The Kill-Off

Alchemy is about a man, his girlfriend, and his neighbors. He decides to kill his gossipy wife, whom everyone hates...

Myra Pavlov (main character)
  • 1989 • Drama
  • [Credited as Jorjan Fox]


In a small coastal community in New Jersey, the only action in town is a run-down nightclub called Pavillion. The club’s owner, Pete (Jackson Sims), can barely make the payroll for Rags the bartender (William Russell), Myra the barmaid (Jorjan Fox) (who is also Pete’s daughter), and clean-up man Ralph (Steve Monroe). In a bid to bring in more customers, Pete hires a stripper, Danny Lee (Cathy Haase). Danny Lee’s act soon turns Ralph’s head, which is not good news for his wife Luanne (Loretta Gross).

Twenty years older than her husband, Luanne is unable to get out of bed (though the doctor says that there’s no medical explanation for this), and while she grudging allows Ralph to sleep with other women, the notion that he might fall in love with someone else sends her into a fit of rage. Luanne’s greatest talent (and her most potent weapon) is her gift for gossip, and when she begins to suspect that Ralph might want to leave her for Danny Lee, she starts spreading ugly rumors that have just enough basis in fact to stick. Before long, Luanne has circulated the word that Myra is a drug addict and that her boyfriend Bobbie (Andrew Lee Barrett) is pushing dope at the club, that Pete had an incestuous relationship with Myra, and that Rags was responsible for the death of his family in a car wreck.

As this bitter misinformation sweeps through the town, Luanne turns up dead, but this proves to be the beginning and not the end of a wave of violence and ugliness.


Credited as Jorjan Fox.

Myra Pavlov is a barmaid at her father’s nightclub. Myra is in an abusive relationship with both her father (who raped her when she was 12) and her boyfriend, who is not only physically and sexually abusive, but also gets her hooked on heroin. The movie is told, somewhat, in Myra’s perspective, and in the end, she is the only one left responsible for what was done.


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