Devil Times Five (1974)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Slasher Film  |   Release Date - May 31, 1974 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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This quirky psychological thriller involves a quintet of weird kids who stumble into the luxurious winter retreat of a wealthy patriarch (Gene Evans) and his arrogant guests. Little do the effete vacationers realize that the children are escapees from an asylum for the criminally insane -- a fact they realize only after their doom has been sealed. The only known film from director Sean MacGregor (released theatrically as People Toys), this is a seldom-seen but thoroughly satisfying horror sleeper with a sardonic sense of morality, taking great delight in knocking off Evans' circle of decadent snobs in graphic and innovative ways (one guest is joined in the bath by piranhas; another is pummeled with chains in a creepy still-photo montage). Known also to some drive-in venues as The Horrible House on the Hill, no doubt as part of a double-bill with Wes Craven's Last House on the Left.

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mental-patient (escaped), community, killing-spree, patriarch, psychopath, retreat [sanctuary], vacation, asylum [mental hospital], madness, mental-illness, mountains, bus, child