SINGAPORE SLING (1990) – The Dungeon Review!

“The Man Who Loved A Corpse”

A couple of people left comments on my review of the Greek zombie film Evil. One of the comments had a link to a review for another Greek film called Singapore Sling. Jori’s review over at Forced Viewing intrigued me enough to put this at number one in my queue. Singapore Sling is the second film I watched in the last few weeks that contained significant amounts of vomit and masturbation. I think I’ve officially met my vomit-masturbation quota for the year. I think I could tell you every last detail about this film, and it wouldn’t deaden the impact. The films visuals are so insane, bizarre and disturbing, it almost overshadows the plot. I have no intention of relaying the film in detail of course, but I have included some minor spoilers so proceed at your own risk.

A private eye is searching for a woman named Laura, and follows the trail to the home of an incestuous, sadomasochist mother and daughter team.

How’s that plot summary grab ya? Thankfully the director filmed in black and white, as there are scenes that would have been much nastier in colour. I was quite impressed with the look of the film. The director was clearly going for a film-noir vibe. He even calls his missing woman Laura as an ode to Otto Preminger’s Noir Classic. The villa the two women live in is a very cool space. The furniture and even the women themselves look as though they belong to some other decade. The director uses rain to great effect throughout the film but particularly in the opening scene. The two women are out in the pouring rain digging a hole wearing goggles, raingear and lingerie. The scene plays out almost like a Three Stooges bit with the women hitting each other with shovels and “accidentally” throwing mud in the others face. It’s a great looking scene and the slapstick comedy thrown in was actually quite amusing.

There are definitely funny moments in Singapore Sling and the mother and daughter characters are so freaking insane I couldn’t help but find them entertaining. Mother has a flare for drama and looks like a silent movie star. She speaks all her dialog in French and then translates herself into English. Daughter manages to come off somewhat naive despite the fact that her actions are anything but. She seems in a constant state of pre-orgasm and sometimes sputters and sneezes out her dialog. The film is narrated in sections and the characters often speak directly to the camera. Daughter speaks of her father who took her virginity when she was just a child. We get a reenactment with the daughter getting fucked doggie-style by her dad who is wrapped in bandages like a mummy. I actually found this particular image interesting. Perhaps it symbolizes daughter seeing father as a monster. Or maybe it means she never knew her father, hence he is faceless. And maybe it is just a fucked up image thrown in to shock, and I’m a head case. A woman getting fucked by her father isn’t remotely the most absurd or shocking image in the film.

There is a lot of weird sex and torture in Singapore Sling. The comedy and the black and white photography do take some of the edge off, but I doubt this film is going to be palatable for most people. How horrified you are by Singapore Sling will depend on your tolerance of depraved sex acts. There is not much of a body count and there are only a couple scenes of blood and/or gore. The women are killers, but they seem far more interested in exploring the lines between pain and pleasure. They don’t do anything to their captors they don’t do to themselves. Prepare yourself for shock therapy, water torture and golden showers amoung other unsavory acts. I was particularly repulsed by a scene where one of the characters shoves her fingers down her throat so she can vomit on her partners face while she orgasms. Bloody hell! There are some cringe-worthy, disgusting images I could have lived without seeing.

Singapore Sling is an interesting film that is occasionally brilliant. It is beautifully filmed and the mother and daughter played by Michele Valley and Meredyth Herold are both bold, fearless and fascinating in their roles. The private eye whom they nickname Singapore Sling has little to no dialog and spends the film in a semi-comatose state, but actor Panos Thanassoulis does get to have some fun in the films finale. Singapore Sling has a very satisfying ending I won’t soon forget! The plot is a simple one, but it is certainly effective enough. While the weird sex is often repulsive and sometimes hard to watch, I can’t say some of it wasn’t damn well executed. Singapore Sling is a cheeky and nasty little film I found unique and thoroughly mesmerizing. Highly recommended!

Dungeon Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Nikos Nikolaidis

Starring: Meredyth Herold, Panos Thanassoulis, Michele Valley

4 Responses to “SINGAPORE SLING (1990) – The Dungeon Review!”

  1. bizarre_eye Says:

    Funnily enough, I re-watched this recently myself. I love the dreamy noir-like structure of this film, plus I completely agree with you on the unforgettably satisfying ending, too!

    • goregirl Says:

      I’m surprised I never even heard of the film, considering its reputation. This could have been nothing more than an endurance test, but it actually is a really well made little fascination. And what an ending!

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  3. […] Singapore Sling is the story of a private eye searching for a woman named Laura who follows the trail to the home of an incestuous, sadomasochist mother and daughter team. An absolutely bizarre mix of humour, weird, kinky, vile sex and a touch of blood, gore and torture. The two women although murderous are far more interested in exploring the lines between pain and pleasure. They don’t do anything to their captors they don’t do to themselves. Prepare yourself for shock therapy, water torture, and golden showers amoung other unsavory acts. Ever shove your fingers down your throat so you can vomit on your partners face while they orgasm? Needless to say, Singapore Sling is not for everyone! Thankfully filmed in black and white, and quite beautifully I might add with great performances too. Michele Valley and Meredyth Herold who play the mother and daughter roles are both bold, fearless and fascinating. The private eye whom they nickname Singapore Sling has little to no dialog and spends the film in a semi-comatose state, but actor Panos Thanassoulis does get to have some fun in the film’s finale. Singapore Sling has a very satisfying ending I won’t soon forget! Singapore Sling is a cheeky and nasty little film I found unique and thoroughly mesmerizing. To read the full review click here. […]

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