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  • 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.


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  • The film focuses on brilliant, yet misunderstood youth named Luther. After a lengthy apprenticeship under a master chicken wrangler, Luther is framed by jealous townspeople for a series of murders. Luther's dream to attend dental school is shattered!

    Luther is unjustly incarcerated for 20 years, and spends his time learning a new language and studying dentistry. Luckily, the parole board realizes this grave injustice, and sets Luther free.

    After his release, Luther ventures into town looking for work at the local grocery store. He is ridiculed by the staff because they are intimidated by his homemade dentures and eloquent verbal skills.

    Fleeing the store, Luther stops to help a hungry elderly woman, only for her to attack him. Luther attempts to calm her, but she kills herself in a fit of rage. The townspeople quickly assume that Luther is to blame, and he is forced to flee.

    Borrowing a vehicle, Luther retreats to serenity of the countryside hoping to start anew. He soon spots a small farmhouse, and stops by the inquire if perhaps there are any chores he could do in exchange for a hot meal.

    Unfortunately, the farmhouse is inhabited by a family of lunatic criminals. Instead of helping Luther get back on his feet, they kidnap and torment him. Luther tries to reason with the family, offering them free dental care and instruction in a foreign language in exchange for his freedom. The family refuses, and begins hunting Luther along with the help of an evil sheriff.

    Luther fights valiantly against the racist hillbillies, but is eventually killed by a mentally ill woman.

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