Luther the Geek
|Luther the Geek|
|Directed by||Carlton J. Albright|
|Produced by||David Platt|
|Screenplay by||Carlton J. Albright|
|Music by||Vern Carlson|
|Edited by||Rick Smigielski|
|Distributed by||Troma Entertainment|
Luther the Geek is a 1990 horror film that was released by Troma Entertainment. It was directed by Carlton J. Albright and stars Edward Terry in the titular role, with Stacy Haiduk and Joan Roth playing supporting roles.
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A young Luther Watts has a fascination with carnival geeks. When he loses his teeth while at a geek show and has them replaced with a pair of sharp metallic dentures, he acquires a liking for human blood. He begins murdering people by biting their heads off, but is captured and placed in prison.
After being in prison for over twenty years, Luther is paroled and released. He begins roaming around his hometown, killing people by eating off their heads. Luther invades a farm, where he holds a mother and her daughter captive. Eventually, he is shot dead by the mother while inside the farm's chicken coop.
Luther the Geek was filmed in Tampico, Illinois and Sterling, Illinois. Edward Terry, who portrayed Luther, only stood five feet tall and weighed 160 pounds, so cameras were strategically placed to give the illusion that Luther was larger than Terry was. In addition, the elderly woman that Luther murders outside of the grocery store was, in actuality, a young woman in a wig and makeup. However, Luther the Geek's makeup artist requested to not be credited on the film.
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Luther the Geek was included in Adam Lukeman's 101 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen. In his book Slimetime: A Guide to Sleazy, Mindless Movies, Steven Puchalski praised Luther the Geek, saying: "Good title. Good film. And it managed to avoid being your basic slasherama with its wonderful title character." Lawrence P. Raffel of Monsters at Play praised Luther the Geek, calling it enjoyable, but also noted that it was not a good movie in the truest sense of the word, saying: "It's enjoyable because of the gore, classic nudity, wacky characters and its many, many jaw droppingly bad scenes. Don't look for a great story, likeable characters or social commentary, because you won't find it here."
A review in VideoHound's Cult Flicks & Trash Pics said that the film is "pointless, sadistic, stupid horror sleaze".
Luther the Geek was released on DVD on May 20, 2008. Bonus features include an introduction by Lloyd Kaufman, outtakes and deleted scenes from the film, and an interview by director Carlton J. Albright and his son, who played young Luther in the film.
- Lukeman, Adam (2011). Fangoria's 101 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen: A Celebration of the World's Most Unheralded Fright Flicks. Random House. ISBN 1400047498.
- Puchalski, Steven (2002). Slimetime: A Guide to Sleazy, Mindless Movies. Headpress/Critical Vision. p. 187. ISBN 1900486210.
- Raffel, Lawrence P. "DVD Review: Luther the Geek". Monsters at Play.
- Schwartz, Carol; Olenski, Jim (2002). VideoHound's Cult Flicks & Trash Pics. Visible Ink Press. p. 222. ISBN 1-57859-113-9.
- "Luther the Geek". Amazon.com.