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The Sadist (1963) [Thriller] [Horror]

The Sadist (also known as Profile of Terror and Sweet Baby Charlie) is an black-and-white exploitation film. The film is loosely based on the killings of Charles Starkweather, upon which the films “Badlands” and “Natural Born Killers” were also based.

Three high school teachers, Ed, Doris, and Carl, are driving through rural Southern California on their way to a Dodgers game in Los Angeles. The group’s Chevrolet Belair has some trouble and they are forced to pull off to a gas station/junkyard on the side of the road. After examining the vehicle Ed concludes that the fuel pump will need to be replaced. Doris and Carl search the junkyard looking for the owner, but they cannot find him.

In the residence Carl finds a warm meal with a table set for four, but oddly enough nobody is in the house. The three realize this is very peculiar and start to seriously worry about their situation. At this point Charlie Tibbs, a rather large man wielding a Colt .45, and his girlfriend Judy show up. Charlie and Judy have spent the past several days heading west from Arizona, leaving a trail of corpses behind them. Law enforcement is on the hunt for them, but Charlie has managed to stay a step ahead by changing vehicles frequently and then killing the people who offer their help.

Charlie demands that Ed finish repairing the car and informs him that he and Judy will be stealing the Belair and taking off when Ed is done. Charlie threatens that if the three don’t cooperate “it’ll be the end of them.” During the next several hours Charlie and his girlfriend torment Ed, Doris, and Carl.

Directed by James Landis, produced by L. Steven Snyder, written by James Landis, starring Arch Hall, Jr., Richard Alden, Marilyn Manning, Don Russell and Helen Hovey.


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  1. Perhaps a forgotten film , but not without merit , Arch Hall Jr . (Arch would later , become a first-class airline pilot , able to fly 747s , and flying extensively throughout Asia) did an amazing effort , in his portrayal of Tibbs . I believe that he lived the role , delivering his lines aggressively , and with great authenticity and relish . In addition to a variety of facial expressions . Enjoyed his bizarre drinking technique of soda , and his continually fluctuating moods. Doris , had "true grit" , compared to her male counterparts , she was intelligent and ready to rumble. The two male teachers , were, unfortunately, disappointingly , useless ………….


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