My Friends Need Killing (1976)

Article 2624 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 6-12-2008
Posting Date: 10-19-2008
Directed by Paul Leder
Featuring Greg Mullavy, Meredith MacRae, Clay Wilcox
Country: USA

A disturbed Vietnam vet flips out and decides to kill off all of his former company members who participated in the massacre of the residents of a small village.

I’m primarily familiar with Paul Leder from his having directed A*P*E, a movie which… well, I think I’ll hold off on saying anything about THAT one until I cover it as a separate entity. Suffice it to say that I went into this one expecting the very worst. To my surprise, it isn’t half bad; it’s well acted, and the script has some interesting moments. It also has a fair share of cliches, it doesn’t have the emotional impact for it to be really effective, and when it gets unpleasant, it’s just repellent. If the ratings are of any indication on IMDB, it’s Leder’s best movie, and I’m not surprised to discover that his worst has already been mentioned in this review. If this movie is any indication, he’s better on serious movies than on those that require a lighter touch.


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