The Todd Killings


Also known as A Dangerous Friend, this real-life-based drama tells of a young man with a penchant for sex and violence. In addition, he seems to possess a kind of mental control over a group of peers who protect the charismatic murderer from authorities.
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Also known as A Dangerous Friend, this real-life-based drama tells of a young man with a penchant for sex and violence. In addition, he seems to possess a kind of mental control over a group of peers who protect the charismatic murderer from authorities.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
This grim blend of psycho film and social commentary still packs a punch, even by modern standards. The Todd Killings retains its power because of its dispassionate approach to its often shocking material: the script affects a generally sardonic tone in its dialogue and situations that sets the viewer up for an effective sucker punch when something dramatic or violent occurs. The Todd Killings also boasts stellar performances from a well-chosen cast: Richard Thomas is memorably creepy as the Skipper's envious friend, Belinda Montgomery is heartbreaking as the otherwise smart girl who falls for Skipper and Barbara Bel Geddes creates a memorable portrait of a clueless, indulgent parent with her turn as Skipper's businesslike mom. The crown jewel atop this strong cast is Robert Lyons, who manages the difficult trick of making his sociopathic character clever and funny enough to almost be likeable. Thus, when he commits his murders, the turnaround in the characterization - and our feelings toward Skipper - hits like a slap in the face. Equally important is the stylish, tense direction by t.v. vet Barry Shear: he makes excellent use of jump-cut editing and a creepy musical score from Leonard Rosenman to create a jittery atmosphere that keeps the audience on its toes. He also draws out the blackly comic, grotesque underpinnings of the tale to enhance the film's overall unsettling effect. To sum up, The Todd Killings is a must for any cult movie addicts interested in retro shockers that retain the ability to unnerve a viewer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2010
  • UPC: 883316276228
  • Original Release: 1971
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 63,080

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eve Brent
Eddie Firestone
Meg Foster
Harry Lauter
Forrest Lewis
Bill Lucking
Barbara Mallory
George Murdock
Jack Riley
Clete Roberts
"Sugar Ray" Robinson Police Officer
Mike Rupert
Morgan Sterne
Frank Webb
Guy Wilkerson Elderly Man
Robert Williamson
Jason Wingreen
Sandy Wyeth
Barbara Bel Geddes Mrs. Todd
Robert F. Lyons Skipper Todd
Sherry Miles Amata
Joyce Ames Haddie
Holly Near Norma
James Broderick Sam
Gloria Grahame Mrs. Roy
Fay Spain Mrs. Mack
Ed Asner Fred Reardon
Michael Conrad Detective Shaw
Richard Thomas Billy Roy
Belinda Montgomery Roberta
Technical Credits
Barry Shear Director, Producer
Robert Levy Associate Producer
Arthur Lonergan Art Director
Dennis Murphy Screenwriter
Joel Oliansky Screenwriter
James W. Payne Set Decoration/Design
Leonard Rosenman Score Composer
Mann Rubin Original Story
Harold E. Stine Cinematographer
Walter Thompson Editor
Jack P. Wilson Makeup
Walter Wood Producer
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