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Short summary

A troubled teen with an undeserved criminal past is the suspect when young women start turning up around town dead and marked up with lipstick.

John Humphries had never acted before doing this film. He has since said that he took his acting cues from Jo Canterbury whom he knew had some acting experience Off-Broadway. So as her performance became more teary and shrill, so did his.

This film was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) in 1993. John Humphries, who, in his only acting appearance, played Mikey, was a special guest at the first Mystery Science Theater 3000 convention in 1994.

While it was largely ignored upon its release in 1964, the film's showing on Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) in 1993 revitalized interest in it, so much so that it was given a premiere showing in Huntington, West Virginia (where it was filmed) in 1994. The premiere was attending by several surviving cast and crew members.

According to John Humphries, most of the cast and crew of this film were friends or relatives of director Ben Parker.

The film had heavy theatrical play into 1974 with sporadic showings in 1977, 1979 and 1985.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Bloom Bill Bloom - Jimmy Walton
John Ensign John Ensign - Lt. Anderson
Rick Harris Rick Harris
Stacy Smith Stacy Smith - Mary
Jim Asp Jim Asp
Mickey Banga Mickey Banga
Jo Canterbury Jo Canterbury - Betty Royson
Steve Christian Steve Christian
Joe Church Joe Church
Kathy Haddád Kathy Haddád
John Humphries John Humphries - Mikey Walton
Sue Jiminson Sue Jiminson
Nelson Paden Nelson Paden
Connie Pollard Connie Pollard
Stan Witowski Stan Witowski
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