To Kill a Stranger (1984)

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Cristina Carver (Angelica Maria) finds herself in dire straits after she arrives to spend some time with her TV-reporter husband (Dean Stockwell) who is visiting a Latin American country ... See full summary »


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18 March 2003 | capkronos
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| Entertaining international thriller with a few horror touches.
Singing star Cristina Carver (Angelica Maria, who performs one song) is on her way to see her husband John (Dean Stockwell) when she wrecks her rented BMW. She walks to a gas station, gets a lift from wealthy Colonel Kostik (Donald Pleasence at his creepy best) and goes back to his large house to use his phone. He turns out to be a psychotic sex predator who lies about having a wife, tries to rape and strangle her and then chases after her with a shotgun. After hitting him over the head several times and shooting him, he finally dies, she panics, throws the body in a well and buries the evidence... scared his stature and reputation as a respected war hero will kill her chances at a fair trial. And she seems to be right!

Though a bit far-fetched, this thriller (which was filmed in 1982) is making serious statements about police and military corruption in South American countries and of the poor legal rights given to international tourists abroad. Other than Pleasence and Stockwell, people may be interested in seeing Aldo Ray as a police inspector and Mad Magazine cartoonist Sergio Aragones (who was very badly dubbed) as a military officer. American director Paul Leder (I DISMEMBER MAMA) was the post production supervisor.

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