Friday, December 1, 2017

My Friends Need Killing (1976)

Director: Paul Leder

Writer: Paul Leder

Composer: Mark Bucci

Starring: Greg Mullavey, Meredith MacRae, Clayton Wilcox, Carolyn Ames, Roger Cruz, Elaine Partnow, Laurie Burton, Bill Michael, Savannah Bentley, Eric Morris, Karl Ellis, Geraldine Leder, Gary Lee Marshall, Damian Kaner

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Where does Vietnam end and the killing begin?

Plot:  A Vietnam veteran can't escape the horrors of war so he sets out to kill four men he served with.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

This has a great title, right?  The film, despite the exploitative title, focuses more on the psychological/dramatic angle but Gene (Mullavey) does rack up an impressive body count.  His 'friends' are his four Vietnam vet buddies and then there's the collateral damage with their spouses.  From the first few minutes you get an idea for what your in for as far as acting, budget and production values go but it's oddly compelling and it did a good job of holding my attention to the end and it cleans up nicely.  The kills aren't noteworthy but they do vary.  It's probably worth a watch depending on your tolerance for low-to-no budget pictures of this ilk.

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