The Love Thrill Murders (1971)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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This film exploits the more unpleasant features of the Sharon Tate tragedy. In an interesting bit of casting, the charismatic cult leader Moon is played by Troy Donahue in what is clearly an attempt to "broaden" his wholesome image. In the story, a pregnant starlet has called upon the hippyish cult/family led by Moon to organize an orgy in her home. With the help of lots of drugs, they do this with gusto, rounding off their evening by brutally killing all the rich guests, whom they think to be "pigs." The most notable difference between the circumstances of this story and the Tate/LaBianca killings is the location; this film is set in a suburb of New York City.

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cult, dropout, drugs, maniac, orgy, runaway [from home], worship [religious]