The Goddesses of Underground Cinema: CAROLYN BRANDT

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I must admit until a month ago I was not familiar with the name Carolyn Brandt; despite having seen The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies and The Thrill Killers both of which feature the actress. The aforementioned are just two of several films Carolyn Brandt was in directed by Ray Dennis Steckler. Brandt was married to Steckler for ten years (1963 – 1973). Brandt continued to make films with the director after their divorce; post divorce she primarily narrated Steckler’s adult films. I subscribe to Fandor which either recently added a bunch of Steckler flicks, or I just finally noticed them. So I went on a binge and watched all of the Steckler films Fandor had; Rat Pfink a Boo Boo, Body Fever, Lemon Grove Kids, Blood Shack, Las Vegas Serial Killer and then re-watched the two films initially mentioned. Being a bit of a completist I found versions of Wild Guitar and The Hollywood Strangler Meets the Skid Row Slasher to watch. At some point I may actually seek out some of Steckler’s adult flicks. Steckler’s flicks amuse me. Wacky, memorable characters played by a cast of regulars including Steckler himself, Ron Haydock and of course the delightful Carolyn Brandt. The cute and charismatic actress is comfortable in front of the camera and appears to have great chemistry with her co-stars, especially Steckler not surprisingly. I enjoyed her roles in all of the Steckler films especially in Rat Pfink a Boo Boo and Body Fever. My personal favorite Steckler Body Fever (1969) features Ms. Brandt as Carrie Erskine; a thief who double crosses thieves. Steckler as Charles Smith is an incompetent private investigator who is hired by one of the thieves to track Erskine down. P.I. Smith has an office, a secretary and a boat that he lives on but apparently can’t afford a car so he hitchhikes from one location to another. After much ado he eventually does find Erskine and the two fall in love. Ridiculous and hilarious fun! With 28 acting credits to her name I thought the charming Ms. Brandt deserved a place in my Goddesses of Underground Cinema. It is a pretty exclusive club at this point. I hope to add more lovely ladies soon!

Carolyn Brandt as Carrie Erskine in Body Fever (1969)

Carolyn Brandt as Cee Bee Beaumont in Rat Pfink a Boo Boo (1966)

Carolyn Brandt as Carol and Ron Burr as Ron in The Thrill Killers (1964)

Carolyn Brandt as Marge Neilson in The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies (1964)

Carolyn Brandt’s Filmography

Face of Evil (2003)
Weekend Cowgirls (1983)
Indian Lady (1981)
Red Heat (1981)
The Hollywood Strangler Meets the Skid Row Slasher (1979)
Cover Girls (TV Movie) (1977)
Sex Rink (1976)
Teenage Dessert (1976)
Teenage Hustler (1976)
Teenage Massage Parlor (1976)
French Heat (1975)
French Fantasies (1975)
Perverted Passion (1974)
The Sexorcist (1974)
Rufus Potter’s Hooker Scam (1973)
Blood Shack (1971)
The Mad Love Life of a Hot Vampire (1971)
Pinocchio (1971)
Triple Play (1971)
Body Fever (1969)
Rat Pfink a Boo Boo (1966)
Lemon Grove Kids Meet the Monsters (1965)
Goof on the Loose (1964)
The Thrill Killers (1964)
The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? (1964)
Secret File: Hollywood (1962)
Wild Guitar (1962)
Eegah (1962)

2 Responses to “The Goddesses of Underground Cinema: CAROLYN BRANDT”

  1. Great writeup on a little known Actress with quite the exploitation filmography!

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