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This Stuff'll Kill Ya! (1971)

GP | | Drama, Crime | 26 February 1971 (USA)
A redneck con artist sets himself up as a preacher in a small Deep South town to run his moonshine distillery and clashes with a number of locals and a federal agent bent on shutting his operation down.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Allen ... Rev. Roscoe Boone
Tim Holt ... Agent Clark
Gloria King Gloria King ... Elsie
Ray Sager ... Grady
Eric Bradly Eric Bradly ... Sam (as Erich Bradly)
Terence McCarthy Terence McCarthy ... Carter
Ronna Riddle ... Lynn
Larry Drake ... Bubba
Jack Garner Jack Garner ... Turnip (as John Garner)
Bill Mays Bill Mays ... George the Sheriff
Lee Danser Lee Danser ... Zeke
Pamela Polsgrove ... Mary Ellen
Doffy Candler Doffy Candler ... Beau
Skip Nicholson Skip Nicholson ... Lawyer Grimes
Carol Merrill Carol Merrill ... Bubba's Nurse


A backwoods Bible-quoting Foghorn Leghorn-ish con man who believes in free love and moon-shining runs into trouble with the locals when a series of gruesome religious murders are committed: a new bride is raped off-screen, a woman is stoned and two others are crucified. Written by MG

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Release Date:

26 February 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil Wears Clodhoppers See more »

Filming Locations:

Checotah, Oklahoma, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ultima See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Final film appearance of Tim Holt. See more »


Carter: Reverend, look, if by some miracle I can get you out of this mess, you have got to give me your word that you'll close down the White Lighting still.
Grady: Don't listen to him! He's sided with them!
Carter: I don't care what you think, Grady! I'm trying to help.
[police cars are approaching]
Carter: Here they come!
[to Boone]
Carter: What's your answer?
Rev. Roscoe Boone: Well, boy, if you can put oil on the water, I ain't gonna set that oil on fire.
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Deep In The Spirit
Words and Music by Herschell Gordon Lewis (as Sheldon Seymour)
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I shall drink of the spirit of the Lord!
6 August 2016 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

This is a lesser Herschell Gordon Lewis picture that just isn't as much fun as his more celebrated features. It's a rednecks 'n' booze exploitation drama about a con artist named Roscoe Boone (Jeffrey Allen of "Two Thousand Maniacs!"), who fronts as a flamboyant preacher. He and his congregation actually take their liquor more seriously than their faith. The Feds (led by a glum looking Tim Holt of "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre", in his final feature film appearance) mean to shut his operation down, but he's not the kind of man to go down quietly. Meanwhile, in a minor plot thread, a few citizens are bloodily murdered (one by stoning, two by crucifixion).

This viewer would admit that he more readily enjoys the gore flicks of Mr. HGL. At least they have a better pace, and a more glorious go-for-broke attitude, as crude as they may be. This one simply goes on much too long, with too many scenes that drag. Allen gives it 100% as the loud talking Boone, but after a while the character loses a great deal of his charm. Even the killings are pretty restrained, compared to what we saw in the "Blood Trilogy". The main exception is the hilariously grisly denouement. The bad sound quality doesn't help any; coupled with the accents, it renders a fair bit of dialogue unintelligible. Fortunately, HGL composed a few songs for the occasion that are pretty catchy, especially "One More Swig of Moonshine".

It's a little dispiriting to see Mr. Holt having closed out his career like this, but the other performers do like they're having a good time. Giving "This Stuff'll Kill Ya!" great curiosity value is the presence of future Hollywood character actor Larry Drake, making his film debut as stuttering rube Bubba. Longtime HGL associate Ray Sager doesn't have a lot to do as the character Grady.

This is not something that this viewer would readily recommend, unless one is a real HGL completist.

Five out of 10.

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