Monday, October 08, 2012

Devil Times Five

(1974) **1/2

Five sociopathic children terrorize a group of adults staying in a remote snow bound cabin. This is one of those edgy ‘70’s made for TV films, the ones they showed after 10 p.m. when all the sweet little kiddies were nestled safe in their beds while the parents watched tales of murder and mayhem. I recognized two of the little devils, a very young Leif Garrett plays David and Moe is played by Dawn Lyn (Dodie from My Three Sons). The film also stars a Sorrell Booke (Boss Hogg from Dukes of Hazzard) when he was much younger, slimmer and had a bit more hair.

 Gotta give these kids props for being creative with their corpses.
The dead make a good stiff base for a snowman.

 Just wait and see, one day I'm gonna be a huuuuuuuge star!

The film has some game even though it was mftv; there is even a gratuitous boob shot as well as a hefty portion of man ass. The kids play the, “We were in an accident and everyone else is dead” card to get invited into the cabin. They actually get away with three murders, blaming them on the semi-retarded guy living at the cabin before the other adults start to catch on. It lost half a star from me due to the overplaying of a ring-around-the-rosy type song that really grates on the nerves after awhile.


DCD said...

We totally had that striped blanket in the background of that first picture. It was really warm, but kind of itchy.

This sounds interesting - too bad about the annoying song.

AC said...

this would have freaked me out terribly if i'd see it as a kid.

Mr. AC said...

I may have to see it for the Boss Hog cameo alone. Would you say this one qualifies for the "ass-a-thon"?

JPX said...

I thought this sounded familiar and when I looked it up I saw that I reviewed it a while ago. I feel sorry for you that you put yourself through this. It seems that we have very similar opinions about it. Here's part of my review,

"Devil Times Five was another film touted as a “cult classic”. The reality is that it’s just a big pile of disjointed crap. The first half of the film follows the adults’ shenanigans as they argue about nonsense and have a lot of wine and sex. The last 25 minutes are where you should start the film should you ever have the unpleasant opportunity to do so. It’s during these final 25 minutes where the little brats finally let loose with their nonsensical murder-spree. A little research on this film reveals that the film actually had two directors and the first director abandoned the project after he completed the first 40 minutes of the film. The use of two directors if very obvious as the tone of the film shifts from somewhat juvenile, comical and lighthearted to inexplicably dark and gory. Stupid and pointless, avoid unless you have nothing else to watch."

Catfreeek said...

Yeah, that about sums it up.

Johnny Sweatpants said...

I kinda liked this one!

Crystal Math said...


I thought this was interesting/different and looking forward to reviewing it :-)

50PageMcGee said...

i saw this when i was one of those kids who was supposed to be asleep while the parents were up watching movies about murder and mayhem.

mom and dad would go out to do stuff and let us rent whatever the hell we wanted. i always opted for something from the horror section, and this was one of my picks one of those nights. i recall being not that impressed with it, watching it just to get through it.

ps - i was out of town this weekend, so i'm playing comment catchup. you fuckers write reviews really quickly. stacks up fast. i hate you.

Octopunk said...

Aww, we hate you too.

I love that Horrorthon roots out all this made-for-TV stuff, but I really love that it's other people doing it. I don't really have the tolerance for it.

I think Killdozer and Snowbeast are my only ones. Maybe that Pulse movie with Joey Lawrence.