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Murder, Mystery, and Obscure Films (Part 1)

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The Witch Who Came from the Sea


Millie Perkins bravely plays a very disturbed woman who goes on a gruesome killing spree, culminating from years of abuse from her drunken brute of a father. Very surreal and disturbing, Perkins is a perfect delusional waif who is bare breasted most of the time.

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Night Warning


Susan Tyrrell plays Aunt Cheryl to Jimmy McNichol’s Billy, a boy who lost his parents at age 3 in a bad car wreck leaving him to be raised by his nutty Aunt. Billy’s on the verge of turning 17 and planning on leaving the sickly clutches of doting Aunt Cheryl and she’ll kill anyone who gets in the way of keeping her beloved boy with her always….Tyrrell is soooo good at being sleazy, she could almost join the Baby Jane club of Grande Dame Hag Cinema, making Bette Davis’s Baby Jane seem wholesome in comparison.

Also known as Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker...



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Tension

People who added this item 33 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Tension (1949)

A meek pharmacist creates an alternate identity under which he plans to murder the bullying liquor salesman who has become his wife’s lover. Starring Richard Basehart, Audrey Totter , Cyd Charisse and Barry Sullivan

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Messiah of Evil

People who added this item 34 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.6

A girl arrives on the California coast looking for her father, only to learn that he’s disappeared. The town is filled with eerie people, and a strange atmosphere of dread. She hooks up with a drifter and they both uncover the true nature of the weird locals and what they’re up to. They learn the horrific secret about the townspeople…This film is very atmospheric and quite an original moody piece. Starring Marianna Hill, Michael Greer, Joy Bang and Elisha Cook Jr.


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Devil Times Five aka Peopletoys 1974

People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.1

This film is a very unsettling ride about a bus load of extremely psychopathic children who escape after their transport bus crashes. Finding their way to a lodge, they are taken in by the vacationing adults and are eventually terrorized by these really sick kids. Claustrophobic and disturbing. Stars Sorrell Booke, Gene Evans. Leif Garrett plays one of the violently homicidal kids.


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The Night Digger

People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 6.3

Starring the great Patricia Neal, this is based on the Joy Cowley novel and penned with Cowley for the screen by the wonderfully dark Roald Dahl, Neal’s husband at the time.

Effective psychological love story with a macabre twist not found in the original Joy Cowley novel. The dreary existence of middle-aged spinster Maura Prince takes an unexpected turn with the arrival of young handyman Billy Jarvis, but there is more to Billy than meets the eye. This well-crafted film, full of sexual tension and Gothic flavor, was Patricia Neal’s second after her return to acting, her real-life stroke worked deftly into the story by Roald Dahl.

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A Knife For The Ladies 1974


Starring Ruth Roman and Jack Elam, there is a jack the ripper-like killer terrorizing this small Southwest town. Most all the victims are prostitutes. A power struggle ensues between the town’s Sheriff and Investigator Burns who tries to solve the murders.

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Born To Kill

People who added this item 73 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.3
Born to Kill (1947)

Directed by the amazing Robert Wise ( The Haunting, West Side Story, Day The Earth Stood Still )this exploration into brutal noir is perhaps one of the most darkly brooding films of the genre. Starring that notorious bad guy of cinema Lawrence Tierney who plays Sam Wild, of all things, a violent man who has already killed a girl he liked and her boyfriend. He hops a train to San Francisco where he meets Helen played by Claire Trevor who is immediately drawn to this dangerous man.



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The Strangler


Starring the inimitably imposing Victor Buono, who plays mama’s ( Ellen Corby/Grandma Walton) boy Leo Kroll, a psychopathic mysogynous serial killer, under the thumb of his emasculating mother. Kroll’s got a doll fetish and a fever for strangling young women with their own panty hose. The opening scene is chilling as we watch only Buono’s facial expressions as he masturbates while stripping one of the dolls nude by his last victim’s body. Part police procedural, this is a fascinating film, and Buono is riveting as Leo Kroll a psycho-sexual fetish killer who is really destroying his mother each time he murders another young woman. Really cool film by Allied Artist

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Murder Once removed (Made For TV)

People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 6.1

A doctor and the wife of one of his wealthy patients hatch a plot to get rid of her husband so they can be together and get his money.Starring John Forsythe, Richard Kiley and Barbara Bain.

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Scream Pretty Peggy (Made For TV)

People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2

This stars Bette Davis who plays Mrs. Elliot. Ted Bessell plays her son Jeffrey Elliot a sculptor who hires young women to take care of his elderly mother and his insane sister who both live in the family mansion with him. Also stars Sean Barbara Allen. What can I say. I love Bette Davis in anything, especially made for tv movies, where something isn’t quite right with the family dynamic. Lots of vintage fun directed by Gordon Hessler.


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The Man Who Cheated Himself

People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.8

A veteran homicide detective witnesses his socialite girlfriend kill her husband. Then what ensues as his inexperienced brother is assigned to the case.Starring Lee J.Cobb, Jane Wyatt and John Dall

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The Flying Serpent 1946

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The Serpent (1916)

Classic horror/sci fi flick that just doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Almost as fun as The Killer Shrews. Starring veteran actor George Zucco

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The Pyjama Girl Case

People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.1

This more obscure Giallo film directed by Flavio Mogherini and starring one of my favorite actors Ray Milland, Also starring Mel Ferrer and the beautiful model/actress Delilah Di Lazzaro. I’ve left my passion for Giallo films in the dust these days, but I decided to watch one that was a little off the beaten track.

Two seemingly separate stories in New South Wales: a burned, murdered body of a young woman is found on the beach, and a retired inspector makes inquiries; also, Linda, a waitress and ferry attendant, has several lovers and marries one, but continues seeing the others. The police have a suspect in the murder, but the retired inspector is convinced they’re wrong; he continues a methodical investigation. Linda and her husband separate, and there are complications. Will the stories cross or are they already twisted together?
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Cul-de-Sac

People who added this item 258 Average listal rating (138 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.2
Cul-De-Sac (1966)

Directed by Roman Polanski starring Donald Pleasance and Françoise Dorléac as Teresa


A wounded criminal and his dying partner take refuge in a sea side castle inhabited by a cowardly Englishman and his strong willed French wife. A bizarre dynamic unfolds as this eccentric couple once captives of the criminals at first, their relationship, strangely begins to evolve into something else.

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Dr. Tarr's Terror Dungeon aka Mansion of Madness

People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 5.1

This is a mysterious and nightmarish excursion into “the inmates have taken over the asylum” theme. Based upon Edgar Allan Poe’s The System of Dr Tarr and Professor Fether
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Blue sunshine

People who added this item 51 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.1
Blue Sunshine (1977)

Three women are murdered at a party. the wrong man is accused of the crimes. yet still more brutal killings continue throughout the town. What is the shocking truth behind these bizarre epidemic of people losing their hair and turning into violent psychopaths?


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Homebodies

People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.8
Homebodies (1974)

Starring Peter Brocco, Francis Fuller, William Hanson, the adorable Ruth McDevitt, Ian Wolfe and Paula Trueman playing elderly tenants who first try to thwart a group of developers from tearing down their building by rigging accidents. Old homes and old people…It turns into murder! This is a wonderfully campy 70s stylized black comedy/horror film. I love Ruth McDevitt as Miss Emily in Kolchak : The Night Stalker series.

The ensemble cast is brilliantly droll and subtly gruesome as they try to stave off the impending eviction and relocation to the institutional prison life of a cold nursing home facility.

A modern Gothic commentary on Urban Sprawl, the side effects of Capitalism on the elderly and their dust covered dreams, and the fine balance between reverence for the past, and the inevitability of modernity.

The jaunty music by Bernardo Segáll and lyrics by Jeremy Kronsberg for “Sassafras Sundays” is fabulous!
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The Evictors

People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 5.6
The Evictors (1979)

Directed by Charles B. Pierce whose style has somewhat of a documentary feel ( The Town That Dreaded Sundown 1976 Legend of Boggy Creek 1972) This film has a very stark and dreading tone. Starring one of my favorite unsung naturally beautiful actresses, Jessica Harper ( Suspiria, Love and Death, Stardust Memories, and the muse Pheonix in DePalma’s Faustian musical Phantom of The Paradise ) and another great actor Michael Parks. A young couple Ruth and Ben Watkins move into a beautiful old farmhouse in a small town in Louisiana. The house has a violent past, and things start happening that evoke fear and dread for the newlyweds. Are the townspeople trying to drive them out, or is there something more nefarious at work? Very atmospheric and quietly brutal at times. Also stars Vic Morrow.


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Jennifer

People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6
Jennifer (1953)

Starring Ida Lupino and Howard Duff. Agnes Langsley gets a job as a caretaker of an old estate. The last occupant was the owner’s cousin Jennifer who has mysteriously disapeared. Agnes starts to believe that Jennifer might have been murdered. Is Jim Hollis, the man whom she is now in love with… responsible?

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Lured

People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7
Lured (1947)

Directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Lucille Ball, George Sanders and the great Boris Karloff!


There is a serial killer in London, who lures his young female victims through the personal ads. He taunts the police by sending cryptic notes right before he is about to murder again. Great cast includes Cedric Hardwicke, George Zucco and Charles Coburn...

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Love from A Stranger

People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 5.9

A newly married woman begins to suspect that her husband is a killer, and that she is soon to be his next victim.Starring John Hodiak and and Sylvia Sidney
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Savage Weekend

People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 4.3 IMDB Rating 4.5

Several couples head upstate to the country and are stalked by a murderer behind a ghoulish mask.

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The Beguiled

People who added this item 184 Average listal rating (108 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.2
The Beguiled (1971)

Directed by the great Don Siegel ( Invasion of The Body Snatchers 1956, The Killers 1964 Dirty Harry 1971 This stars Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page and Elizabeth Hartman. Eastwood plays John McBurney who is a Union soldier imprisoned in a Confederate girls boarding school. A very slow yet tautly drawn web of psycho sexual unease forms as he works his charms on each of these lonely women’s psyche.


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The Mad Doctor of Market Street


An old forgotten classic horror, starring Lionel Atwill and Una Merkel. Atwill plays A mad scientist forced out of society when his experiments are discovered. He winds up on a tropical island, there by holding the locals hostage by controlling and terrorizing them.

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The Man Who Changed His Mind


Directed by Robert Stevenson and originally titled 'The Man Who Lived Again'. Starring my most favorite of all Boris Karloff, and Anna Lee of Bedlam

Karloff plays Dr. Laurence, a once-respected scientist who begins to delve into the origins of the mind and soul connection.

Like any good classic mad scientist film, the science community rejects him, and so he risks losing everything for which he has worked, shunned by the scientific community he continues to experiment and further his research, but at what cost!…

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The Monster Maker

People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 2.7 IMDB Rating 4.7

This stars J. Carrol Naish and Ralph Morgan. Naish plays Dr Igor Markoff who injects his enemies with the virus that causes acromegaly, a deformity that enlarges the head and facial structures of his victims.


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The Pyx

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The Pyx (1973)

I love Karen Black and not just because she let herself be chased by that evil Zuni doll in Trilogy of Terror or dressed up like Mrs Allardice in Burnt Offerings. She’s been in so many memorable films, in particular for me from the 70s. Here she plays Elizabeth Lucy a woman who might have fallen victim to a devil cult. Christopher Plummer plays detective Sgt. Jim Henderson investigating the death of this heroin-addicted prostitute. The story is told using the device of flash back to tell Elizabeth’s story.

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Five Minutes to Live

People who added this item 18 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 5.7

Johnny Cash, the immortal man in black, plays the very unstable Johnny Cabot, who is part of a gang of thugs who terrorize a small town. This is a low budget thriller later released as Door to Door Maniac. Cash gives a very chilling performance as a cold blooded killer taunting his captive.


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The Psychic

People who added this item 93 Average listal rating (35 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7
The Psychic (1977)

In this more obscure EuroShocker, a clairvoyant… the gorgeous Jennifer O’ Neill, suffers from visions, which inspire her to smash open a section of wall in her husband’s home where she discovers a skeleton behind it.

She sets out to find the truth about how the victim wound up there, and if there’s a connection between their death and her fate as well!


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Too Scared to Scream

People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 4.7

Directed by actor Tony Lo Bianco. A killer is brutually attacking several tenants that live in a high rise apartment building in New York City. Mike Connors stars as Detective Lt. Alex Dinardo who investigates the killings. Also stars another unsung actress, Anne Archer, Leon Isaac Kennedy and Ian McShane

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Violent Midnight

People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 5.5

An axe murderer is running loose in a New England town! Also known as Psychomania not to be confused with the fabulous British film of devil worshiping bikers who come back to life starring Beryl Reid. This film features Dick Van Patten, Sylvia Miles, James Farentino and Sheppard Strudwick. It’s got it’s own creepy little pace going for it.

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When Worlds Collide

People who added this item 59 Average listal rating (42 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7

Another classic sci fi world is headed toward destruction film, that I remember from my childhood. Starring Barbara Rush and John Hoyt, two of my favorite character actors. It’s a lot of fun to watch and a well made film that’s off the beaten path from… Forbidden Planet and War of The Worlds.


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All The Kind Strangers (Made For TV)

People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 10 IMDB Rating 5.8
Starring Stacy Keach, Sammantha Eggar, John Savage and Robby Benson

A couple traveling through a backwoods area are held hostage by a a group of orphan children who want them to be their parents. When ever an adult refuses to participate in the delusion, they are killed. Great disturbing made for tv movie.


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The Todd Killings

People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 6.2

Directed by Barry Shear and starring Robert F. Lyons as Skipper Todd, a very sociopathic young man who holds sway over his younger followers like a modern day Svengali. Also starring Richard Thomas, Belinda Montgomery and the great Barbara Bel Geddes as Skippers mother who takes care of the elderly.

Based on the true story of ’60s thrill-killer Charles Schmidt (“The Pied Piper of Tucson”), Skipper Todd (Robert F. Lyons) is a charismatic 23-year old who charms his way into the lives of high school kids in a small California town. Girls find him attractive and are only too willing to accompany him to a nearby desert area to be his “girl for the night.” Not all of them return, however. Featuring Richard Thomas as his loyal hanger-on and a colorful assortment of familiar actors in vivid character roles including Barbara Bel Geddes, Gloria Grahame, Edward Asner, Fay Spain, James Broderick and Michael Conrad.



This film has a slow burning brutality that creates a disturbing atmosphere of social and cultural imprisonment by complacency and the pressure to conform, even with the non conformists.

Todd almost gets away with several murders, as the people around him idolize him as a hero, and not the ruthless manipulating psychopathic killer that he is. Frighteningly stunning at times. One death scene in particular is absolutely chilling in its handling of realism balanced with a psychedelic lens. This film is truly disturbing for it’s realism and for a 1971 release.

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To Kill A Clown (1972)

People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 6.7

Starring Alan Alda and Blythe Danner. Danner and Heath Lamberts play a young hippie couple who couple rent a secluded cabin so that they can try and reconnect and save their marriage.

Alan Alda plays Maj. Evelyn Ritchie the man who owns the property and who is also a military raised- sociopath who has two vicious dogs that he uses as an extension of his madness and anger.

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A mix of obscure little gems, some vintage horror & Sci-Fi , film noir and mystery/thriller. Film’s that repulse and mystify, part oddity and partly plain delicious fun.

List Source: thelastdrivein.com

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Comments

Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 5 11:34
One of the best lists in here in that I've hardly heard of any of these films!
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 21 17:34
You must be the first person that you showed film I never saw in my life!!! Good work!!!

Also the film number 30....the artist of the poster is H. R. Giger?
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 22 4:45
Great list! Several of these I haven't seen, but they have my curiosity up now! :D
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at May 25 22:37
Hey-yo, so out of interest, did you write the original article this list was copy-pasted from at http://thelastdrivein.com/category/classic-tv/abc-movie-of-the-week/murder-by-natural-causes-1979/ ? If so, cool, you've got my votes, but if not, it'd be cool to credit the source in the description.
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at May 26 12:33
I did not write this list. I found it on the internet and thought it was interesting. At the time I posted this, I was not aware of the 'credit the source' rule. I had forgotten where it came from until you reminded me. I will correct this and credit the source. I never intended to pretend I wrote this list.

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