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Ruby (1977)

R | | Drama, Horror | 24 June 1977 (USA)
Sixteen years after Ruby Claire's gangster boyfriend was shot and killed by four associates, a series of gruesome murders takes place at the drive-in movie theatre she now owns. Meanwhile, ... See full summary »

Director:

Curtis Harrington

Writers:

George Edwards (screenplay), Steve Krantz (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Piper Laurie ... Ruby Claire
Stuart Whitman ... Vince Kemper
Roger Davis ... Dr. Paul Keller
Janit Baldwin ... Leslie Claire
Crystin Sinclaire ... Lila June
Paul Kent Paul Kent ... Louie
Len Lesser ... Barney
Jack Perkins ... Avery
Eddy Donno ... Jess (as Edward Donno)
Sal Vecchio Sal Vecchio ... Nicky Rocco
Fred Kohler Jr. ... Jake Miller (as Fred Kohler)
Rory Stevens Rory Stevens ... Donny
Raymond Kark Raymond Kark ... First Man
Jan Burrell Jan Burrell ... First Woman
Kip Gillespie Kip Gillespie ... Herbie
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Storyline

Sixteen years after Ruby Claire's gangster boyfriend was shot and killed by four associates, a series of gruesome murders takes place at the drive-in movie theatre she now owns. Meanwhile, the behaviour of her mute daughter Leslie is becoming increasingly strange and a visiting psychic claims that forces from beyond are out for revenge. Written by Ross Horsley <explodo@hotmail.com>

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Christened in blood, raised in sin, she's sweet sixteen, let the PARTY begin! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Ruby See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to both Piper Laurie and Curtis Harrington, film director Leni Riefenstahl admired RUBY. See more »

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Although the film is set in 1951, when the projectionist is killed, a 1970s can of A&W Root Beer falls off of a shelf, along with a red extension cord. See more »

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Referenced in Riot on 42nd St. (1987) See more »

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Written and Performed by Don Dunn
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A "lost" horror movie that should remain that way!
11 August 2005 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Horror movie with a needlessly convoluted plot. In 1935 a gangster's girlfriend named Ruby (Piper Laurie) sees her boyfriend shot down dead. At that moment she gives birth to his baby (!!!) The movie cuts to 16 years later. Ruby is an alcoholic running a drive in and Leslie is her daughter--born a deaf mute (I think). For reasons never made totally clear she has the guys who shot her boyfriend dead working for her in the drive in! Then they start getting killed--it seems Ruby's ex is coming back for revenge...

If that synopsis sounds confusing you should see the movie! Curtis Harrington is a good director and I'm giving this a 4 just because it is well-directed...it just doesn't make a lot of sense. I saw the director's cut which was thought to be lost. Harrington was fired before the movie was finished. The producer took the movie, cut out all the violence and shot scenes with a totally different cast! That was the one released. Harrington complained about it and said his version was gone. Somehow it was found and that's the one I saw. If this is the cut the director approved I can only wonder how bad the reedited version was! Scenes seem to end before they're finished; the plot meanders all over the place; there are way too many unanswered questions still lingering at the end; Ruby is inexplicably always dressed like a madam; the special effects are poor; the deaths are very poorly done (and look REAL fake); the twist at the end comes out of nowhere--and doesn't make a lot of sense and, basically, this is BORING!

Laurie is a wonderful actress but she's terrible in this. She appears to be drunk most of the time--or looks like she wishes she were. Stuart Whitman walks through his role. Janit Baldwin is actually pretty good as Leslie. And Roger Davis (fondly remembered from "Dark Shadows") pops up about 30 minutes in as a parapsychologist. He has little to do with the plot except have Whitman provide some clumsy exposition to him. It's supposed to clear up the plot--it doesn't.

A dull, confusing mess. Not worth seeing at all. It's really a shame-the VCI DVD looks just beautiful.


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