|TO KILL A STRANGER (director/writer: J. Lopez-Moctezuma; screenwriters: Emerich Oross/Rafael Buñuel/Michael Elliott/Morrie Ruvinsky; cinematographer: Alex Phillips; editor: Carlos Savage; music: Mort Garson; cast: Donald Pleasence (Col. Kostik), Angelica Maria (Cristina Carver), Dean Stockwell (John Carver), Ken Grant (Tom), Aldo Ray (Inspector Benedict), Sergio Aragonés (Maj. Keller), Jill Franklyn (Susan); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Raul Vale; Virgin; 1987-Mexico/USA-in English)|
by Dennis Schwartz
("House of Madness") co-writes and directs this
unremarkable thriller. It was never
unnamed Latin American dictatorship, John Carver (Dean
Stockwell) is a visiting TV reporter. His wife
Cristina (Angelica Maria) gets
into an auto accident. Colonel Kostik (Donald
Pleasence), a military medal-winner, helps
her, and she lets him take her home during a
rainstorm. When the colonel tries to viciously rape
her, she kills him in self-defense. The vic gets in
hot water when she hides his body, not wanting it to
be a news story. Things get tense when a
suspicious local detective (Aldo Ray) begins to
investigate the disappearance.
only for fans of Donald Pleasence,
in another of his nutty roles.
REVIEWED ON 6/22/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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