Deathmaster (1972)

USA, 1972
75m (UK), 88m – 35mm film, colour
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Ray Danton.

Plot Summary

Khorda is the mysterious, charismatic leader of a cult of hippies living in the desert. He’s also a vampire and has sinister plans for his group of devoted followers…


Directed by: Ray Danton
© MCMLXXII [1972] by World Entertainment Productions
R.F. Productions in association with World Entertainment Productions presents
Executive Producers:
Produced by: Fred Sadoff
Associate Producer: Robert Quarry
Screenplay by: R.L. Grove
Director of Photography: Wilmer C. Butler
Film Editor: Harold Lime
Music Composed and Conducted by: Bill Marx
Sound Mixer: Ken Carlson
Wardrobe Designed by: Fandango
Make-up and Special Effects Make-up: Mark Bussan

Robert Quarry (Khorda)
John Fiedler (Pop)
Bob Pickett (Kirkwood)
William Jordan (Monk Reynolds)
Betty Anne Rees (Esslin)
Le Sesne Hilton (Barbado)
John Lasell (detective)
Michael Cronin (Mike)
Charles Hornsby (Charles)
Kitty Vallacher (Bridey)
Tari Tabakin (Mavis)
Freda T. Vanterpool (dancer)
Olympia Sylvers (Olympia)
Bob Woods (policeman)
Ted Lynn (surfer)
Bill Ewing (Pico)
Brenda Dickson (Rona Ashby)

Extracts included in
Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-rama Show Southern Style Vol.2 (1995)



  • The Dark Side June 1995 p.19 – credits, review
  • Dreadful Pleasures no.8/9 p.15 – review
  • Fangoria no.219 (January 2003) p.59 – illustrated DVD review (DVD Dungeon: Deathmaster by Michael Gingold)
  • Filmfacts vol.15 no.24 (1972) pp. 611-612 – reprinted reviews
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.43 no.514 (November 1976) p.231 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Screen International no.57 (9 October 1976) p.16 – credits, review


  • American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig pp.115-116
  • American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson pp.223-224 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.251
  • Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures by Mark Thomas McGee pp.307
  • Fright Night on Channel 9 by James Arena p.100
  • Hoffman’s Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.96 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis pp.88-89
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.175 – credits, review
  • The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide by Stephen Jones p.71 – credits, review
  • Killing for Culture by David Kerekes and David Slater p.330 – article
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.93 – credits
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) p.89 – illustrated review (by John Llewellyn Probert)
  • Vampire Films of the 1970s: Dracula to Blacula and Every Fang Between by Gary A. Smith pp.39-41; 207 – illustrated review; credits