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THE KILLING KIND (1973) – Episode 193 – Decades of Horror 1970s

“Idiots. That’s what they are. Stupid idiots. Just low-class idiots.” Low-class, maybe, but idiots? Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Bill Mulligan, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr – as they take in The Killing Kind (1973), a little-known film directed by Curtis Harrington and starring Ann Sothern, Cindy Williams, and John Savage.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 193 – The Killing Kind (1973)

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A young man is released from prison after serving time for a sexual assault he did not commit, and submits to his impulsive urge to seek revenge against those who wronged him.

Have you ever seen, or even heard of, The Killing Kind (1973)? Featuring Ann Sothern, John Savage, and Cindy Williams, this bizarre, overlooked nugget is from director Curtis Harrington. Yup, the mastermind behind films such as Night Tide (1961), Queen of Blood (1966), How Awful About Allan (1970), What’s the Matter with Helen? (1971), Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1972), and Ruby (1977), as well as the TV horror “classic” Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978). Oh, boy, this should be interesting. Jeff, Bill, Chad, and Doc share their thoughts on this genuinely strange little film. 

At the time of this writing, The Killing Kind is available to stream from Tubi. The film is also available as a Blu-ray disc from Vinegar Syndrome.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode, chosen by Jeff, will be Shriek of the Mutilated (1974), The Black Saint’s 1974 pick for Top 10 Horror Films of the 1970′s, Part 1. According to The Black Saint, “Everything about Shriek of the Mutilated screams what-the-f***.” He also called it “worse than bad,” so you have been warned. This one should be . . . interesting.

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.