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Love Me Deadly (1972)

Unrated | | Horror | January 1973 (USA)
A young socialite struggling to control her necrophiliac urges is torn between her affection for a kind businessman and the mortician who supplies her with bodies.


Jacques Lacerte


Roger Wall (story idea), Robert Cleere (story idea) | 1 more credit »




Credited cast:
Mary Charlotte Wilcox ... Lindsay Finch (as Mary Wilcox)
Lyle Waggoner ... Alex Martin
Christopher Stone ... Wade Farrow
Timothy Scott ... Fred McSweeney
Michael Pardue Michael Pardue ... Lindsay's Father
Dassa Cates Dassa Cates ... House Keeper
Terri Anne Duvalis Terri Anne Duvalis ... Lindsay as a Child
Louis Joeffred Louis Joeffred ... McSweeney's Colleague
Bruce Adams Bruce Adams ... McSweeney's Colleague
Barbara Fisher Barbara Fisher ... Prostitute
Edith Sills Edith Sills ... Alex's Mother
Irving Rosen Irving Rosen ... Dinner Guest
H.B. Halicki ... Race Driver (as Toby Halicki)
I. William Quinn I. William Quinn ... Billy-Jo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Jacobs Michael Jacobs ... Love Slave
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A young socialite struggling to control her necrophiliac urges is torn between her affection for a kind businessman and the mortician who supplies her with bodies.

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BEWARE! Lindsay is 18 and alone...when the lights in the theater go out...pray for Lindsay AND FOR YOURSELF! See more »




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Did You Know?


Released to a limited number of theaters in 1973 as 'Secrets of Death Room' on a double bill with November Children (1972), with the latter sporting the title 'Nightmare of Death'. See more »


The corpse of the chubby guy is clearly breathing and swallows a couple times. See more »


Lindsay Finch: Don't you understand? I said, I'm not going.
Fred McSweeney: I believe I do understand. I recognised you from the Baxter funeral on the seventh. I couldn't help but notice your affection for the deceased.
Lindsay Finch: You must be mistaken. I know no one named Baxter. Please, I don't want to be rude...
Fred McSweeney: The word is, necrophilia. Turn on your lights and follow that car.
[they drive off]
Fred McSweeney: You're upset. Don't be. We're quite normal people, just with different passions. Our drives and needs aren't understood by many people, so we have...
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You're Something Special
Written by Phil Moody (uncredited)
Sung by Kit Fuller
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Far better than expected
23 February 2006 | by Tristan!-2See all my reviews

To be honest, when one reads the synopsis of this film one expects the worst. Surprisingly, this is an engaging and frank study both of necrophilia and of a daughter's inability to let go of the past.

Helped along by a very professional sounding theme tune (sung by Kit Fuller), and a lively score echoing films of much more mainstream cinema, this is a shocking film that will make you think for a long time afterwards. Unfortunately, the good acting and imaginative story is let down by some chronically bad editing - particularly when we are suddenly introduced to the character of Alex - but this aside, you should find much more to enjoy about this movie than you will find to dislike about it.

"Love Me Deadly" is to necrophilia what "Max Mon Amour" is to bestiality: one of the last taboos to be tackled in an grown-up fashion, but which can be appreciated by an audience without needing to visit a seedy sex-shop; where story comes first, and titillation is far down the line.

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Release Date:

January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Secrets of the Death Room See more »

Filming Locations:

Melrose, California, USA See more »


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$42,500 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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