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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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William Girdler
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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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A Padlocked Shed, Hooks of Cold Steel -- a Maniac on the loose See more »

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R | See all certifications »

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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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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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if boredom hurts, this movie is an ax to the skull
3 July 2000 | by moonisgodSee all my reviews

"Three on a Meathook" is a catchy title. And that's the only redeeming quality about this movie. This film has been mentioned in about every book about Ed Gein as being "inspired by the true-life killings", but there's absolutely no connection aside from the fact Ed Gein killed people, and so did the guy in "Meathook". If you heard about "Meathook" while doing research on Ed Gein, watch "Deranged" instead; it's closer to the true story.

There is nothing gory about this movie, except a few frames in the beginning and a few frames in the end. I'm talking about less than seconds worth of gore. After the deaths in the first 5 minutes, the supposed killer is shown farming, dancing and falling in love. I personally would like to see a movie about what happens after murders, but I wish it wasn't as boring as "Meathook". Who wants to see this David Letterman look-alike farm? Love is great, but I don't want it clogging up my slasher movie! I rented it for a reason, and it wasn't to sit there watching some normal guy's life for an hour.

"Three on a Meathook" was, quite simply put, boring. There was action in the beginning, a little tiny bit of action in the end, and an expanse of drearyness in the middle. It gives a new definition to the word "slow". Don't waste your life watching this.


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