Last House on Dead End Street

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Last House on Dead End Street
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Theatrical poster
Directed by Roger Watkins (as Victor Janos)
Produced by Roger Watkins (as Norman F. Kaiser)
Written by Roger Watkins (as Brian Laurence)
Starring Roger Watkins (as Steven Morrison)
Ken Fisher (as Dennis Crawford)
Bill Schlageter (as Lawrence Bornman)
Kathy Curtin (as Janet Sorley)
Pat Canestro (as Elaine Norcross)
Cinematography Ken Fisher (as Alexander Tarsk)
Edited by Roger Watkins (as Brian Newett)
Distributed by Barrel Entertainment (DVD)
Release date(s) 1977[1][2]
Running time 78 minutes[3] or 90 minutes[1][2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3,000

Last House on Dead End Street is an exploitation-horror film. The film was made in 1973 and released sometime afterward in the 1970s.[3] The story concerns a disgruntled man, recently released from prison, who takes out his anguish by making snuff films.

The true identity of pseudonymous director Victor Janos was largely unknown until Roger Watkins claimed on Internet message boards in 2000 that he had directed the film, a claim subsequently confirmed.[3]

In the 1970s, the film's release was limited to grindhouse and drive-in theaters.[citation needed] Barrel Entertainment released a double-disc DVD in 2002.[citation needed]

Plot[edit]

Terry Hawkins (Watkins) has just been released after spending a year in state prison on drug charges. He wants to get into filmmaking, and claims he previously made pornographic films that he was unable to sell. Hawkins believes audiences want something more, so he decides to make snuff films. Victims are lured to an abandoned building; there they are murdered in elaborate ways for the films, including by decapitation or receiving a power drill to the head. Hawkins is complimented on how realistic his films look.

Cast[edit]

  • Roger Watkins (as Steven Morrison) as Terry Hawkins
  • Ken Fisher (as Dennis Crawford) as Ken Hardy
  • Bill Schlageter (as Lawrence Bornman) as Bill Drexel
  • Kathy Curtin (as Janet Sorley) as Kathy Hughes
  • Pat Canestro (as Elaine Norcross) as Patricia Kuhn
  • Steve Sweet (as Alex Kregar) as Steve Randall
  • Edward E. Pixley (as Franklin Statz) as Jim Palmer
  • Nancy Vrooman (as Barbara Amunsen) as Nancy Palmer
  • Suzie Neumeyer (as Geraldine Saunders) as Suzie Knowles
  • Paul M. Jensen (as Paul Phillips) as Blind Man
  • Ken Rouse (as Ronald Cooper) as The Whipper
  • Alan Cooper as Young Boy
  • Howard Neilsen as Man on Couch
  • Doreen Ellis as Woman on Couch
  • Helene Roberts as Laughing girl #1
  • Nora Tucker as Laughing girl #2

Background[edit]

In late November 2000, a user posting on fabpress.com as "pnest" claimed to be writer, producer, director and editor of the film. The user claimed it was originally released as The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell in 1974 and caused theater riots in New York City and Chicago, the latter of which's theater was claimed to be burned down.[4] He claims the entire film was made in a building in Oneonta, New York called Old Main.[4]

Watkins has said he was high on amphetamines while making the film and that only about $800 of the $3,000 budget was spent making it, while the remaining $2,200 was used to buy drugs.[5] Watkins died in March 2007.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Allmovie wrote, "This notorious exercise in low-budget gore is poorly edited and photographed, but its catalogue of horrors and a genuinely nasty tone make it worthwhile for fans of sick cinema."[1] The film has not garnered enough reviews to gain a score at the film-critics aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Firsching, Robert. "Last House on Dead End Street - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". Allmovie. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Last House on Dead End Street". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Campos, Eric (29 October 2002). "Last House on Dead End Street (DVD)". Film Threat. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Kerekes, David (1 October 2002). "Last House on Dead End Street". Headpress: 72–73. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Insert for Last House on Dead End Street DVD. 2002. Barrel Entertainment.

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