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Friday, November 17, 2017

Psychotronic Movie of the Week: Impulse (1974, William Grefe)


Impulse
1974, Conqueror Films/Camelot Entertainment

D: William Grefe S: Tony Crechales P: Scorates Ballis

Starring: William Shatner, Ruth Roman, Jennifer Bishop, James Dobson, Kim Nicholas, Harold "Odd Job" Sakata, William Kerwin


Michael J. Weldon's review from Psychotronic Video #9:

What a find! William Shatner is Matthew Stone, a creepy, lying, seductive psycho gigolo hustler with sideburns, a scar, and white flair pants. A perfect cliche black and white flashback shows how as a kid he defended his mother by running a samurai sword through a tattooed drunk (William Kerwin!). Another flashback shows him crying while strangling a woman then sinking her car (ala DEMENTIA 13). He seduces a widow (Jennifer Bishop from Al Adamson movies) whose best friend is played by Ruth Roman. Only the woman's bratty precocious little blond daughter (Kim Nicholas, who is perfect in the role) knows what a creep he is. Shatner/Stone runs over a dog, hangs Harold ("Odd Job") Sakata, and says things like "People like you should be ground up and made into dog food!" The video print is scratchy, but IMPULSE has excellent clever cinematography and editing and is the most enjoyable of Grefe's made in Florida movies I've seen so far. It's a sleaze classic. 


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