Welcome to Arrow Beach aka Tender Flesh – USA, 1973

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‘A nice place to visit… but no place to live.’

Welcome to Arrow Beach is a 1973 [released 1974] American horror film directed by and starring actor Lawrence Harvey who died of stomach cancer on 25 November 1973. Stuart Whitman, Joanna Pettet, John Ireland and Meg Foster also star.

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The film has also been released as Tender Flesh; And No-One Would Believe Her; Deranged and Cold Storage.

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The film opens with the following written statement: ‘There is a witch’s tale that once a man has eaten human flesh, he will do it again. And again. And again.’

A hippie girl wandering on a California beach is taken in by a Korean War veteran who lives in a nearby mansion with his sister. The girl soon begins to suspect that the mansion is home to some very strange goings-on involving murder and cannibalism…

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Reviews:

“The film simply doesn’t know what it wants to be. It’s a horror movie that forgets it’s a horror movie. I haven’t seen a picture change its way as much as this without Ray Dennis Steckler’s name on the credits.” Hal Astell, Apocalypse Later

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“A good film could be made about a psychopathic recluse who has a chamber of horrors in his house where he cuts up and eats people. And of course it was made. By Tobe Hooper. That same year. On the other hand, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre doesn’t have a theme song sung by Lou Rawls, so maybe it evens out.” Marxo Grouch, Plate O’Shrimp

“Starting with a long shot of a nudist beach sets the pervading theme of voyeurism. This is then added to other interesting themes … sleaze, murder, madness and mayhem! Trust me, this movie is never boring.” Jon Kelly, Slasherama

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“An unpleasant but absorbing horror film that has acquired a modicum of cult status.” John Elliot, Elliot’s Guide to Films on Video

“ …inept and distasteful.” Variety, 15 May 1974

Cast and characters:

Filming locations:

5 February to early March 1973 in Santa Barbara, California, USA

Release:

The original UK cinema release featured the full uncut print. Warner Brothers later relinquished the rights and it was then picked up by Brut Pictures who heavily re-edited it by around 15 minutes, removing most of the cannibalism elements. At the time of writing, is yet to achieve a legitimate DVD release.

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One Comment on “Welcome to Arrow Beach aka Tender Flesh – USA, 1973”

  1. I was born in 1970 and saw this movie in 78-79? Yes, it’s a movie that no kid should’ve been watching, but having cable (star channel, movie channel etc…) there were many more i grew up on. Animal House etc…That should have not been watched.
    Through the years I’ve always talked about it as nobody remembered.
    Either way, I’m in the middle of watching it now and it’s as if I’m 8-9 all over again, only it’s far from what I always remembered. Of course, for its time, it scared the shit out of me.

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