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The Weirdo (1989)

R | | Drama, Horror | January 1989 (USA)
After years of torment and torture, a disturbed young man snaps and takes out his frustration in particularly violent ways.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Burington ... Donnie Raymond
Jessica Straus ... Jenny
Naomi Sherwood ... Miss Martins
Lynne Angus ... Lisa
John Rand ... Rev. Cummings
Janet Roberts ... Mrs. Cummings
Lynne Caryl ... Ma Raymond
Carroll Oden ... Mr. Cycil Price
Shawn Player ... Nails
... Dean
Dennis Robbins ... Vic
John Taylor ... Bill the Counterman
... Boots (as Julie Winchester)
Melanie Ewbank ... Rhoda
Shari Michaels ... Mother in Park
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Donnie Raymond is a typical weirdo; a mildly autistic, shed-dwelling loner living in Los Angeles who is looked after by a kindly elderly woman named Miss Martins, who is his adopted mother. Lisa, Miss Martin's niece, comes to visit and is told to stay away from Donnie, who begins doing volunteer work at a local church where he meets an equally troubled teenage girl named Jenny, who becomes smitten with him and the two start a tentative romance. For the first time in his life, Donnie thinks that he has a purpose and is happy, but this is very short-lived. After years of torment and torture by his estranged mother, three neighborhood punks and their girlfriend, rejection and attempted eviction from the shed by Miss Martins, and scolding by the neighborhood cleric Reverend Cummings and the reverend's wife, the young Donnie snaps and takes out his frustration with society in particularly violent ways. Written by Larry B.

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Drama | Horror

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$50,000 (estimated)
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Andy Milligan filmed a version of this film in 1970 on Staten Island which remains unreleased and lost. It starred Michael St. Shaw playing the character of Willie, Melinda Dockery as Jennie and Maya Reid in a dual role as Willie's aunt and a nun. See more »

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Miss Martins: Be careful how you move with Donnie. He becomes easily frightened of any sudden movement. And never, never raise your voice to him or he might become violent.
Lisa: You mean he's dangerous?
Miss Martins: No, just different.
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Oh yeah, this is gonna be painful.
28 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

Scanning through the threadbare plot: Mildly retarded man falls in love with troubled girl, is pushed around by town bullies and then, eventually snaps, murdering those who caused him pain. THE WEIRDO, made by one of the most reviled directors in cinema history - Andy Milligan - should be taken with a grain of salt. He has a passion for the odd and makes due with what he's given, but we all know he doesn't have a talented bone in his body. Here, in THE WEIRDO, Milligan's budget seems to have been "upped" significantly since bad movie epics like THE BLOODTHIRSTY BUTCHERS and GURU THE MAD MONK. Fortunately, those schlocky aforementioned films had a certain flare in 'em, while THE WEIRDO is nothing but talk, talk, talk without pay-off. I had hoped in the final massacre it'd be in brutal and spectacular fashion. Unfortunately, Milligan seemed more in interested in making a drama about Donny's torment, pain and involvement with his romantic interest, so little focus was on the actual revenge theme. I'm pretty sure I dozed off at some point, but in a movie like this, can ya blame me? Really, this is bottom-of-the-barrel material. Apart from the interesting highly derivative] concept, THE WEIRDO has absolutely NOTHING of worth.


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