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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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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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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

30 April 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

3 on a Meathook! See more »

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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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Loosely based on real-life killer/cannibal Ed Gein, whose story also inspired, among other films, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and Psycho (1960). See more »

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When the second girl is shot to death in the Townsend house she goes from being fired upon to covered in large amounts of blood between frames. See more »

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Odd mix of cannibalism/psychodrama/love story
17 February 2001 | by thomandybishSee all my reviews

A group of shapely girls get stranded near an isolated farmhouse(so far so formulaic)and are given shelter by a young man and his father who inhabit the house. The father wants the girls out, hinting at disaster("Billy, I don't want to be unreasonable, but you know how you get around women...")which of course comes true when the chicks get the axe...literally.

Okay, so it looks to be shaping up to be a run-of-the-mill gore film, but insert a love interest for the confounded Billy, a college-dropout-turned-cocktail-waitress, and the love story element is underway. The couple wander through meadows of goldenrod while the girl explains all this(the college drop-out bit)and Billy agrees to invite his new squeeze and her friend to his farm, where there's more talky character development(on the part of the friend, who spouts some kind of florid anti-Vietnam rhetoric in regard to her dead boyfriend)and all the horror of the killings is revealed! And the epilogue is unusual in that it actually gives promise for Billy and his girlfriend's future!

Okay, so maybe it's a stretch to say this is a decent movie, but come on, how many gore films even attempt any character development? You almost feel sorry for Billy and his plight. The dialogue leans toward more overripeness than camp, and so the dialogue seems more like TV movie of the week fare than Ed Wood. Still, it is an unusual flick.


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