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Sadist (1963)

Arch Hall Jr. , Helen Hovey , James Landis  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Arch Hall Jr., Helen Hovey, Richard Alden, Marilyn Manning, Don Russell
  • Directors: James Landis
  • Writers: James Landis
  • Producers: L. Steven Snyder
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, 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: Unrated
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 21, 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087F1V
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,833 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sadist" on IMDb

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Extremely well made account of an afternoon of terror committed by an insane serial killer.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Where are the people that run this place?" August 28, 2005
"The Sadist" is a pretty interesting film for a couple of reasons. 1.) For the time in which this film was made(1963) it must have been considered shocking or controversial. The subject matter is basically a group of 3 school teachers running into a psychopathic killer and his girlfriend. The movie is basically the killer terrorizing the 3, more mentally and emotionally than physically.

2.) Arch Hall Jr. really gives a convincing performance as Charles Tibbs, the killer. Many reviews I have read state that the acting is what kills this movie. I disagree. I think that Hall is just creepy, annoying and scary enough to make the viewer belive he is a Sadist.

3.) The ending. There is nothing pretty about it.

This movie is well worth the purchase, since it is available on Amazon at such a cheap price. Lots of tension and anxiety build-up and form an all-around decent picture. The direction of the film is also very well done.


One more thing. The school teachers are on their way to a baseball game. I found it interesting that the two men are wearing short-sleeve dress shirts, complete with ties and the lady is wearing a church dress. Nowadays people don't even dress like that at many weddings.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sadist Surpasses Psycho January 24, 2013
All through l960, the American media and especially the movie industry trade papers were peppered with tantalizing whispers of Alfred Hitchcock's top-secret new production.

When "Psycho" finally premiered, it proved to be a box office bonanza and went on to make a fabulous fortune for Hitchcock--thanks largely to the backing of a powerful studio, Universal and an army of PR flacks.During the six decades since,it has been the subject of countless articles, books,documentaries, movies, homages and is rightfully considered a true movie classic.

In l963, however, a tiny production company, Fairway International Pictures, headed by Arch Hall, Sr, dropped its modest production, "The Sadist" into some Southern drive-ins with no fanfare and little advertising. A few posters and some small newspaper ads heralded this new movie about a "psycho killer" and after a few months of playdates,this cinema effort and most of its unknown cast vanished into oblivion.

Worst was to come when its was sold to television, only to have it butchered beyond recognition, and used as "filler" to play at odd hours. When I saw it on TV, it was barely 30 minutes long and made no sense.

Yet, I was among those drive-in viewers who saw it on a big outdoor screen in summer and never forgot it. The photography, for one thing, was so beautiful I wondered if this might be a film from Europe. The leading lady, Helen Hovey, was so rapturously stunning, that I wondered whether she was a new Hollywood starlet.

The movie moved so fast that it was over before I could take it all in. I returned to that drive-in theater two more times that week just to soak in this powerful movie experience.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eegah! Arch Hall Jr. is The Sadist. April 26, 2004
You may have seen Arch Hall Jr. in the cult classic EEGAH! (1962). This is another cult classic film, The Sadist (1963) also stars Arch Hall Jr. and Marilyn Manning plays the part of "Judy". Richard Alden, Don Russel and Helen Hovey (her first film) have traveled from Lancaster, California and are now stuck in a desert town off the highway (This was before they built the Antelope Valley Freeway in 1977). They need to be at Dodger's Stadium for the baseball game, but the car needs a new fuel pump. They have 40 more miles to go. No one seems to be around at this garage. So they abide their time with a Coca-Cola. They decide to fix the car themselves and the older gentleman discovers in the house the food on the table is still warm. Nobody else is around, until suddenly The Sadist (Arch Hall Jr) makes his appearance known, and with a gun. He continues to terrorize them.
Really excellent black & white mood film. Disturbing to watch. If this film isn't your cup of tea, Arch Hall Jr and Marilyn Manning are a gentleman and a lady in Eegah(1962) (Arch even sings beach music in EEGAH!) Once you have seen Arch Hall Jr and Marilyn Manning in EEGAH! and then you see The Sadist (1963), you will really see how versitile these actors are.Wild Guitar (1962), The Nasty Rabbit (1964) and Deadwood '76 (1965) are also available on DVD.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An old gem April 2, 2006
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The Sadist has been well reviewed by other people, and to add my two cents, I'd consider this Archie Hall's finest performance by far. He should of played a deranged psycho more often. I just want to add that the "Alpha" version of this flick was surprisingly good. There's really nothing wrong with it. It may not be pristine like some other overpriced releases, but this is one the best bargains you'll find. Totally watchable, and affordable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Un-natural Born Killers... August 3, 2003
"The Sadist" is a relentlessly disturbing film. Released in 1963, it had to be absolutely shocking then. Arch Hall jr. plays serial killer Charlie Tibbs. He and his mostly silent, equally psychotic girlfriend Judy have been traveling the countryside, murdering whoever is unlucky enough to cross their path. Three teachers (on their way to a baseball game) are stranded in a salvage yard when their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Everything's fine until Tibbs and company enter the scene. From that point on the story spirals out of control! There are many violent parts, many unexpected twists. Very realistic, considering the year it came out and who made it. The director (James Landis) specialized in dorky, teenybopper movies. He definitely left that genre behind with this flick! Arch Hall jr. is a sadistic super-creep. I found myself wanting to knock him in the head! He is unpredictable, crazy, and therefore terrifying. You never know who's going to be executed next. There is a growing sense of dread, desperation, and terror. This is a horror movie. Charlie Tibbs is like so many gruesome headlines today. "The Sadist" holds up well. I was amazed by it's frankness and unflinching portrayal of evil on the loose. Yes, there is a hero, but you're not sure who it will be. I highly recommend this movie...
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4.0 out of 5 stars pretty shocking even now
This must have been a real shocker in 1963 and it still holds up today. Two killers hold 3 teachers hostage, threatening their lives with no one else around to help or interfere.
Published 2 months ago by Viva
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont watch this alone!
Wonderful scary, scary movie. I've been looking for it for over 30 years! This is a classic I will definitely treasure.
Published 6 months ago by Lynda Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD arrived safely.
The DVD was listed as near mint and it definitely was. Thanks for taking such good care of it during your time of ownership. Its new home appreciates it!
Published 6 months ago by Chris Henderson
2.0 out of 5 stars Moviegoers Writhe in Agony from.... The Sadist!
Ummm.... ya... so Arch Hall Jr. (who Joel Hodgson so aptly named the "cabbage patch Elvis") plays a mentally handicapped hoodlum bent on tormenting Floyd the barber, a gorgeous... Read more
Published 10 months ago by The Wiz
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be worse!
It was really, really poor... This may very well be the state of art with respect to creating a production in which every single component was horrid!
Published 12 months ago by Rockie L. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars crazy!
I can see why back in the day this was made it could have been rated "R" or worse, just because of the violence and psychotic nature of the villain if nothing else! Read more
Published 15 months ago by lark chartier
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Believer
I just saw this movie last night on TCM -- I was blown away. I won't go into plot or bios, there are plenty of other reviews here for you to read about that, but I can not believe... Read more
Published 16 months ago by MJBG666
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Masterpiece!
When Arch Hall, Sr., opened "The Sadist" to a group of Southern drive-ins in l963, he was proud of what he had achieved on a thin budget of $33,000. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jery Tillotson
1.0 out of 5 stars For Masochists
This is about "bad people" being mean to "good people". The bad people are a psycho who looks like something heavy landed on his face, and his horny midget girlfriend who... Read more
Published 17 months ago by smurdge
5.0 out of 5 stars Arch hALL JR. THE SADIST
fantastic film that is suspenseful and well done with all the acting!quite a feather in john landis' cap!made me hold my breath regarding what would happen next!
Published 17 months ago by Mary Jo Janchar
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