Hex (1973 film)

Directed by Leo Garen
Produced by Clark Paylow
Written by Leo Garen
Stephen Katz
Vernon Zimmerman (story)
Starring Keith Carradine
Tina Herazo
Hillarie Thompson
Mike Combs
Scott Glenn
Gary Busey
Dan Haggerty
Music by Charles Bernstein
Patrick Williams
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox (USA)
Release dates
  • 1973 (1973)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $980,000[1]

Hex is a 1973 American horror film filmed on Cheyenne River Indian Reservation starring Keith Carradine, Dan Haggerty, Gary Busey, Hillarie Thompson and Christina Raines (billed as Tina Herazo). The film was initially publicized under the title Grass Land.[2] According to Phil Hardy's The Encyclopedia of Horror Movies, Hex "crosses elements of the bike film with those of the post-western and the supernatural tale... The film scarcely succeeds in welding its disparate elements together, but still makes a distinctive, atmospheric impression."[3]


Set in 1919,[4] immediately after the First World War, a loosely knit band of motorcyclists back from fighting in Europe is making their way across the United States to seek their fortunes in California. They come upon the fictional town of Bingo, Nebraska and are challenged to a race by a local hot rodder. The outcome of the race is disputed, and the bikers flee into the surrounding countryside. They hide on a farm owned by two sisters, Acacia and Oriole, whose recently deceased father was a Native American shaman. The bikers are soon discovered by the sisters, who reluctantly allow them to stay overnight. One of the bikers attempts to rape the younger sister, after which the older sister dons her father's shaman regalia and casts a hex on the gang. The bikers soon start departing this world in not so natural ways.



It has also been released under the titles Charms and The Shrieking.

The film is currently released as Charms on DVD by Smooth Motion Pictures Inc.


  1. Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p257
  2. "The Windsor Star - December 23, 1971".
  3. Hardy, Phil; Milne, Tom. The Encyclopedia of Horror Movies. Harper & Row, 1986. ISBN 978-0-0605-5050-9
  4. "NYTimes". The New York Times.

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