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THREE ON A MEATHOOK (1972) – Episode 195 – Decades of Horror 1970s

“Now you listen to me. Those are the first women been in this home since your ma died and I ain’t having no trash in your ma’s home.” Maybe they could just “hang” around? Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr along with guest host Dirk Rogers – as they take in William Girdler’s second film, Three on a Meathook (1972), for the second episode in The Black Saint month.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 195 – Three on a Meathook (1972)

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Four girls returning from a weekend trip have car problems. A nice local man takes them back to his farm. Something ghastly happens, but the man’s father helps his son as he has in the past. When the boy brings a new girlfriend home, the father worries about a repeat performance.

The Grue Crew proudly welcomes Dirk Rogers to guest host on Decades of Horror 1970s to cover one of Santos Ellin, Jr.’s favorite films and favorite filmmakers with Three on a Meathook (1972) from director William Girdler. Is it a slasher? Is it a mystery? Is it a “meat movie?” Yes, yes, and yes. Take a look at an early effort from the man behind The Manitou (1978), Grizzly (1976), and Day of the Animals (1977). While the film exposes the director’s lack of experience and might be a chore to sit through, it displays his passion and talent for film and the genre and may hold a surprise or two. And, yes, the discussion is longer than the film. 

Check out these other Decades of Horror 1970s episodes on films directed by William Girdler:

At the time of this writing, Three on a Meathook is available to stream from YouTube at The film is available on DVD but the Grue Crew refuses to vouch for the quality.

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 Bill, will be Lust for a Vampire (1971), the second film in Hammer’s Karnstein Trilogy, directed by Jimmy Sangster featuring Yutte Stensgaard, Michael Johnson, Suzanna Leigh, Ralph Bates, Helen Christie, and Barbara Jefford.

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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.