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bruce h 02-17-2013 04:59 PM

Gunnar Hellstrom's THE NAME OF THE GAME IS KILL (1968) from VCI 4/2/13
In a commendable act of exploitation excavation, VCI give Gunnar Hellstrom's THE NAME OF THE GAME IS KILL (1968) its domestic home video premiere! A pre-HAWAII FIVE-O Jack Lord stars as a Hungarian drifter who gets mixed up with a trio of sisters and their estranged mother in a dusty, out-of-the-way Arizona town. As they vie for the stranger's affection, the women spin a disorienting web of lies and deceit, building to a twisted "surprise shock ending" (as claimed by the ads). Hard to see for forty-five years, VCI are loading up the disc with documentaries and commentary produced by Daniel Griffith and his Ballyhoo Motion Pictures, a Joe Solomon trailer reel with commentary by Temple of Schlock's Chris Poggiali, photo galleries and more. Having never seen the film, I'm happy that my first encounter won't be through some multi-generation PAL-conversion dupe! Based on what I've read, it sounds a must-see for fans of stuff like THE KILLING KIND, SPIDER BABY, etc.


Reconstructed trailer:


bruce h 02-17-2013 06:47 PM

Full supplements:

Introduction by documentary filmmaker Daniel Griffith
Audio commentary with screenwriter Gary Crutcher, moderated by Daniel Griffith
"PSYCHO'S SISTER: MAKING THE NAME OF THE GAME IS KILL" - An ALL-NEW making of documentary featuring EXCLUSIVE interviews with screenwriter Gary Crutcher ("STANLEY"), cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond ("DELIVERANCE"), composer Stu Phillips ("BATTLESTAR GALACTICA"), film director/historian Joe Dante ("GREMLINS"), writer/film historian Tim Lucas (VIDEO WATCHDOG), and MORE!,
"SCHLOCKMEISTER: JOE SOLOMON ON REELS" - The cinematic history of producer/distributor Joe Solomon... told through trailers featuring audio commentary by film historian Chris Poggiali (TEMPLE OF SCHLOCK)
Extensive Promotional Gallery
Rare TV Spot and More

Cover art:

bruce h 04-04-2013 01:31 PM

Apparently delayed until 4/30 (though judging by the response I'm the only one who cares about this title!)

bruce h 05-01-2013 01:06 AM

Review up at Mondo Digital:



booper71 05-01-2013 01:39 AM

VCI always surprises me! They introduced me to Lash LaRue and his two horror entries. I try to get all of their horror stuff like Terror at Tenkiller/Last Slumber Party etc and some cult films but can't take the bite on the westerns and gangster films.

bruce h 05-09-2013 06:13 PM

Review at DVD Drive-In:


Erick H. 05-10-2013 05:50 AM

That ones a definit weirdy .I saw it late night as a kid by myself and it's really odd tone made me kinda edgy.Like to see it again,my main memery of it was the payoff and it's utterly strange mood.

cjg 05-10-2013 05:47 PM

I think Jack Lord is awful in this movie, but the extras make this a must buy movie.

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