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Larry Alexander (screenplay) and
Marc B. Ray (screenplay)
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February 1973 (USA) See more »
Who Will Survive the Psychosexual Claw? See more »
A disturbed boy kills his father with his farm tractor and his arm is mangled in the process. He's taken... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Oedipal nightmare posing as cheapo horror flick! See more (60 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Fred Holbert ... Matthew
Leigh Mitchell ... Vera / Daisy Parsons
Robert Knox ... Mack Parsons
Ron Bastone ... Sailor
Suzette Hamilton ... Brenda
Willey Reynolds ... Lex (as Wiley Reynolds)
A. Maana Tanelah ... Bridey-Lee
Florence Lea ... Helen Anatole

Angus Scrimm ... Dr. Epstein (as Rory Guy)
Cecil Reddick ... Mr. Simpson
Gloria Earl ... Mrs. Simpson
J.M. Jones ... Young Matthew
Norman ... Candy Seller
Rob Max ... Matthew's Father
Winnifred ... The Dog

Directed by
Marc B. Ray 
Writing credits
Larry Alexander (screenplay) and
Marc B. Ray (screenplay)

Produced by
Larry Alexander .... associate producer
Ron Mitchell .... associate producer
Marc B. Ray .... producer
Alan Roberts .... executive producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Stephen H. Burum (director of photography) (as Stephen Burum)
Film Editing by
Alex Funke 
Set Decoration by
Donald Mulderick  (as Don Mulderick)
Gale Peterson 
Makeup Department
Donald Mulderick .... makeup artist (as Don Mulderick)
Gale Peterson .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Herzog .... assistant director
Sound Department
Mike Glaser .... sound recordist
Ira H. Klugerman .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Barnett .... gaffer
Bruce Miller .... set grip
Hank Miller .... set grip
Steven Vance .... set grip
Chuck Wells .... key grip
Editorial Department
B. Robert Barton .... negative cutter
Other crew
Lorelei .... script supervisor
Alan Roberts .... presenter

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Also Known As:
"Claw of Terror" -
"Matthew" - USA (video title)
"The Captive Female" - USA (reissue title)
"Asesino sangriento" - Spain (imdb display title)
"Blutbad des Schreckens" - West Germany
"Das Höllenmassaker" - West Germany (video title)
"El Grito Del Asesino" - Mexico (theatrical title)
"Le manchot" - France (video title)
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90 min
Color (Crest)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Filmed in 1971.See more »
Continuity: When young Matthew jumps off the farm tractor he uses to kill his father, he lands on the ground but is no where near the tractor; next cut, it shows that he's next to the tractor that crushes his hand.See more »
Vera:People belong where they belong. I'm an amateur painter who turns tricks to make the rent. That's where I belong.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Twisted Sex Vol. 6 (????) (V)See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Oedipal nightmare posing as cheapo horror flick!, 1 November 2007
Author: Andrew Leavold ( from Brisbane, Australia

Originally released under the less hook-like Scream Bloody Murder, Claw Of Terror opens with a young farmers lad Matthew starting up the family bulldozer and running over his father, as well as his own hand. Cut to ten years later, and Matthew is now a weird loner with a claw for a hand, who sees red whenever his mother Daisy is kissing someone else, and it doesn't take long - he comes home from the hospital to find Mr Parsons is sleeping in the big bed with Mommy. The honeymoon doesn't last long: Matthew gives Mr Parsons a few whacks with the ax, mama falls on a rock, and before you can say "rigor mortis" he's hitched a ride with newlyweds. But, as he's plagued with visions of his dead mother in increasing stages of decay, THEIR honeymoon doesn't last either. And this is in the first twenty minutes of the movie!

Claw Of Terror doesn't waste celluloid plunging you, the unwitting viewer, into a Freudian whirlpool of psycho-sexual deviancy. He's befriended by red-haired Vera, a hooker with a heart of gold, who becomes his Mommy substitute - not surprisingly, as she's played by the same actress. She lets Matthew call her Daisy and starts to believe his outrageous lies about his rich family, which he feels he must prove. Ingratiating his way into a mansion, he slices his way through the household; strangely enough, the one killing in the movie he is squeamish about is the family dog! He proceeds to romance his prostitute Mommy substitute with a closet full of dead bodies, and then - and only then - do things start to get weird.

On one hand there's an utterly unsympathetic portrayal of a deviant serial killer, and an almost unbearable streak of cruel humor underpinning the carnage. Matthew of course gets the best lines like "I get groceries and art stuff and kill people - but do you appreciate it? No!" On the other hand... there's some incredible imaginative photography you don't usually see in B-grade horror, with fantastic distorted angles, almost as distorted as the minds who dreamt up this celluloid nightmare.

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