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Welcome to Arrow Beach (1974)

R | | Horror | May 1974 (USA)
A hippie girl wandering on a California beach is taken in by a Korean War veteran who lives in a nearby mansion with his sister. The girl soon begins to suspect that the mansion is home to ... See full summary »

Director:

Laurence Harvey

Writers:

Wallace C. Bennett (screenplay), Jack Gross Jr. (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Harvey ... Jason Henry
Joanna Pettet ... Grace Henry
Stuart Whitman ... Deputy Rakes
John Ireland ... Sheriff Duke Bingham
Meg Foster ... Robbin Stanley
Gloria LeRoy Gloria LeRoy ... Ginger
David Macklin ... Alex Heath
Dodie Heath Dodie Heath ... Felice
Altovise Davis Altovise Davis ... Deputy Molly (as Altovise Gore)
Elizabeth St. Clair Elizabeth St. Clair ... Head Nurse
Robert Lussier Robert Lussier ... Deputy Lippencourt
Jesse Vint ... Hot Rod Driver
Tony Ballen ... Pharmacist
John Hart ... Doctor
Andy Romano ... Bryant
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A hippie girl wandering on a California beach is taken in by a Korean War veteran who lives in a nearby mansion with his sister. The girl soon begins to suspect that the mansion is home to some very strange goings-on. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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WARNING: What you will see when the girl opens the door will be the most terrifying sight of your life! If you have a weak stomach don't see this movie! See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tender Flesh See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Brut Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Whilst editing the movie, after the shooting, Lawrence Harvey was such in pain because of his illness that he could not sit on any chair. He only squatted on the carpet on his elbows and his knees. See more »

Quotes

Robbin Stanley: [noticing Jason Henry staring at her chest] Just secondary sexual characteristics.
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema release featured the full uncut print. Warner Brothers later relinquished the rights to the film and it was then picked up by Brut Pictures who heavily re-edited it by around 15 minutes, removing most of the cannibalism elements. This shorter version was the print released on UK video by Hollywood Nites in 1988. See more »

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Featured in Celluloid Bloodbath: More Prevues from Hell (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Can Tell Us Why
Music by Bert Keyes and George Barrie
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Lou Rawls
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"Food" for exploitation fanatics with an iron attention span…
30 October 2016 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

I honestly wouldn't go as far as to call "Welcome to Arrow Beach" a good film, not nearly in fact, but it's definitely an intriguing and bizarrely compelling mess! This film features the themes and plot aspects of a typically sick-spirited and coarse exploitation flick of the early 70s, but at the same time it has the cast and the musical guidance (Lou Rawls!) of a more sophisticated and ambitious melodrama. The supportive cast is already impressive, with names like Joanna Pettet and John Ireland, while the lead actor/director Laurence Harvey even briefly was a respectable A-listed actor who appeared in blockbusters like "The Manchurian Candidate" and "The Alamo". For some incomprehensible reason, Laurence Harvey decided – shortly before his untimely death due to stomach cancer – to direct himself depicting a dangerously disturbed Korean War veteran who lures gullible girls into the fancy beach house that he shares with his sister, but only with the intention to hack 'em up in the basement and EAT them! We slowly (… VERY slowly…), through incomplete and obscure flashbacks, learn that Harvey's character Jason Henry got forced to revert to cannibalism during the war in order to survive, which evidently left him severely traumatized and mentally unstable for life. The main problem with "Welcome to Arrow Beach", apart from the at times intolerably slow pacing, is that practically nothing happens and that the horror of it all almost exclusively relies on suggestion. We never see Jason Henry consume human flesh and there are only two short and rather vague sequences in which he waves around a meat cleaver and pulls the face of a genuine madman. The other 98% of the film's footage revolves around the naive but lush hippie girl Robbin Stanley (played by a young Meg Foster who only just recently had a glorious supportive role in Rob Zombie's "31") who consecutively survives a wicked hitch-hike with a crazed hot rod driver, narrowly escapes from Henry's slaughter basement, gets called a liar by the police and then flees with a hunky doctor's assistant. Then there's also the completely irrelevant and dull sub plot of the local Sheriff who runs a campaign in order to get re-elected… There are a few isolated moments of suspense, mainly accomplished by Harvey himself thanks to his intense performance, and the fairly brutish massacre of a depressed middle-aged prostitute is the film's dubious highlight.


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