Forced Entry (1973 film)

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Forced Entry
Film poster
Directed by Shaun Costello
Produced by Jerald Intrator
Shaun Costello
John Klugerman
Written by Shaun Costello
Starring Harry Reems
Laura Cannon
Music by Santino DiOrici
Cinematography Jayson Black
Edited by Shaun Costello
Boojum Productions
Distributed by Variety Films
Release date
  • March 16, 1973 (1973-03-16) (San Diego, California)
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6,200 [1]

Forced Entry is a 1973 adult horror film written and directed by Shaun Costello under the pseudonym Helmuth Richler. It stars Harry Reems as an unnamed and psychotic Vietnam War veteran who sexually assaults and kills random women who stop at the filling station where he works as an attendant. Called "one of the most disturbing and unpleasant porn features ever made," the film utilizes actual footage of the war, predominantly in the rape and murder sequences.[1]


After opening with newspaper articles, footage, and quotes relating to the Vietnam War and the psychological condition of the American soldiers who have returned from it, the authorities are shown investigating a crime scene in which a man was shot in the head.

Going back an unspecified amount of time, the man is revealed to be a gas station attendant, and is shown coercing a female customer into giving out her name and address by claiming they are needed for a credit card transaction. After the woman drives away, the attendant goes to her apartment building, and watches through a window as she has sex with her husband. When the husband leaves, the attendant breaks into the apartment and forces the woman to perform oral sex on him while he verbally abuses her, slitting her throat after he climaxes.

Back at the gas station, the attendant gives a lost motorist directions, and follows her to the address she was looking for. The man breaks into the house, drags the woman out of the shower, and forces her to fellate him at gunpoint. He then sodomizes her, stabs her, and kisses her as she dies. Later, a ditzy female hippie picks up an equally vapid hitchhiker, and the two travel to the gas station. The attendant tricks the driver into giving out her address, and goes to her home, where she and her companion are doing drugs, and having sex. The attendant sneaks in and tries to force the girls to submit to him, but the pair are too intoxicated to take him seriously, frustrating him to the point of a psychotic break. As he screams "Stay away from me!" and has a series of flashbacks to both the war and the rapes and murders he has committed, the attendant shoots himself in the head. Returning to the intro, the man's body is covered by a sheet, and hauled away by the police.


  • Harry Reems as Gas Station Attendant
  • Laura Cannon as Lost Driver
  • Jutta David as David's Wife
  • Shaun Costello as David
  • Ruby Runhouse as Hippie Girl
  • Nina Fawcett as Hippie Girl


In his autobiography, star Harry Reems wrote that Forced Entry was the one film he regretted doing.[2]

DVD Talk gave the film zero stars, calling it "morally repugnant".[3]


In 1975, the film had an R-rated remake starring Tanya Roberts and Ron Max. A spin-off sequel, also titled Forced Entry, was released by Extreme Associates in 2002.

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  1. ^ a b Sullivan, David (8 August 2007). "After Hours Cinema Reissues Forced Entry". Adult Video News. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Vermeulen, Dries (28 July 2012). "Forced Entry". Video Tramp. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Walker, David (24 July 2007). "Forced Entry". DVD Talk. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 

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