Sweet Kill

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Sweet Kill
Sweet Kill.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Curtis Hanson
Produced by Tamara Asseyev
Written by Curtis Hanson
Starring Tab Hunter
John Aprea
Music by Charles Bernstein
Cinematography Daniel Lacambre
Production
  company
Curtis Lee Hanson
Tamaroc Productions
Distributed by New World Pictures
Release date(s) January, 1973 (USA)
Running time 85 minutes
Language English
Budget $110,000[1]

Sweet Kill (aka A Kiss from Eddie aka The Arousers) is a 1973 B-movie written and directed by future Academy Award winner Curtis Hanson. The film was Hanson's directorial debut and was produced by Roger Corman. It starred 1950s hearthrob Tab Hunter and was the last film of actress Isabel Jewell.[2]

Plot[edit]

Eddie Collins finds that he is unable to perform sexually with women because of some earlier repressed memories of his mother. After accidentally killing a woman while trying to sleep with her, he finds that he is able to get aroused by the dead body. This leads him into a chain of luring women into bed in order to kill them for sexual gratification.

Main cast[edit]

Actor Role
Tab Hunter Eddie Collins
Cherie Latimer Lauren
Roberta Collins Calli
Isabel Jewell Mrs. Cole
John Pearce Mr. Howard
John Aprea Richard

Production[edit]

Curtis Hanson got to know Roger Corman while doing re-writes on The Dunwich Horror (1970). When that film was finished, Hanson told Corman he wanted to direct a film he had written and Corman said he would be interested in a motorcycle movie, a women in prison movie or a nurses movie. Hanson was unenthusiastic, so Corman then said he might also be interested in a modern horror film.[1]

Hanson wrote the script originally with the killer as a female. Corman liked it but asked that the killer be made a male.[3]

The producer was Corman's former assistant.[4] The apartment where Tab Hunter's character lived in Venice was owned by Hanson's grandmother.[1]

Re-Release[edit]

The film did not do well initially at the box office, so Corman had Hanson film two additional sex scenes to try to increase its appeal and the film was re-released as A Kiss from Eddie and The Arousers.[5]

Sweet Kill poster when re-released as The Arousers

Hanson later described the experience as a "very unhappy" one.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Chris Nashawaty, Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen and Candy Stripe Nurses - Roger Corman: King of the B Movie, Abrams, 2013 p 102
  2. ^ "Isabel Jewell – IMDb"
  3. ^ a b Christopher T Koetting, Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Hemlock Books. 2009 p 36
  4. ^ Ed. J. Philip di Franco, The Movie World of Roger Corman, Chelsea House Publishers, 1979 p 172
  5. ^ "Sweet Kill (1973) – Trivia – IMDb"

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