As scary as all the stories of zombies and vampires may be, the most frightening monsters in the world are the ones that walk among us. I may look away when a monster shows up halfway through a movie but what truly scares me is what my fellow human beings have proven themselves capable of doing.
Today’s movie is all about man-made horror. Released in 1963, The Sadist is a dark and rather brutal film about what happens when three teachers have car trouble and find themselves wandering around a seemingly deserted junkyard. They quickly discover that they’re not alone. Watching them and eventually terrorizing them is Charlie (Arch Hall, Jr.), an inartciulate sociopath who quickly proves himself to be a lot more clever than his smugly complacent hostages. This bleak film is memorable for both its starkly effective cinematography and Hall’s disturbingly plausible portrayal of the title character.