, as he is a vampire. Written by Doug Hall <dfhall@fyi.net>

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An Adventure in Terror! First a Whimper in the shadows, then a scream of mortal agony. Beware! Khorda has left his grave. See more »

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Trivia

The critic Robert Ebert claims that the Santa Monica beach used at the start of the movie is the exact same location used by Corman's "Attack of the Crab Monsters". See more »

Goofs

When Esslin is bitten by Khorda, at one point we see the two bloody fang marks on the left side of her neck. It the next scene where she is dancing and later goes after Pico, the fang marks are gone. See more »

Quotes

Monk: "You know what you all are? You're all a bunch of friggin' freaks and honkies! Every damn last one of you! I'm going to town to get me some steak and whiskey!"
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Connections

Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 2 (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

A Man without a Vision
Music by Ray Conniff
Lyrics by Fred Sadoff and Bobby Pickett (as Bob Pickett)
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Far Out Man!
28 March 2000 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Robert Quarry only did a handful of horror films unfortunately, but each showcases a fine performance of subtlety mixed with genuine menace. The Deathmaster is no exception. The film chronicles the activities of a vampire named Khorda that becomes the guru of a hippie commune in California. Quarry gives the vampiric guru charm and aloofness as he spouts hippie doctrines to eager high listeners, waiting for some kind of direction in their lives. The film itself is nothing monumental, yet I found it to be thoroughly entertaining. It is a period piece in a way, because it shows just how prevalent the hippie culture was and shows us the costume of the day so to speak. Quarry gives a fine performance, as do the bulk of the cast. There are some splendid scenes in the film, most notably the opening one of a man on a beach performing some ritual and playing his flute. Moments later we see a coffin wash up on the shore. A jogger comes across it, opens it, and attempts to flee. Just as he turns, the flute player throttles him and he falls to the sun-dried sand. This is the best scene in the film, but the rest is pretty entertaining overall.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1972 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$110,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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