The Seducers (1977)

aka Death Game
Article 3338 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-18-2010
Posting Date: 10-4-2010
Directed by Peter S. Traynor
Featuring Sondra Locke, Colleen Camp, Seymour Cassel
Country: USA
What it is: Psycho thriller

A successful businessman allows two lost women to come in out of a storm and use the phone. They seduce him, but then refuse to leave, and start playing mind games with him. He finally gets rid of them, but they won’t be gotten rid of that easily…

If I had to give an award for the most annoying movie I’ve seen for this whole series, this one would be the prime contender. It’s an exploitation-heavy psycho thriller, and the second half of the movie consists of little more than having the two insane women terrorize the captive man in any number of ways. What makes the movie almost unwatchable isn’t how scary these women are; it’s how annoying they are. Their lousy manners, constant giggling, bizarre and pretentious attitudes, and infantile behavior all come together not to make you feel the suspense of being terrorized by psychos but the grating twitchiness of having to supervise the world’s most obnoxious slumber party, where all the girls have had way too much sugar and just won’t go to sleep. Combine this with the decidedly freaky musical choices of the score, the overabundance of editing, and an aspiration towards inappropriate artiness that often renders individual scenes unintelligible, and you have a movie that wears out its welcome long before it’s over. Well, at least the ending is different, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t find it stupid. For exploitation fans who think nudity redeems everything only.


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