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Death Game (1977)

Sondra Locke , Colleen Camp , Peter S. Traynor  |  R |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Sondra Locke, Colleen Camp, Seymour Cassel, Beth Brickell, Michael Kalmansohn
  • Directors: Peter S. Traynor
  • Writers: Anthony Overman, Michael Ronald Ross
  • Producers: Peter S. Traynor, John L. Moorehead, Larry Spiegel, Mel Bergman, William Duffy
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0002VGRF4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,050 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Death Game" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

George Manning, a happily married and successful man, discovers two seemingly sweet and angelic young girls on his doorstep. He invites them in out of the rain to use his telephone and like a fantasy come true; George is seduced by these two voluptuous young vixens. But in the tradition of "Fatal Attraction," the party's not over yet for "poor Georgy" who is now trapped in the clutches of two savage torturesses. Can George escape alive from this forty-eight hour hellish nightmare of kinky torment and brutal murder? Bonus Features: Scene Selection, Trailers Specs: DVD5; Dolby Digital Mono; 88 minutes; Color; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - R; Year - 1976; SRP - $5.99.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SEXY + SCARY = AWESOME September 26, 2005
Format:DVD
There are no doubt dozens of untapped cinematic gold mines out there just waiting to be discovered and this is one of the best. Check out the premise: one rainy night a family man is alone in his home when two beautiful teenage girls appear at his door, apparently lost. They ask to come in to use the phone and he lets them in. Little does he know what awaits. For the next forty-eight hours, the girls have the time of their lives torturing him with sexuality and violence. They tie him up, beat him up, humiliate him and trash his house.

Sondra Locke, perhaps best known for her Clint Eastwood movies, is phenomenal as the brilliantly disturbed lead, Jackson. She is rageful and calculating and in complete control. Little touches like the ringmaster outfit she dons and the "horns" she draws on her forehead with lipstick make her character the epitome of sexy as well as undeniably frightening. (I hope to find someone like her someday-minus the psychotic tendencies, that is.)

Well known vixen Colleen Camp plays Donna, Jackson's lover and cohort. Obviously the female in the relationship, Donna has a more playful, little girl appeal about her.

Although this movie was not improved for DVD, has horrific sound quality(Seymour Cassel's voice was dubbed with someone else's), and is too dated with it's disco montage, it is quite a little treasure. I rented it a couple years ago and fell in love immediately, particularly with the Jackson character. With all the stupid remakes of today(like Psycho!), it's a pity something like this slips through the cracks. Death Game (a.k.a. The Seducers, a.k.a. Mr. Manning's Weekend) is good and deserves higher recognition.

By the way, this flick is based on a true story. Oooooooohhhh!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "This motion picture is based on a true story..." March 3, 2006
Format:DVD
A nasty little affair, Death Game features cute-as-a-button Colleen Camp and not-quite-as-attractive-as-the-aforementioned-fastening-device Sandra Locke as a couple of giggling psychos prone to violence and clotheslessness that converge on poor sucker Seymour Cassel. After getting his ass kicked by his wife in croquet, Seymour is left all alone at home. On a dark and stormy night soon after, Sandra and Colleen show up lost and wanting to use the telephone. They warm themselves by the fire, Seymour serves some hot chocolate, and Colleen gets some "really great vibes." The festivities begin innocently enough with Seymour making the wet and soapy with our heroines in a (thankfully!) prolonged hot tub sequence set to the tune of some seventies wacka-wacka guitar. The next morning they make breakfast and chew with their mouths open. Seymour throws them out, but they return and spray him with mace, tie him up, slap the stuffing out of him, and make a general mess of the place. As the film progresses, these freewheelin' chicks display their penchant for bondage, shrill conversation, sloppily applied makeup, and fondling each other. They whack a delivery boy with a fireplace poker and drown him in a goldfish bowl. The babes hold a mock court and sentence Seymour to "death at dawn!" The sleaze is applied indiscriminately and by the bucket loads, highlighted by plenty of nudity by Camp (and Locke as well, if that appeals to you). A gut-wrenching theme song about "good old dad...the man who made me what I am today" is repeated ad nauseating. The film was directed by Peter Traynor and features lots of lovely shots of the San Francisco area (just what I needed). The conclusion is an out-of-nowhere knee-slapper. All-in-all, it's an appalling jaw-dropper that I recommend unreservedly for those who can stomach it. "This motion picture is based on a true story. It should serve to remind us that fate allows no man to insulate himself against the evil which pervades our society."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Characters-Poor DVD November 28, 2004
By Joseph
Format:DVD
Locke and Camp are awesome in this movie. Too bad the movie let them down. The DVD is terrible. Poor quality that I think can be blamed mostly on the print and original filmmakers and some on the manufacturer. The movie itself, Cassel's voice is dubbed over by somebody else, editing needs to be redone, sound needs to be redone, and I don't know if it was wear, filmstock, or not using a real cinematographer, but I'd like to see them go back in time and re-shoot the whole thing with quality work. The great work and beautiful bodies of Locke and Camp deserve it. They both pull off some really crazy, sexy, and chilling moments in what overall could have been a great tale of a married man's fantasy night becoming a nightmare. I could say there needs to be an updated remake, but they wouldn't get it right.

The DVD, needs to be redone. I don't think they were working with much of a source, but they caused some of the problems I saw, I.E. pauses at the chapter breaks. Plus, I think there is something on the screen, once you get into the movie, that may have been on the source but looks like something that possibly scanned in with their equipment. It is as if there is a screen between the movie and your TV screen and it has a glare on it.

ANYWAY, at least it is a cheap DVD. If you think this will be the only release of this film on DVD buy it cheap now. At least you get to see it and hey, the cover is kinda cool looking. If your hoping, as I am, that there will be a better release some day then you can pass this one by.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Death Game April 23, 2010
Format:DVD
DEATH GAME is a forgotten gem that plays out like a reversal on LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT. George gets more than he bargained for when he allows two young girls in to use his phone. Things get hot and heavy quickly when the girls decide to seduce the married man, but he soon finds himself at their mercy after they take him captive and force him to play their sick games! The two leading ladies are sufficiently twisted, providing enough menace to the roles as they manipulate and torture their victim. They then draw fiendish faces on themselves with George's wife's make-up as they play dress-up and destroy the house while George watches on in horror. DEATH GAME possesses all of the ingredients for a successful Exploitation feature, complete with gritty filming, a sick plot, and plenty of gratuitous nudity. Director Peter Traynor never attempts a completely serious tone, however there are many moments that achieve a surreal, nightmarish mood thanks to key lighting borrowed from Mario Bava and strong performances indebted to his kooky actresses. 70s sleaze aficionados should be sure to seek out this little known title!

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars goofy 70's exploitation film, on a very subpar dvd release
This is one bad release, a goofy 70's exploitaion film starring Seymour Cassel, Sondra Locke, and Colleen Camp. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jason P. Pumphrey
1.0 out of 5 stars dread game
no wonder this movie never got anywhere.If it wasn't for the brief nudity ( mostly colleen camp...sondra locke shows very little , not that she had much to show!! Read more
Published on January 6, 2009 by E. Parshall
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality // Cut Scenes
I like this movie but the DVD is awful. It's not letterbox, the "wedding" scene in the bedroom is cut, and the overall quality of the print is trash.
Published on May 3, 2008 by H. J. Pacheco
2.0 out of 5 stars Buy it cheap in a 50 movie pack and get 49 more movies
I got this movie as part of the 50 movie pack For <$16.00

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The quaility seems to be about as good as the stand... Read more
Published on January 8, 2008 by Joseph Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing suspenser
I first saw this movie on The Movie Channel, back in 1980, when I was twelve, & have always considered it one of the best horror/suspense films ever made. Read more
Published on November 26, 2007 by Chloe
2.0 out of 5 stars Typical "B" grade horror flick
I purchased this video just to see Colleen Camp and Sondra Locke before they got famous. The movie was a bit over the top and alot of unnecessary mayhem.
Published on March 31, 2007 by Daniel M. Lefever
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange movie
This movie is strange. Sort of a cross between a thiller and a S/M movie. Not one that most people would like and it should not be shown to Childern.
Published on January 12, 2007 by J. R Richeson
2.0 out of 5 stars Every man's fantasy: to be talked to death?
In 'Death Game' Locke and Camp play a pair of women who essentially seek thrills without concern for others. Read more
Published on December 3, 2004 by Robert Meeks
1.0 out of 5 stars Very unpleasant and....
This movie is so disgusting that I now totally hate both Colleen Camp and Sondra Locke. I also hate another real girl so I gave her this video. Read more
Published on April 30, 2001 by Peter Beamer
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