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Welcome to Arrow Beach

R 1974 1h 39m Horror List
Reviews 67% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
A dazed teenage hitchhiker (Meg Foster) meets an older man (Laurence Harvey) who lives with his sister (Joanna Pettet) and a taboo urge. Read More Read Less

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Scott Weinberg Who knew cannibalism could be so damn boring? Rated: 1/5 Sep 5, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Talk about spoilers... the Rotten Tomatoes synopsis gives away the punchline. Although it's hinted at, you're not supposed to truly know that the villain is a cannibal until the movie's climax. No big loss, though. You should be grateful to anyone or anything that dissuades you from watching this horrible clunker. I have a very high tolerance for bad horror movies, and even I wish I could have the 90ish minutes of my life back that I spent watching this stinker. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member saw it as kid .. love to see it again 40yrs later Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Meg Foster (The Sentinel) plays drifter who is terrorized by a deranged, rich-boy psycho and his Freudian big sis in this gritty, scary, 1970's hippie era creep-out. Some clever dialogue and genuinely frightening moments. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Welcome to Arrow Beach is a really remarkable little movie. I first saw it about five years ago . It was shown on channel 5 at a about 2am in the morning and I must say I really had no intention of going the distance with this little film. But how wrong I was. I found myself hooked, and I must say at that time I couldn't reason why. Lets put it this way. Welcome to Arrow Beach is badly edited, has a crappy theme tune by Lou Rawls, the story has no real pace and the direction by Laurence Harvey needs a lot to be desired. Now that's just the basics about what's wrong with this little film. But still I watched it all the way though to the end. Now I must point out that that night I had set my DVD recorder to tape a movie on another channel at around that same time as Welcome to Arrow Beach was being shown on channel five. But I had made a mistake . I later found that I had inadvertently taped Arrow beach instead. This was my blessing in disguise, as I found my self watching this movie over and over. The basic story deals with a Photographer played by Laurence Harvey who picks up and befriends hitchhikers or runaways, all of whom seem to be women. He then takes them home to meet his sister/ lover played by the gorgeous Joanna Pettet. Then he lures them to his basement photo studio where he then chops them up to eat. A young Meg Foster falls foul of Harvey and Pettet but manages to escape. As always the police don't believe her. "Would You". So she try's to expose them her self. Yes… This movie is that mad. But its also pure cult in the same way that we see Last house on the Left or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre as Cult. Its bloody too like these movies and like Texas Chainsaw its not gratuitous. The acting is pure 1970s prime time television if you know what I mean.. if you don't ,, well check out Macmillan and wife. I have since found out why this movie isn't technically sound . The reason was that Laurence Harvey who starred and also directed this movie was dieing. He apparently edited the movie on his death bed. This would also explain why he looked in so much pain during the movie. Welcome to Arrow Beach isn't a great movie because its well made, lets face it , it isn't. In my opinion it's a great movie because it's so hard to define. Plus there is a real feeling that everyone was pulling together on it.. Try watching it and you might see what I mean. After learning the history of the movie I got the feeling that this was a team movie. Not a good movie. But theirs a lot of love on that screen, oh and blood, guts and bad singing. Some say that Laurence Harvey's last movie was a bad one.. Those people would be Warner Bros they buried the movie. I'd say Welcome to Arrow Beach Trashy, very Cult but, strangely watchable. Check it out. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member A bizarre final entry in Laurence Harvey's filmography. So obscure I had to lobby the admin here to get it included in their database of films for review. There's plenty of sex (And with Joanna Pettet and young Meg Foster that's a good thing.) as well as Korean War flashbacks that lead to a confusing story of cannibalism. The kind of strangeness that seemed destined for the 70's. Good thing Harvey didn't have to dig his way out from under this. However, sad that one of the stars of the original Manchurian Candidate would end up here. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A dazed teenage hitchhiker (Meg Foster) meets an older man (Laurence Harvey) who lives with his sister (Joanna Pettet) and a taboo urge.
Laurence Harvey
Original Language
1h 39m