Last House on Dead End Street



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This notorious exercise in low-budget gore is poorly edited and photographed, but its catalogue of horrors and a genuinely nasty tone make it worthwhile for fans of sick cinema. Vowing revenge on the society which put him behind bars, Terry Hawkins (Steven Morrison) begins making pornographic films for a group of rich decadents, who watch them at orgies. When the jaded Steve (Alex Kregar) complains of boredom, he is kidnapped by Hawkins and his Charles Manson-like gang. The crazed killers force Steve to suck a deer's hoof which a leather-freak named Ken (Dennis Crawford) has placed in his zipper, then they show a snuff film of his friend Nancy (Barbara Amunsen) being murdered. In the film, Nancy's face is slashed repeatedly with a pen-knife, her legs are amputated with a hacksaw, and her stomach is gutted with a pair of hedge-clippers before she is cannibalized. The horrified Steve has his eye drilled out as the film ends with a voice-over stating that the murderers are now in jail. Although it is certainly repulsive, Last House on Dead End Street is not a real snuff film, as some rumors have claimed. The special effects are obviously low-rent, and not particularly convincing, but are vile enough to keep the film interesting. Among other sights awaiting brave viewers are: cows being bled to death in a slaughterhouse, a hunchback whipping a woman in blackface, a blind man being strangled, a woman branded with a hot iron before having her throat slashed, and a vicious beating. One of the more graphic examples of the Manson subgenre, this horror film is for specialized tastes only. The director of the picture is actually Roger Watkins, helming under the pseudonym Victor Janos. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

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Release Date
Willette Acquisition Corp.
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
1 hour, 22 minutes
  • PCM Mono
Video Features
  • New 1.33:1 digital transfer mastered from rare 35 mm film elements under the supervison of director Roger Watkins
  • Full running audio commentary by director Roger Watkins and Deep Red editor Chas. Balun
  • Approximately 20 minutes of rare outtakes
  • 60-minute radio interview with director Roger Watkins and actor Ken Fisher (1973)
  • Four early, never-before-seen short films by Roger Watkins with full running audio commentary by the director himself
  • "At home With Terry Hawkins": Over 70 minutes of behind-the-scenes production phone calls detailing the making of The Last House on Dead End Street
  • Original trailer
  • Roger Watkins and actor Paul Jensen on The Joe Franklin Show (1975)
  • Alternate credits as The Fun House
  • A generous gallery of stills, detailing the career of Roger Watkins
  • "They Dwell Beneath": Tribute video by Necrophagia directed by Jim Van Bebber
  • Deluxe 36-page booklet by Headpress editor David Kerekes
  • Original cover pointing by comix legend Steve (Swamp Thing, Taboo) Bissette
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL Dual-layer edition
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