4.9/10
66
4 user 1 critic

Sweet Murder (1990)

Lisa Smith is having trouble making the rent, so she advertises for a female roommate. A young woman named Laurie moves in, unaware that Lisa is an insane killer.

Director:

Percival Rubens

Writers:

Clay McBride (additional dialogue), Percival Rubens (story and screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Mutator (1989)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A beast gets loose in a laboratory, killing all in it's way. A former scientist, now working as a custodian tries to stop it.

Director: John R. Bowey
Stars: Brion James, Carolyn Ann Clark, Milton Raphael Murill
Feast of July (1995)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After an abandoned young woman in late 19th Century England is taken in by a rural couple with three handsome sons, tragic consequences result.

Director: Christopher Menaul
Stars: Embeth Davidtz, Tom Bell, Gemma Jones
Club V.R. (Video 1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

The Century club VR club virtual reality in Los Angeles. When there is a brutal murder, a beautiful female-investigator begins the investigation. However, she soon realizes that the case might interfere with her sexual fantasies.

Director: Gary Hudson
Stars: Kate Rodger, Russell Todd, Erika Anderson
The Garden of Redemption (TV Movie 1997)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A priest struggles with his religious beliefs as he sees his countrymen murdered in Nazi occupied Italy and as he becomes attracted to a woman operating in the resistance.

Director: Thomas Michael Donnelly
Stars: Marta Amaro, Anthony LaPaglia, João Arouca
Simon Magus (1999)
Mystery | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Simon is an outcast from his Jewish community, because he claims that the devil talks to him, and he has the ability to put curses on crops. When Dovid asks the "Squire" to sell him some ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Hopkins
Stars: Noah Taylor, Stuart Townsend, Sean McGinley
Last Rites (TV Movie 1998)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A man (Quaid) is executed in the electric chair for having killed several women, but due to lightning striking a transformer at the moment of execution, he survives. As soon as he's well, ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Dowling
Stars: Randy Quaid, Embeth Davidtz, A Martinez
Till Death Us Do Part (TV Movie 1992)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

This is a true crime story based on the book of the same title by prosecuting attorney, Vincent Bugliosi. (Bugliosi is the L.A. prosecutor that put Charles Manson away.) On December 11, ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Simoneau
Stars: Treat Williams, Arliss Howard, Rebecca Jenkins
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Helene Udy ... Lisa Smith
Russell Todd ... Dell Davis
Danny Keogh Danny Keogh ... Jerry Scott
Michael McCabe Michael McCabe ... George Pearson
Embeth Davidtz ... Laurie Shannon
Rex Garner Rex Garner ... Mr. Cooper
John Hussey ... Mr. Green
Clive Scott Clive Scott ... Waiter
At Botha At Botha ... Cop 1
Ben Kruger Ben Kruger ... Cop 2
Nicky Rebelo Nicky Rebelo ... Messenger
Jason Roberts Jason Roberts ... Student 1
David Thomas David Thomas ... Student 2
Michael Brunner Michael Brunner ... Jed
Ian Roussouw Ian Roussouw ... Roadhouse waiter (as Ian Rossouw)
Edit

Storyline

Lisa Smith is having trouble making the rent, so she advertises for a female roommate. A young woman named Laurie moves in, unaware that Lisa is an insane killer.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Some people would kill for the perfect roommate.

Genres:

Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for stabbing scenes, and for sexuality and language
Edit

Details

Country:

South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1990 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Mördergrube See more »

Filming Locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Percival Rubens's last film. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Percival Rubens
19 October 2000 | by MikeJackKearneySee all my reviews

Percy Rubens, the director of this gem, is an ultra-obscure film maker who, apparently, specialized in South African rip-offs of successful American films. His movie THE DEMON was a re-working of HALLOWEEN set in Johannesburg, and SWEET MURDER must have been his attempt to do a SINGLE WHITE FEMALE-style thriller. Well, his attempt was pathetic! First of all, the film is staged almost entirely indoors and looks like it was shot in a set of low-rent office suites. The main character, an unemployed weirdo with daddy issues, is supposed to be an American woman from Kentucky who just happened to accidentally end up in South Africa when she was backpacking through Europe. She spends the whole movie moping around in a pair of overalls, stopping occasionally to stab someone or don a really bad blond wig. They talk about her looking for a job, but they don't explain how a vagabond American would ever obtain a work permit. In fact, they don't even come out and say they live in South Africa, opting instead to make vague references about "the city," "the country," and other euphemisms (maybe they were scared of the trade embargo).

At least THE DEMON could be appreciated by fans of those grainy, crusty, low-budget crime movies of the late 1970's and early 1980's (it did, in fact, have the same look and feel of the old "Police Story" TV series). SWEET MURDER, with its cheap sets and hokey acting, resembles a Spanish-language sitcom written and directed by someone who thinks "Don't have a cow, man!" is a common utterance by angered Americans. Even the video box is a bad carbon copy of the ad print for SINGLE WHITE FEMALE, except the women featured on the tape sleeve aren't even the ones in the movie. Bad movie... Bad, bad movie.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed