An unknown gem that is thrilling and creepy. Gets grand mileage out of its threadbare plot and one-location to generate suspense worthy of Hitchcock. Many films have taken since from this plotline of characters stranded-in-peril against an enemy. However, this is a no-nonsense boiler that doesn't waste time. The first hour builds up the tension and characterization beautifully to earn the 20 minute extended climax.
Great late night 'B' gem with an excellent use of stark black and white photography. You almost feel the sweat off the screen from the heat and dust of it's parched locale. A truly sadistic villain in the rather odd career of Arch Hall Jr. Though the film is small and delegated to the second half of a thriller themed double bill it some how stays with you with it's blunt examination of social repression.
"It was going so well until this clichéd endi-HOLY FUCK!" Something of an anti-Badlands, this single location, genre film telling of the Starkweather-Fugate story examines desperation and the limits of compassion in the least subtle and most impacting way it can. The tension, established by its sweaty, desolate environment is pushed into delirium by astonishing acts of violence, before a grim if exhilarating climax.
Excellent. One of the best kept secrets of the B-Movie world. Imagine if Elvis or Ricky Nelson had ever played an inbred psycopath; that's the kind of reversal that happened in The Sadist when Arch Hall shed his aspiring teen idol status and picked up a gun; it was also the best performance he ever gave. Gripping and intense, this movie springs from nowhere and never lets up.