Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The self-explanatorily titled My Friends Need Killing was directed by the estimable Paul Leder. A true auteur, Leder also wrote and edited the film. But you probably won't find his name in the pages of Cahiers du Cinema, principally because his output includes such tantalizing titles as The Baby Doll Murders and I Dismember Mama. This low-budget psycho film stars Greg Mullavey as Gene Kline, a disturbed Vietnam veteran who goes insane and begins murdering his fellow combatants or causing them to commit suicide. Mullavey, best known for television's Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, appeared in several of Leder's films along with co-star and real-life spouse, Meredith MacRae, who later re-teamed with Leder for the all-time classic Sketches of a Strangler. Completed in 1976, My Friends Need Killing didn't receive a widespread release until it went to video in 1984.