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- rosemary butler
This movie has a good storyline, a talented cast of characters. I was on the edge of my seat, couldn't Waite to see what was going to happen next. The movie being black and white takes no.thing away from this little gem of a movie. Have watched it numerous times I give it 5 stars
Stuck in The Desert:
- Norman Bloom
I saw this movie a few years ago on TCM. I was moved by it and the way the characters were. I felt helpless being stranded at the remote gas station in the middle of nowhere.The movie was tense and kept me watching to see what would happen next.I like Black and white films from the early 60,s it has some quality feel to it and a nostalgic bite to. I will try to tape it tonight when it,s on.I do enjoy TCM Underground movies...
Twisted, Dark and Creepy!
- Bruce Reber
I first saw "The Sadist" on TCM Undeground in 2006, one of the first cult horror/B-movie thrillers aired late Friday nights/early Saturday mornings. It's a totally scare you out of your pants (and whatever else you're wearing) thriller about three schoolteachers (two men and one woman) driving to Los Angeles for a baseball game when their car breaks down. They pull into a small garage somewhere in the desert, but can't find anyone around. Trying to make the game on time, one of the guys starts taking a fuel pump out of an old wreck to replace the one in his car. Just then psycho killer Charley Tibbs and his girlfriend Judy make their appearance, and needless to say the situation begins to get very tense. Tibbs shoots the older guy in cold blood, and the other two soon guess that Tibbs is the same one who killed seven others in Arizona before killing the one he hitched a ride with and the owners of the garage. Arch Hall Jr. gives an intensely creepy performance as Tibbs, and he has a gun in his hand for nearly the entire film, even after getting a face full of gasoline. He shoots Judy by mistake, then goes after the guy and girl when they try to escape. He kills the guy, then catches up to the girl. He's about to kill her too when he becomes dinner for a pitfull of rattlesnakes. I've also seen Hall in another cult film "Wild Guitar". Please start showing the older films from the 50's and 60's on Underground again like when it first began TCM. You're currently showing films from the 70's and 80's, and IMO these aren't as good as the older ones.
The Wonderful World of Arch Hall Jr.
The best of Arch Hall Jr. Top rate performances by Arch and his crew provide for a rather chilling "kill for kicks" movie thriller. Much under-appreciated title that should be seen by all film lovers. Also, do not miss Arch's other major flicks, Wild Guitar and The Choppers. Please take a look at all of Ray Dennis Steckler's finely directed movies as well--they are wonderful.
Excellent "B" level shocker
- Karen S.
Anyone who has seen this highly effective thriller knows that Arch Hall Jr. was born to play this role. He, the rest of the cast, and the movie are all great. If you like tense and "out there" films, then I highly suggest watching this one. Once seen, never forgotten. Hall may have been a "cheesy" actor in his other cult films, but not here. In The Sadist he really shines.
The Sadist is Madist
It was a fantastic movie.Great suspense and drama.I thought Arch Hall Jr. acted quite well.He made the character and scenes seem realistic (what a sadist and his victims may go through); the other actors were good too.You can tell it was well directed and the camera work excellent.Unfortunately, I missed the beginning, so I hope it comes on again.