Sunday, October 01, 2023

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 1: Killer's Delight (1978)

I'll watch almost any movie that is even partially filmed in San Francisco, with a particular fondness for those shot in the seventies. Killer's Delight (also released as The Sport Killer and The Dark Ride) checks both those boxes, at least for a little while.

The story is basically a fictionalized telling of the Ted Bundy murders, and its opening includes some good aerial shots of the City, as well as a body dumping in view of the Golden Gate Bridge. There are also some good scenes of North Beach, but the majority of the movie was shot in Los Angeles.

It feels a lot like a made for TV movie, but was actually a theatrical release and was rated R. The two leads look like B-movie versions of Al Pacino and John Saxon (although I guess John Saxon is already the B-movie version of John Saxon!) and a lot of the movie's dialogue was dubbed in post.

It's weird that I had never even heard of this film until it popped up on an Instagram account I follow called BayAreaMovies, and there's not a lot about it online. Weirdest of all, it's not listed in either of the Psychotronic books by Michael Weldon, which I always have handy during the month of October. It's not a great film by any means, but it's still kind of fun finding these hidden...non-gems every now and then.

I watched Killer's Delight on Tubi, which has a great print (if you aren't annoyed by commercials). It's also streaming on YouTube.


Caffeinated Joe said...

Always good finding the old, odd gems or semi-precious stones, at least. Found one the other day with Robert Wagner and Kate Jackson called Death at Love House. Not great, but fun enough.

Aimee said...

In my queue…excited to see more of your Oct line-up!!!