Release dateJuly 1984 WriterBruce R. Cook, Gordon M. Smith GenresComedy, Black comedy, Thriller, Indie film, Crime Thriller CastGreg Mullavey, Meredith MacRae, Garrett Morris, Timothy Bottoms Similar moviesI Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, W Delta Z, Mad Max: Fury Road, Irreversible, Memories of Murder, John Wick
TaglineFour lovers with everything to hide. One stranger with nothing to lose.
The census taker
The Census Taker is a 1984 black comedy directed by Bruce R. Cook. It stars Greg Mullavey, Meredith MacRae, Timothy Bottoms, and Garrett Morris. The film was The Residents' first film soundtrack commission when their participation was suggested by Penn Jillette to Cook. It was released by Trans World Entertainment on VHS in 1988 under the title Husbands, Wives, Money & Murder.
When George (Greg Mullavey) and Martha (Meredith MacRae) let Harvey (Garrett Morris), an annoying census taker, into their home, they find themselves under a barrage of increasingly abusive questions. Furious at his intrusiveness, and at their wit's end, they kill the census taker and with the help of their friends Pete (Timothy Bottoms) and Eva (Austen Tayler), must hide the body from a determined investigator.