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THE SADIST with Arch Hall, Jr. in person!

Director James Landis
Year 1963
Starring Arch Hall Jr., Richard Alden, Marilyn Manning
Rating UR
Run Time 92min
More Info IMDb

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California is a beautiful place. But it's also a place where evil lurks, in the form of . . . Arch Hall, Jr.! Loosely based on the crimes of Charles Starkweather, who provided the sicko inspiration for BADLANDS and NATURAL BORN KILLERS, THE SADIST is a rabid, angst-filled champion of 1960s horror. Teen exploitation star Arch Hall, Jr. (WILD GUITAR, EEGAH) trades in his Fender Strat for a Colt pistol as "Charlie," a giggling, bug-eyed scumbag with a rude tan. With the help of an unhinged baby-doll girlfriend, Charlie terrorizes a small group of travelers as they make their way to a Los Angeles Dodgers game. Beautifully photographed by Vilmos Zsigmond (THE LONG GOODBYE, DELIVERANCE) and presented in real time, THE SADIST is a quiet, unexpectedly ferocious nail-biter that's filled with incredible performances and a sense of constant doom. If an episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE was directed by Tobe Hooper circa 1974, it might have turned out like this movie. (Joseph A. Ziemba)

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