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Luther the Geek (1989)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | 1 July 1989 (USA)
A psychotic killer convicted of multiple murders is released on parole after spending twenty years in prison. His psychosis immediately takes over and he goes on a killing spree.


Carlton J. Albright (screenplay) (as Whitey Styles)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Terry ... The Freak
Joan Roth Joan Roth ... Hilary
Stacy Haiduk ... Beth
Thomas Mills ... Rob
Jerry Clarke ... Trooper (as J. Joseph Clarke)
Tom Brittingham Tom Brittingham ... Geek
Carlton Williams Carlton Williams ... Little Luther
'Chicken' Klabunde 'Chicken' Klabunde ... Carnival Woman
Gil Rogers ... Walsh
Karen Maurise Karen Maurise ... Mrs. Butler
Jerome Borgos Jerome Borgos ... Chairman
Michael Boyle Michael Boyle ... Board Member 4
David Pavlosky David Pavlosky ... Jason
Robert Caraballo Robert Caraballo ... Cook
Nat KT Nat KT ... Teenage Clerk


As a young child Luther The Geek or "The Freak" witnesses a band of men goading a geek (a man who bites off chicken's heads and drinks the blood) into performing. In the ensuing hullabaloo, Luther bites his lip and likes the taste of blood. Flash forward some thirty years and a parole board is meeting to discuss Luther's release. It seems the cheeky blighter has been murdering folk in the meantime. A dopey parole board trainee sides with the liberals and so Luther is unleashed, except now he has a special pair of customised metal teeth. Luther then proceeds to "bite the heads off" of many hapless folk until the tense ending. This movie is most notable for it's bare dialogue, whole stretches pass without a sound. Most of the audio is composed of Luther clucking insanely like a chicken. The film is centred around a farm and the mother and daughter who live there. Other main characters include the daughter's dumb boyfriend and an inefficient local law officer. Written by Cameron Bell <u6b88@keele.ac.uk>

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The Most Rivetting Splatter Film Since "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." See more »


Comedy | Horror


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Young Luther is played by Carlton Albright's youngest child William under the name Carlton Williams, while his oldest son Nathanael plays the teenage clerk under the name Nat TK. See more »


References Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) See more »

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Luther The Geek - A truly strange and disturbing horror movie
21 April 2005 | by modgodeSee all my reviews

One thing's for certain: there aren't a lot of horror movies like this one. If this is a good or a bad thing however is for you to decide. Although Luther The Geek isn't your average splatter film, it obeys the basic rules of the genre and provides its viewer with all the classic ingredients. There is the psycho killer, remorseless and cruel, slashing his victims' neck with razor sharp metal teeth. There is the woman living isolated on a farm in the middle of nowhere, resembling the perfect victim. There is her beautiful, busty daughter who brings along her college boyfriend for some nude and even sex scenes. And there is the small town cop, who heroically takes on the killer all by himself due to his evident lack of intelligence.

It's all there - yet, this movie definitely is different. You'll quickly recognize the unusually silent atmosphere. Furthermore, the movie maintains a slow pace which reinforces the intensity of the pictures and leaves the viewer alone with the strange and sometimes pretty sick action he is forced to witness. A good example is the opening sequence when little Luther meets the chicken killing circus geek in a dark barn. There is no distraction from the picture, no cheap dialogue to fill the silence, no fast cuts. In a time when the typical splatter movie maintains a fast pace, has a high frequency of cuts, is filled with senseless dialogues, with screams and dramatic music, Luther The Geek manages to disturb its viewer by doing quite the opposite. And if this wasn't enough, Luther's behavior does the rest, walking around clucking like a chicken throughout the whole movie.

I don't know if you should consider "Luther The Geek" a classic but it's certainly a memorable movie you won't forget that easily. If you're really into horror movies and especially into those that are somewhat strange and different from mainstream films, you'll like this one. If you're looking for a "cool" scary movie - go and look somewhere else! Anyway, if you consider yourself a splatter film fan you just have to give this one a try! Me? I liked it! Well, kind of...

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1 July 1989 (USA) See more »

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The Freak See more »

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New York, USA See more »

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Albright/Platt Films See more »
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