RELEASE DATE: 12th January 2009
CATALOGUE NUMBER: POWIS 001
RUNNING TIME: I hour 32 mins
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA (1963)
Three people driving to Los Angeles for a Dodgers baseball game break down and pull into an old wrecking yard to look for repairs. However, they become held hostage by two psychotic teenagers with low morals and itchy trigger fingers. As the film progresses the hostages become ever more abused as their abductors uncaringly toy with their lives. Shot in ‘real time’, this was the first film to be inspired by the real life serial killers Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate, subsequently used as the influence for ‘Badlands’ and ‘Natural Born Killers’. The Sadist was also the first feature to be photographed by the Oscar winning D.O.P. Vilmos Zsigmond.
A classic slice of low budget suspense, The Sadist is a tense, gritty thriller whose themes of nihilistic violence and casual brutality are years ahead of its time. Produced by exploitation legend Arch Hall Sr, the time is perfect for this cult film par excellence to find its rightful audience.
Widescreen, digitally re-mastered print, struck from Joe (‘Gremlins’) Dante’s personal 35mm copy.
DVD extras include a feature length commentary by Vilmos Zsigmond who discusses the filming of The Sadist and also his career as a cinematographer for films including McCabe and Mrs. Miller and Close Encounters of The Third Kind, for which he won an Oscar.
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