Cinema: Necrophilic Notes

Sweet Saviour is concerned with the exploits of a deranged preacher named Moon (Troy Donahue) who mesmerizes his hippie followers into slaughtering a houseful of people at the home of a wealthy and pregnant actress. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is clearly and leeringly intentional.

The movie gloats over its scenes of degenerate sex and reaches a climax in human butchery. Thus pornography of sex and violence produces a third type: the pornography of exploitation. Sweet Saviour makes a mockery of a tragedy. Presented as a movie, it is actually a symptom of a social disease.

·Jay Cocks

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