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Three on a Meathook (1972)

Four girls go on a romping weekend at a lake, and have car problems on the way home. A nice local boy takes them back to his farm, where he lives with his father. Something ghastly happens,... See full summary »

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William Girdler

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Cast

Cast overview:
Charles Kissinger ... Pa Townsend
James Carroll Pickett ... Billy Townsend (as James Pickett)
Sherry Steiner ... Sherry
Madelyn Buzzard Madelyn Buzzard ... Becky
John Shaw John Shaw
Marsha Tarbis Marsha Tarbis
Carolyn Thompson Carolyn Thompson
Kiersten Laine Kiersten Laine
Linda Thompson ... Debbie
Hugh Smith Hugh Smith
Thomas Todd Thomas Todd
Smith Haynie Smith Haynie ... Young Billy
Alice Summers Alice Summers
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Four girls go on a romping weekend at a lake, and have car problems on the way home. A nice local boy takes them back to his farm, where he lives with his father. Something ghastly happens, but the father helps his son as he has in the past. When the boy meets a girl and begins falling in love, the father worries about a repeat performance. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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WARNING: Not For The Bloody Mary For Lunch Bunch! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

3 on a Meathook! See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisville, Kentucky, USA See more »

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$20,000 (estimated)
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Studio 1 Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color
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Trivia

Filmed in and around Louisville, Kentucky, home of director William Girdler. See more »

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When Billy is driving the truck at night the headlights alternate between being off and being on between shots. See more »

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The motion picture you have just seen is completely fiction. Any resemblance to a place or person, whether living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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Referenced in Holliston: Joe's Soda (2013) See more »

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Oh Billy, Billy, Billy.....
26 September 2005 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

Ultra-low-budget, skid row version of Psycho lands firmly in the category of so-bad-its-good!

Why is it that every time handsome, young Billy brings a girl home that she ends up butchered?

One of a number of drive-in horror flicks that William Girdler made in the '70's, this one being fairly memorable. As with many films of its budget, the raw, natural settings add to the moody believability of the picture. James Pickett turns in a decent performance as the films main character, who seems to have some problems indeed. Charles Kissinger plays off well enough as Pickett's odd father. Girdler gives the film a gritty, but nicely moody music score.

As with many exploitation films of its day, there's plenty of gore and skin to see. After all, what would you expect from a movie with this memorable title!

All in all, Three on a Meathook is a film that's certainly not for all tastes! Fans of the B genre, especially from this era will likely enjoy this horrific and unintentional funny flick.

** 1/2 out of ****


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