A Knife for the Ladies (1974)

What if Jack the Ripper escaped and made it to the Wild West? Well, a knife-wielding killer has been slicing his way through the small desert town of Mescal. And while most of the victims have been prostitutes, the first was Travis Mescal, the only son of the town’s richest family. The sheriff hasn’t been able to solve matters, so the town’s leaders bring in an investigator to get the job done.

Directed by Larry G. Spangler, who also produced and directed The Life and Times of the Happy Hooker, this is a rare horror Western.

It’s got a great start and plenty of filler until the end. At least Jack Elam is in it as the sheriff. And Ruth Roman, who lights up The Baby. She’s in this, too.

The hero detective — played by Jeff Cooper — has a 1970’s haircut, which really makes no sense. Neither does this movie, which is unsure if it wants to be horror, proto-slasher, a Western or a giallo. It fails equally at each, providing only boredom.

You can watch this on Amazon Prime.

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