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Playgirl Killer (2001)

William Kerwin , Jean Christopher , Erick Santamaria  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Kerwin, Jean Christopher, Andree Champagne, Neil Sedaka
  • Directors: Erick Santamaria
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: Platinum Disc
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 1999
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QJK3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,608 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Playgirl Killer" on IMDb

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Driven by a heated passion. Haunted by an exotic and misty recurring nightmare. Obsessed with a beauty he can paint but not possess, a psychotic artist twists his inspiration into a deranged killing spree.

At a country lake, the artist goes insane when his beautiful model will not keep still. In a maddened frenzy, he kills her with his spear gun. The murderous spree has begun.

At a nearby mansion, the artist is hired as a handyman. But as his madness drives him further and further into his own nightmarish world, he lashes out again . . . and again . . . and again, creating a grotesque museum of victims in the walk-in freezer. But as the murderer prepares to kill his final victim a power failure occurs. His ghastly vision shatters into an even more terrifying reality. Playgirl Killer . . . paint it red for passion, red for rage, and red for his beautiful but bloodied victims.

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4.0 out of 5 stars "Don't Move! Don't Move!" April 12, 2003
By andy7
In the 60's there was a brief spate of films depicting crazed artists that excelled at murdering women ("Track of the Vampire","Color Me Blood Red", etc).
William Kerwin (aka Thomas Sweetwood) takes a break from the Herschell Gordon Lewis movies to star in this classic tale of a handsome, talented artist who gets hired to be a handyman at a spoiled, rich girl's estate.
Unfortunately, Kerwin only likes girls for murdering. Needless to say, they're all foxy and are ready to jump him at the drop of a hat . He asks them to pose for him instead and then goes ballistic whenever they fidget! His face twitches uncontrollably and he stammers "Don't move! Don't move!" He kills them all (one scene with a harpoon gun) and wails "I told you not to move!"
Filmed in gorgeous Montreal, Canada on a Herschell-friendly budget, this movie has a brief appearance by Neil Sedaka in a small bathing suit, which may very well be the most frightening image in the movie.
The DVD transfer is excellent, surprisingly so given the budget and the age of the film. So when can we expect a DVD of the splendid "Nightmare In Wax"?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Playgirl Killer December 16, 2008
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Playgirl Killer is a seedy, burlesque-style, sexploitation film from an era when everyone smoked and listened to mod jazz.

It was a movie that was on all the time when I was younger (like Bad Ronald) but then completely disappeared by the time the '80s rolled in.

As a kid I was always drawn to the music of films, especially horror films and films like this from the '50s, '60s and '70s.

Neil Sedaka is in this film which is kinda neat.

The main character is a tempermental artist who becomes murderous when his young beautiful models move. He winds up freezing them so that they cannot move, thus, allowing him to finish his masterpiece painting.

The painting is the common thread of the movie and has a very eerie look to it - that was the thing about this movie that stuck in my mind after all these years since I last saw it. It gives the movie a Night Gallery feel.

The movie is not great but most of these movies back then were not going to be winning any awards. They just mark an era that has a charm all to itself.

I am older and some may not agree with me but I rather watch a movie like this then most of the movies that are coming out today.

If you are in to this sort of thing the movie is worth seeing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wonky old trash May 27, 2008
This is almost a hoot. Done right it could have been a cult classic. "Playgirl Killer" is a low brow and low budget thriller with enough cheesy moments to keep you entertained even when it's story sags (which it does often). The slim plot involves a crazed artist who feels drawn to murder his models whenever they are incapable of keeping still. Which seems to be all the time. The film doesn't really cover much more ground than this, it starts at some arbitrary point, charts the killers progress for a few days, and ends when he reaches a timely and "ironic" downfall.

However there are some real laughs to be had along the way, because, if nothing else, "Playgirl Killer" is a really bad film. Although competently filmed, you couldn't really say that the director had any particular flair, and some of the acting is really dreadful - although it doesn't reach the lows seen in the HG Lewis gore epics from the same period. The film starts off with a murder, which is actually the only moment of graphic violence in the whole movie, and from that point we meet some swinging teens, watch them dance, flirt and attend a music show, all of which is entirely pointless. After about half on hour of this, the crazed artist manages to get himself into the home of one of them, a particularly annoying girl called Arlene who has the worst approach to flirting ever seen. The film spends many long moments showing Arlene walk around in a swimsuit or change clothes very awkwardly (there is no nudity in the film at all so it's all kind of pointless), untill the killer finally gets to the point where he can stand no more (like the audience) and murders her.

From this point on, the film starts to get funnier as a succession of dopey gals somehow turn up and get the same treatment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-own for all classic horror collectors June 5, 2012
By Bonnie
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As I remembered it as a child but even scarier now that I got to see it from beginning to end. This is a true classic horror film for the 60's-70's generation.
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