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Love Me Deadly (1972)

R | | Horror | 14 July 1972 (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


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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


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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WARNING! This Is The Strangest, Most Un-natural Union Ever Consummated Between The Living And The Dead! See more »




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Release Date:

14 July 1972 (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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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 »


When Lyndsay gets the invitation to the mortuary the envelope has typed information on it. When she is holding the envelope in a different shot, nothing is written on it. 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 ...
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Featured in Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell (1987) See more »


You're Something Special
Written by Phil Moody (uncredited)
Sung by Kit Fuller
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well made slow, sad story of a woman attracted to the dead, who still tries living with the living
11 February 2005 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

Lindsay, a pretty blonde in black complete with veil sits in one of the back rows for a funeral service. She remains after all others have left, and goes up to caress and kiss the dead man, though without quite making contact. The opening credits appear over sepia-tinted scenes of a young blonde girl playing with her loving father.

Lindsay has a party, and a blonde male friend of hers follows her upstairs, but she fights him off. She continues visiting funeral parlors. At one, she bumps into the deceased's brother, an art gallery owner, and they take a mutual liking to each other. He reminds her a little of her father, and innocent sepia-tinted scenes of her with her father are interspersed throughout the film.

Another man cruises by a gay film theater, and picks up a young hustler. He takes him back to his office, saying it's a veterinarian's office, but after he straps the young man down, it's clearly an embalming room.

Lindsay is approached by the cruiser at one of the funerals, and he tells her about necrophilia. She tries to throw herself more deeply into her relationships with her blonde friend and the gallery owner, but she can't handle much more than an arm around the waist or a quick kiss.

She tries joining a group of necrophiliacs at the funeral parlor, but the group activity scares her off. The group does dress in black robes, and use red candles, but they don't seem to be devil worshipers as some others have said.

Her relationship with the gallery owner deepens, but she still can't handle a physical relationship. She also has a couple other secrets no one except her maid knows.

The movie moves fairly slowly, but I found it pretty involving. It is quite sad. I was surprised to see H.B. Halicki (Gone in 60 Seconds, The Junkman) was one of the associate producers! There's also a good musical score. Over the opening credits, the theme song "Love Me Deadly" is sung, and the musical theme is repeated instrumental in different variations throughout.

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