THE SUCKERS (1972)
Lori (Laurie) Rose
Written and Produced
Director of Cinematography
An EVI “Rear Window Series” production
An Entertainment Ventures release
Rich, jaded big-game hunter Steve Vandemeer no longer gets his kicks from killing dumb animals. He decides to hunt the most cunning and dangerous creatures on earth – human beings.
Vandemeer invites Cindy and George Stone, model-agency owners, and two of their models, Barbara and Joan, to his private hunting preserve. These four are intended live game.
Ever the sportsman, Vandemeer also invites Jeff Baxter, a young professional hunter, just to make the contest less one-sided.
Vandemeer entertains his five unknowing guests royally at his palatial estate the night before “the hunt.” All retire except Jeff and Barbara, who, after getting to know each other, make love on a bear-skin rug by a comforting fire.
Barbara shares a guest room with Joan. Barbara tells Joan that she and Jeff made love. Joan, a lesbian, is furious. Barbara, to assuage the girl’s hurt feelings, makes love to her in the huge sunken tub in their bathroom.
Early the next day, the crazed Vandemeer tells his guests just what he has in mind. He gives them a half-hour head start. One-by-one Vandemeer and his two henchmen pick off “the game.” Joan is raped and killed, as is Cindy. George is killed. Only Jeff and Barbara survive. Jeff has managed to kill the two henchmen.
In a fierce man-to-man fight, Jeff kills the mad Vandemeer, and he and the dazed Barbara begin the long trek back to civilization to tell their weird tale.