“You know what happens when you get around women — and it can’t happen again!”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Given that Girdler was hugely inspired by Hitchcock (Psycho in particular), the killings are over mercifully quickly, with more emphasis placed on character and psychological motivations — though even that is in short supply. We know Kissinger is gaslighting his son into believing he murdered his own mother years ago, and that he can’t be trusted around any women:
… but we’re unsure what this will lead to for Billy. Instead, we simply watch him heading into town:
… listening to a band perform, meeting a nice girl (Steiner):
… and making inane small-talk while wandering around.
Eventually, of course, Steiner’s life will be put at risk — and when we learn that she’s bringing a friend (Buzzard) with her to Billy’s house, we know exactly what will happen.
At least Buzzard is given a moment in the spotlight, speaking directly to the camera about her deceased veteran-husband. At any rate, we eventually learn the film’s “big reveal” — nothing surprising, yet with an added twist — and all is wrapped up in a tidy horror-film bow. Fans of this type of fare know who they are, but this one certainly isn’t must-see for all film fanatics.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments: