Name of the Game is Kill – “You can’t buy a ticket to see this movie… unless you pledge not to reveal the surprise shock ending”, exclaimed the promotional campaign for film distributor JOE SOLOMON’s 1968 psychological thriller, “THE NAME OF THE GAME IS KILL”, from screenwriter, GARY CRUTCHER (“STANLEY”), and television director, GUNNAR HELLSTROM (“GUNSMOKE”). After being lost for over four decades, audiences will at last be able to experience this drive-in suspense film on a special edition DVD, restored for archival film elements and loaded with EXCLUSIVE bonus features. While hitchhiking along a desert highway in rural Arizona, Hungarian refugee and drifter (JACK LORD- “HAWAII 5-0”) is given a lift by an attractive young girl (SUSAN STRASBERG-“THE TRIP”) to a nearby ‘ghost town’. There her family, consisting of her two sisters and their estranged mother, manage an old gas station. One by one, the sisters reveal to him clues to their shattered past. Slowly, the drifter becomes entangled in their web of deceit and desire, leading to “one of the most surprise shock endings ever filmed!” Co-starring COLLIN WILCOX (“TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD”) and TISHA STERLING (“COOGAN’S BLUFF”), this 1960’s drive-in thriller will keep you spellbound! Photographed by Academy Award winning cinematographer, VILMOS ZSIGMOND (“CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND”), and assembled by acclaimed editor, LOU LOMBARDO (“THE WILD BUNCH”), this long lost cult masterpiece contains “shock sequences reminiscent of Hitchcock’s ‘PSYCHO'”. (Film Daily)
1968 | 84 min | Color | Optional English Subtitles | 1.78:1/16×9 Anamorphic | Dolby Digital | All Region | NR
Name of the Game is Kill:
- Introduction by documentary filmmaker Daniel Griffith
- Audio commentary with screenwriter Gary Crutcher, moderated by Daniel Griffith
- “PSYCHO’S SISTER: MAKING THE NAME OF THE GAME IS KILL” – An ALL-NEW making of documentary featuring EXCLUSIVE interviews with screenwriter Gary Crutcher (“STANLEY”), cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond (“DELIVERANCE”), composer Stu Phillips (“BATTLESTAR GALACTICA”), film director/historian Joe Dante (“GREMLINS”), writer/film historian Tim Lucas (VIDEO WATCHDOG), and MORE!,
- “SCHLOCKMEISTER: JOE SOLOMON ON REELS” – The cinematic history of producer/distributor Joe Solomon… told through trailers.
- Featuring audio commentary by film historian Chris Poggiali (TEMPLE OF SCHLOCK)
- Extensive Promotional Gallery
- Rare TV Spot and More
- Bonus Materials Produced by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures
Don’t Look In The Basement – One their last day of high school, Linda, from low-budget cult-film director S. F. Brownrigg (“Don’t Open the Door!,” “Poor White Trash 2” and “Keep My Grave Open”), this gory little chiller takes place in an experimental hospital for the criminally insane where the creative thinking director allows several inmates to put out their psychotic delusions (you know, like – necrophilia, paranoia and popsicles). Things really start to get nuts when a new staffer arrives…starting with the bloody axe-murder of the doctor himself, and leading to a total takeover of this hallowed institution by its most crazy and violent inhabitants.
1972 | 92 min | Color | 1.33:1 | Dolby Digital | All Region | Rated R
Night Visitor – A powerful Gothic suspense tale of a man wrongly accused of murder, who is committed to an asylum for the criminally insane. While imprisoned, he makes a series of incredible escapes to methodically wreak vengeance on those responsible for putting him there.
1971 | 102 min | Color | Optional English Subtitles | 1.78:1/16×9 | Dolby Digital | All Region | Rated PG
Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde – Dr. Henry Pryde (Bernie Casey) is a noteworthy scientist who is working on an experimental remedy for liver damage. Along with his colleague, Dr. Billie Worth (Rosalind Cash), he perfects a serum that has the potential to reverse damaged liver tissue. Pryde also donates his services as a medical practitioner to a free clinic in the Watts projects. Pryde begins a series of unorthodox experiments to test his serum, and uses the serum on himself. The results are disastrous: he transforms into a hulking white-skinned hooker-murdering lunatic.
1976 | 87 min | Color | 1.78:1/16×9 Anamorphic Enhanced Widescreen | Dolby Digital | All Region | Rated RActors
Name of the Game is Kill – Jack Lord, Tisha Sterling, Collin Wilcox Paxton, Susan Strasberg, Marc Desmon, Mort Mills, T.C. Jones
Don’t Look In The Basement – William ‘Bill’ McGhee, Annie MacAdams, Rosie Holotik
Night Visitor – Max Von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Trevor Howard, Per Oscarsson, Rupert Davies, Andrew Keir
Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde – Bernie Casey, Rosalind Cash, Marie O’Henry, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Milt KoganDirected by
Name of the Game is Kill – Gunnar Hellstrom
Don’t Look In The Basement – S.F. Brownrigg
Night Visitor – Laslo Benedek
Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde – William Crain